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A Small Book of Grave Humour [Paperback]

Fritz Spiegl
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3 Dec 1971
A funny collection of epitaphs. Born in Austria, Fritz Spiegl came to England as a child. He attended Magdealen College School and the Royal Academy, while simultaneously training as a graphic designer.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books (3 Dec 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330028715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330028714
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 10.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 917,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly amusing 14 July 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This amusing little book consists of comic and curious inscriptions collected by Fritz Spiegl and recreated by Jane Knights in the original letters and style. The format of the book resembles a gravestone, i.e. the tops of the pages jut out in rounded form.
According to the compiler, many messages that were meant to last until judgment day are getting lost due to property development and air pollution and therefore need to be preserved. In the foreword, Spiegl refers to previous anthologies like that of Andrews, Beable and Diprose and to the book The Epitaph Writer: Consisting of Upwards of Six Hundred Original Epitaphs, Moral, Admonitory, Humorous and Satirical by John Bowden.
The epitaphs appear on the right hand side with the location indicated (and sometimes a historical note or a quote from The Churchyards Handbook or the Bible) on the left hand page. They commence with that of Mrs Phoebe Crew of Norwich who as a midwife brought 9730 children into the world. To me the funniest one is "Here lies Jane Shore I say no more who was alive in Sixty-five," an epitaph from Wrexham in Denbighshire. There are also some interesting anagrams.
Some epitaphs are witty, some are laugh out loud funny, but the book isn't all that serious about its subject I suspect. This small book of grave humour at least provides about an hour of amusement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A small book big on humour. 20 Nov 2011
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This is a great little book which shows the quirky and humorous side of death. Yes, we can't control it, but we can have a laugh at it! Fritz Spiegel has come up with a store of gems of the unusual, like the man who was seven feet nine inches tall and weighed 27 stones, and of humour, intentional or otherwise, like Sara 'who went to sleep with Christ'; and the man 'of much courage and superb equipment'. The book was first published in 1971 so it might be out of print, but, if you can get hold of a copy, it's well worth a look.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly amusing 14 July 2004
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This amusing little book consists of comic and curious inscriptions collected by Fritz Spiegl and recreated by Jane Knights in the original letters and style.
According to the compiler, many messages that were meant to last until judgment day are getting lost due to property development and air pollution and therefore need to be preserved. In the foreword, Spiegl refers to previous anthologies like that of Andrews, Beable and Diprose and to the book The Epitaph Writer: Consisting of Upwards of Six Hundred Original Epitaphs, Moral, Admonitory, Humorous and Satirical by John Bowden.
The epitaphs appear on the right hand side with the location indicated (and sometimes a historical note or a quote from The Churchyards Handbook or the Bible) on the left hand page. They commence with that of Mrs Phoebe Crew of Norwich who as a midwife brought 9730 children into the world. To me the funniest one is "Here lies Jane Shore I say no more who was alive in Sixty-five," an epitaph from Wrexham in Denbighshire. There are also some interesting anagrams.
Some epitaphs are witty, some are laugh out loud funny, but the book isn't all that serious about its subject I suspect. This small book of grave humour at least provides about an hour of amusement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A few gems among the lot 11 May 2004
By Sarah Sammis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've finished reading through the book. The epitaths seem for the most part to be fairly straight up in their messages.
My favorite of the lot is:
Here Lies
in a horizontal position --
THOMAS HINDE
Clock and Watch maker
Who departed this life wound up
in hope of being taken in hand
by his Maker and being
thoroughly cleaned repaired and
set a-going in the world to come
On the 15th of August 1863
In the 19th year of his life
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