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Making An Exit: From The Magnificent To The Macabre How We Dignify The Dead

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A book by Sarah Murray.
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I never knew a book about death could be so interesting.

  • Sep 28, 2011
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Making An Exit is a fascinating book about a subject I never thought I would be interested in. It is about how different countries dignify the dead through unique customs and practices. Sarah Murray is a British writer who lives in New York. Reading this book is truly like having a ticket around the world. Murray is an atheist, but she has a reverence for all things spiritual. I admire that in a person.

The fun part is visualizing some of the things she describes in the book. My favorite chapter is one that focuses on Ghana. The unique thing about Ghana is that people there get buried in fantasy coffins. She describes a coffin in the shape of the Empire State Building. This is what she would like to get buried in. She describes a coffin in the form of a Coke bottle and motorcycle. These are three different coffins I would like to see for myself.

Murray also travels to a place in southern Mexico called Oxaxca. The unique thing about this place is that residents set aside a special day each November 2nd to celebrate the dead. Bali is another place I found fascinating. This is a place where people are forbidden to mourn and often cremated with inside of a cow. This is another image I would to love to see in person. There are photographs at the beginning of each chapter. My favorite photo is an chandelier filled with bones and skulls that can found in the Czech Republic. The women of Iran capture their tears in a jar. They also stage a play to revere an Iranian poet who died in battle. The amount of respect that people have for the dead in Iran is impressive to me. Making An Exit is an excellent book for people who love to learn about new places. It is a reminder that death is the final stage of life, but it also motivates me to want to travel more.

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October 09, 2011
Interesting topic on something all of us will face !
 
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