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by John Donne

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Title:Devotions: Upon Emergent Occasions, Together with Death's Duel (Ann Arbor Paperbacks)
Authors:John Donne
Info:University of Michigan Press (1959), Edition: Edition Unstated, Paperback, 246 pages
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Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Death's Duel by John Donne (1624)



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I don't usually read books about religion and I must say that I've been drawn to this one due to it being the "house" of the infamous sentence that originated several other works like Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" or Metallica's song that takes the same name. Oh, and also for it having a quotation used in the game The Walking Dead. That being said, I kinda hoped that this book would be suitable for people who liked some more poetic literature. I'm saddened to say that I was wrong, because the book really failed in catching my interest, and I can't even blame the book or the author himself. This book was not aimed for someone like me. And given the fact that I'm not a religious person, I believe that the reason this happened is the same reason that people who don't like horror books don't read Stephen King's books: it's just not interesting for them.

I'm giving two stars for this book because I think that the main sentence that I was expecting to read was there, and the context for it as well. As for the rest of it... well, maybe I'm better off with my action books. ( )
  aryadeschain | Aug 26, 2014 |
These meditations and prayers of John Donne are a difficult read - but worth the effort - most of us try to deny the reality of death by almost any means - here is a man struggling to accept death - struggling to find peace while life is slipping away - drawing out important spiritual lessons in the midst of suffering. ( )
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Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Death's Duel, one of the handsome series of Vintage Spiritual Classics, contains a rich collection of extraordinary writings, any one of which would be worth the price of the whole book. Andrew Motion's clear, accessible, entertaining, and erudite introduction explains the situation of both Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions--written in 1624, when Donne was feeble with a fever that doctors believed might kill him--and Death's Duel--Donne's final sermon at St. Paul's Cathedral, preached only a month before his death at age 59. Also included is Izaak Walton's The Life of Dr. John Donne, a spry and penetrating biography of the poet, written in 1640. And then there is the meat: both Devotions and Death's Duel show Donne at his very best--theatrical, humble, faithful, and doubting all at once. This is a book of severe and joyful mortality. Here is a foretaste from Devotions: "Death is in an old man's door, he appears and tells him so, and death is at a young man's back, and says nothing.... There is scarce anything that hath not killed somebody; a hair, a feather hath done it; nay, that which is our best antidote against it hath done it; the best cordial hath been deadly poison." --Michael Joseph Gross

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