Why Don T You Just Die Boyd Schaeffer Asks Her Husband, Russell, One Night During A Fight The Next Day, He Does Just That Russell Was Rich, Sensitive, Charming, But Always Unreliable And It Is Not Clear To Boyd What Emotional Legacy His Untimely Death Has Bequeathed Her Boyd Already Has A Complicated Relationship To Death A Former Obstetrician, She Fled Both Her Profession And New York City When One Of Her Patients Died Back Then, She D Escaped With Russell To Settle In Minnesota Now, She Embarks Along With Her Small Daughter On A Journey Into The Underworld Ajourney Of Grief, Self Reproach, And Self Discovery So Profound And Surprising That Her Individual Life In Its Quiet Midwestern Setting Takes On The Universal Lineaments Of Myth Boyd S Companions On This Journey Into The Shadow World Between Existence And Nonexistence Include A Lonely Undertaker An Unconventional Embalmer, Who Demonstrates His Trade For Her And Her Own Daughter, Who Offers A Child S Instinctive Wisdom About Life S Mysteries With Their Help And Her Own Persistence And Courage, Boyd Begins To Understand That Endings Are Often Also Beginnings, That The Book Of Life And Death Is Constantly Being Rewritten Before Our Eyes. After reading the reviews, I decided to give it a go anyway Thought that maybe I d find it oddly intriguing I was severely incorrect From beginning to end, just strange for me even and just felt like I was time reading
The topic of death seemed a little bit odd here It was a story of Boyd, a vaguely schizophrenic woman, who lived in the past assuming the worst of everything She pretty much ran from her bad luck, then her husband s bumbling to make it worse Though she didn t know that until later that he made things worse The husband was a character who seems to be a catalyst for a Woe is Me thread throughout the book He was an entitled idiot, drunkard, and wanna be poet But, that is all you get about it other than Boyd really hated him at the beginning of the book.I m not sure what it was about this book It was just OK, but there were lots of parts that had me scratching my head trying to figure out where Muske Dukes jumped from and to Seriously There were just jarring passages that didn t seem connected to one another You get the feeling it was supposed to go somewhere and have meaning, but it really just didn t I think the worst part about the book is that it s supposed to be an introspection about death, emotions, and how you might or might not feel after a loved one dies after you say some harsh words The problem with all this is that the characters are lacklustre, the storyline is jarring, and the depth of introspection made you want to stifle yawns It also got a little too purple from time to time to really figure out what the hell this Englis
I think I might have been knocked out by this book if I hadn t read Didion s much deeper examination of grief in her memoir There are some lovely, haunting moments in this novel, but the main character isn t terribly likeable, and I got
In this book, the main character s husband dies after she tells him that she wishes he would Then very, very little happens and the discussions of death and grief weren t particularly deep or thought provoking Aside from a few good passages here and there, this was a bore. I always liked the actor David Dukes This is his wife s story of guilt because she was angry with him and yelled, Die He did and she s left to wonder was it coincidence or suicide Heart wrenching. This was a good enough read, but I ended up a little dissatisfied at the end.
- 304 pages
- Life After Death
- Carol Muske-Dukes
- 18 May 2019 Carol Muske-Dukes