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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