The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead

The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead

Book - 2008
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Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307268044
0307268047
Branch Call Number: Biography B Shi

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chatkanuda
Aug 09, 2012

Shields challenges the autobiographical genre by shattering it into pieces and weaving it through a deluge of facts about the human life cycle. In doing so, he represents our current condition—fragmented and overloaded by information—in a way that typical narrative arcs do not and cannot. The tone is candid and the writing is brisk: sometimes poignant, sometimes glib. The pieces do seem to add up to something larger, but nothing terribly significant, insightful, or necessary for me. A good summer read to get you thinking about things for the fall.

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Pisinga
Mar 18, 2011

Not bad. There are many phrases of famouse people about life and death. It gives the impression that the author's point of view is - no matter what we do, or how wise or rish we are, the end is always the same - the death of our physical body. And so it is.
At times, stories about the life of the author and tof his father interspersed likely chaotically.
Some descriptions of the sport are kind of boring.

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chatkanuda
Aug 09, 2012

"Living with a manic depressive wasn't like living with a drug addict. It wasn't like living with a funeral...It was more like that: just knowing every lake is man-mande and sore or later needs to be emptied."

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