January 28

Review: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Blog, Reviews | No Comments

I started this book in November, when I also started a Zen book. I added a relationships book that had been recommended to me in December. Of those three books, surprisingly to me, this is easily my favorite. Perhaps that is evident as I finished it first.

It may not be a surprise to my readers that the topic of the book is death (one of my favorite topics). Caitlin Doughty handles the topic with humor but doesn’t shy away from any aspect of the it. Some of the book is her experiences working at a crematory. Some is a journey into her psyche. Some of the book is an education on how other cultures handle their dead. The entire book is woven together expertly, and one never wonders if writing isn’t her true occupation.

My favorite part of the book is how it advocates a good death. A few close to me know this is something I am striving for, and it was nice to hear my beliefs and thoughts echoed by an expert; and more, someone who wants to change the whole death industry.

I highly recommend the book. I imagine few will heed this recommendation, as I am in agreement with the author that most in our culture avoid the topic of death vehemently.

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