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The Language of Dying Audio CD – 1 Dec 2013

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471250571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471250576
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,970,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A woman sits beside her father's bed as the night ticks away the final hours of his life. As she watches over him, she relives the past week and the events that have brought the family together. Sitting through her lonely vigil, she remembers what she saw all those years ago, the thing they found her screaming for. And as she peers through the window, she finds herself hoping it will come again.

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There comes a time in every person's life when you realise that your parents are only human, that revelatory second when you discover that they are not the giants that you always assumed them to be. It's that moment when you learn that they are in fact just as flawed as everyone else.

Sarah Pinborough does a wonderful job of tapping directly into that sensation. As the family history is explored it is easy to draw parallels between the impending loss of the father and other traumatic events in the past. Old forgotten feelings of anger, grief and impotence resurface and the siblings are forced confront feelings long since buried.

The thing that really struck me about The Language of Dying is that this is an intensely personal story. There is a sense of near voyeurism as you experience the innermost thoughts and feelings of a woman watching her father slowly die and her family drift apart. The writing is so strong that at times throughout the narrative, I felt as though I was genuinely intruding on another person's life.

The relationships between the brothers and sisters, their insecurities, are all laid bare. Though their father may not have been the best parent in the world, he is undoubtedly the lynch-pin of their family unit. The sense that they will all suffer greatly at his loss is palpable.

Effective and subtly affecting this is a beautiful, sometimes harrowing, story that deals with the most devastating of life's experiences in a delicate and thoughtful manner. Anyone who has ever lost a family member or friend, will appreciate the sense of catharsis that Pinborough captures in her writing. There is every possibility that you will be able to relate to the stories darker moments as well.
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This is a superb novella by the always delightful Sarah Pinborough -- when she's not writing dark fantasy horror and assorted other nastiness, of course. And despite its diminutive page count (just 88 page), Sarah is a master storyteller, and imbues all her characters (especially the narrator herself who is never really referred to by name) with a genuine sense of 'the real'... Most of this tale reads as that of a love-letter to a dying man (the narrator's father) from the one daughter that genuinely seems to have a 'connection' with him, whilst the rest of the family (five siblings in all) bring their own unique character to the inevitable bickering and squabbling that surrounds such an unsavoury gathering. The characters are real, the sense of foreboding and misery more than tangible, and the brilliant writing all-pervading -- another excellent piece of work to add to her burgeoning haul... read it.
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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have had to look deep before writing this review, i read the 144 page book twice in a few days. On the surface for some it may be simple to wave it away as a bit morbid, a bit depressing, lets fave it the book on the surface is about a man dying of cancer.
But as much as there is a man dying of cancer its about the woman, about how she is and isn't coping, how she feels about her family, how she loves and hurts over her siblings, how she has cocooned herself in her childhood whilst trying to recover from her adulthood, about how where she has always felt in the family. All the introspection that someone would feel during a massively traumatic experience, its the same introspection we turn on ourselves in smaller and or greater levels when dealing with life.
For me the language of introspection is the language of dying, we are all dying, we are all dealing with dying and death, life is about death and how well we get there, you cannot escape it. (she oh so nearly broke me when the son Davey, despite everything steps up and takes his father for a wash... so close, massive lump in throat).
Sarah Pinborough's writing in this case is beautiful, it whilst one of the shortest books i have read this year is one that has made me stop and assess and think the most. It is also one of the books i will recommend the most. (some of you will not enjoy the experience, but you cannot fail to enjoy the writing). I still don't know that i have come close to writing the impact of this little book, but i tried, and that should tell you enough about the quality of it.
Now i need (and i do mean need) to go and read some of the Dog faced gods series, i finally get what people have been saying about her writing.
For anyone on twitter wanting to chat with her @SarahPinborough she is the life and soul of the tiwitterverse, so pop along.
do not miss this book, it is an experience as much as a read.
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I read The Language of Dying a few months before my own mum unexpectedly died, and, if I'm honest, I don't think I'll ever be able to read it again. It's too powerful, too real and too close to home. That being said, Sarah Pinborough has written this book beautifully, making it both hard to read and even harder to put down. It hits you where you least expect it to, and is a book I'm still thinking about even now, safe in the knowledge that I'm not alone with my sadness and grief.

The Language of Dying is about an unnamed woman who is charged with the task of watching her father die. His life is in its final hours, and she is finally free of her flawed family and able to spend some time alone with him. It's a hard night, one that seems fast but also inexplicably slow. Death comes creeping in, steadily but surely, and there's really nothing the woman can do to deter it. All she can do is wait.

This book might be about a man dying of cancer, but it's also about his daughter and how she sees her life and the lives of her siblings. Neither one of them is perfect, her childhood was far from perfect, yet she's there, at the end, waiting out her father's last hours with him. She reflects on everything she's gone through to get this far, including her own shortcomings, and it's about as realistic a family tale as you're likely to get.

Sarah Pinborough has written this book with the utmost care and understanding, even though it's so harrowing and poignant. It's a book about death, about a life leading up to death and how we approach and journey through it. Death is something none of us can escape - I know that now better than I ever did before - but how we get to those final moments is what matters.
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