Being Dead is more about the leavings of death than it is about the state of death itself. Running crazy fate lines between the past and present of Joseph and Celice, Crace returns again and again to those mutilated bodies in the dunes with updates on the colour of their decaying skin, the seeping fluids and the creatures feeding off them. This is not a murder book-- the killer is perhaps the least important character. But Crace gives some wonderful glances at death- professionals, in particular a drugged-up lascivious mortuary clerk; "He'd find his own name on the list one day...Enfin, a name to make his heart stand still. Sincere at last."
Jim Crace is the author of Continent, The Gift of Stones, Arcadia, Signals of Distress and Quarantine, which won the 1997 Whitbread Novel Award and was shortlisted for the 1997 Booker Prize and IMPAC Literary Prize. Crace has won numerous other awards, including the EM Forster Award and the Guardian Fiction Award. -- Anna Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I had never read a Jim Crace before and had read reviews before purchase, I have yet to figure if its a book about death or disfunctional family life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mary smyth
According to the Guardian this book is a joy to read. Alas, I didn't find it so. My requirements from a book are obviously very different from that of the Guardian reviewer. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Music Maker
I would like to give this 2 and a half stars.
I didn't enjoy this novel very much. I didn't know anything about this writer before reading it and I doubt that I will... Read more
Interesting idea for novel, forensic science and nature mix, the character parts the dead bodies 'play' gives great presence, however idea somewhat too visible/the structure too... Read morePublished 14 months ago by grainne
took ages to download and then it was sbout dead bodies. total waste of money in my view. twilight much better.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really rated 'Harvest', my first Jim Crace novel - loved its graceful, measured prose, it's strangely alien voice. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Woolco