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The Brief History of the Dead Download õ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ó The City is inhabited by the recently departed who reside there only as long as they remain in the memories of the living Among the current residents of this afterlife are Luka Sims who prints the only newspaper in the City with news from the otheApped by extreme weather in an Antarctic research station She's alone and unable to contact the outside world her radio is down and the power is failing She's running out of supplies as uickly as she's running out of time. Could have been briefer

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The City is inhabited by the recently departed who reside there only as long as they remain in the memories of the living Among the current residents of this afterlife are Luka Sims who prints the only newspaper in the Ci. Rating 39 of fiveThe Publisher Says From Kevin Brockmeier one of this generation's most inventive young writers comes a striking new novel about death life and the mysterious place in between The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living They will reside in this afterlife until they are completely forgotten But the City is shrinking and the residents clearing out Some of the holdouts like Luka Sims who produces the City’s only newspaper are wondering what exactly is going on Others like Coleman Kinzler believe it is the beginning of the end Meanwhile Laura Byrd is trapped in an Antarctic research station her supplies are running low her radio finds only static and the power is failing With little choice Laura sets out across the ice to look for help but time is running out Kevin Brockmeier alternates these two storylines to create a lyrical and haunting story about love loss and the power of memoryMy Review I am simply appalled that my cynical shell has been breached by a man who has an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop and who has been published in McSweeney's Crazyhorse and suchlike Writerly VenuesAppalled But then there's thisAnyone who has ever experienced love knows that you can have too much or too little You can have love that parches love that defeats You can have love measured out in the wrong proportions It's like your sunlight and water the wrong kind of love is just as likely to stifle hope as it is to nourish itThat laddies and gentlewomen needed saying and needed Brockmeier to say it It's just that true and just that beautifully craftedI hate thatI make merciless fun of and throw lots of rotten eggs at the Writerly Writers like Eggers and Franzen and Foster Wallace for their pretty sentences going nowhere new or even all that interesting Their self congratulatory cadres nay myrmidons attack anyone who dares say yeah so of the myrmidons' ikons Why can't Brockmeier have inspired such a slavish culty following so that I may point and say but him He's a good one He's a Writerly Writer with something interesting to sayLife is unfairBut anyway The story is a good one of dislocation in time and space with all that implies for identityhow do we survive as ourselves even knowing that we aren't in any space ever known to usso we're already of to a pleasing start The Writerly Writing is an enhancement of the basic story because the sentences being self consciously pretty and profound make a point about the afterlife It's a well used techniue in this instance and doesn't feel show offy as normally it could or even wouldThe ending Well now all things have flaws The important uestion is is it a raku pottery crazing type flaw or an inclusion in the diamond type flaw This will greatly depend on one's point of view of the afterlife I'm on the fence with this book's endingand I come down on the raku pottery side only because I like the rest of the book so much A different mood and this would be a three star review with a sad impatient growl about the sentimentality of the endingLucky Brockmeier I had Thin Mints before I wrote this review

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The Brief History of the DeadTy with news from the other side; Coleman Kinzler a vagrant who speaks the cautionary words of God; and Marion and Phillip Byrd who find themselves falling in love again after decades of marriage On Earth Laura Byrd is tr. i always want even when i enjoy a book especially when i enjoy a book i love the concept of this book and while its true there are some implausibilities here and while it gets a little thin in places it is easy to overlook because it is such a delight to read yes a delighti am tacking on a little to this sad and short excuse for a review because i was thinking about this book today after i finished reading on the beach if anyone needs a dissertation topic or just has the free time to write something for fun you could do worse than to explore the placement of coca cola in post apocalyptic fiction i think it would be fun feel free to use this book the road on the beach and many others what does this say about the permanence of american commercialism to whom do we assign responsibility is its inclusion meant to evoke wistful nostalgia or cynical consumerism discuss