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Will the Circle be Unbroken? - Reflections on Death and Dignity (Paperback): Studs Terkel
Will the Circle be Unbroken? - Reflections on Death and Dignity (Paperback): Studs Terkel

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Studs Terkel needs no introduction. American broadcaster and oral historian, his sensitive interviews with people from all walks of life have earned him the Pulitzer Prize. Here he tackles the long-neglected subject of death. Terkel talks to doctors, detectives, clergymen, mothers, people with Aids; an actress, a singer, an undertaker, a nurse. There are a number of recurring themes: the importance of being able to die with dignity; the feeling that death is a moving on from the present dimension and being transformed into another state; the existence of a continued dialogue with the dead (which most sociologists presume has vanished); and the prevalence of a strong strand of fatalism in the American population. Interviewees feel that they were 'meant' to do certain things: 'There was something inside of me that just told me I had a purpose.' The 63 interviewees offer honest testimonies about dying, death and the possibility of an afterlife. No-one has any definitive answers but there are some remarkable insights. A blind folk singer suggests that the point of living is that the good in our lives is 'gleaned out and left to live in our offspring'. A paramedic reveals that he always knows the instant a person dies. 'You don't have to be a clinician to see the light leave their body, the instant that that body becomes inert substance. To me, it's a spiritual experience.' Biography lovers will be well aware that in most works the second most important and crucially interesting experience in the subject's life, his or her death, is invariably dismissed in a few words, sometimes only in a bleak sentence. In this one engrossing book, Studs Terkel attempts to redress the balance. He reminds us that there are positive ways to look at death and that ordinary people have not turned their backs on its presence in their daily lives. (Kirkus UK)
Studs Terkel explores the ultimate human experience, that of death and the possibility of life afterward. Death is the one experience we all share but cannot know. In this book, a wide range of people address that final experience and its impact on the present in which we live. As well as the elderly and sick, Terkel uses his talent to draw on the experiences of those who work closely with the dying - paramedics, police, firefighters, doctors and the recently bereaved. In talking about the ultimate and unknowable culmination of our lives, these people give voice to their deepest beliefs and hopes, reflecting on the lives they have led and what still lies before them.

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Imprint: Granta Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: March 2002
Authors: Studs Terkel
Dimensions: 233 x 153mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
ISBN-13: 978-1-86207-511-5
Barcode: 9781862075115
Categories: Books > Health, Home & Family > Family & health > Coping with personal problems > Coping with death & bereavement
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LSN: 1-86207-511-5

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