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The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade Summary
Thomas Lynch

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The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade Summary

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Thomas Lynch is a famous American poet and essay writer, and yet he has the unusual additional role as an undertaker. As such, The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade is a unique book, full of profound insights and lyrical prose built around Lynch's work as the owner and operator of a funeral home in his hometown of Milford, Michigan. Initially one might think that 'The Undertaking' is about the 'dismal trade' of undertaking, but the subtitle 'life studies from the dismal trade' is closer to the point. The book does not have a single theme or point but instead is a series of life lessons built around death, dying and community.

Even the title of the book suggests the underlying ambiguity in the book's subject matter, as 'undertaking' is both a verb describing the activity of an undertaker and a noun, referring to a journey or...

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