Review: Being Dead

Being Dead
Being Dead by Jim Crace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Celice and Joseph are battered to death with a lump of granite in the dunes of Baritone Bay and that’s pretty much where they stay for the duration of the book. I struggled with this at first because it is just, as it says on the cover, about being dead. But as Crace slowly steps back from their brutal exit he shows us snatches of their relationship, that started thirty years ago back at Baritone Bay, I started to be dragged in. As the beach and its vast array of insects and wildlife start to slowly investigate the dead bodies we learn more and more about Celice and Joseph and I found myself unable to put it down. If you are expecting to read a crime procedural then don’t bother, but if you want to lose yourself totally in the tragic love of Celice and Joseph then read on. Crace’s impeccable use of language and faultless description will have this book stay with you long after you’ve put it down.

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