Book Review: Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial, Penny Colman (1997)

June 4th, 2005 11:59 pm by mad mags

Suitable for young adults & casual readers

three out of five stars

In “Corpses, Coffins and Crypts: A History of Burial,” author Penny Colman offers a brief overview of death, dying, and related customs and rituals throughout time and across cultures alte filme legal downloaden. Intended for a younger audience (grades 9 through 12), the book is a relatively superficial examination of an incredibly complex topic.

Although the book’s title stresses burial customs, “Corpses, Coffins and Crypts” includes discussions of a number of disposal methods, such as burial (in cemeteries, tombs, catacombs, and mausoleums), cremation (with either burial or scattering), exposure, and cryopreservation txt herunterladen. More morbid practices, like cannibalism, are largely omitted. The most emphasis is placed on burial in cemeteries, and Colman includes a number of black-and-white photos to supplement the text; most are of famous or historic cemeteries and graves filme bei netflix herunterladen laptop.

Throughout the book, Colman maintains a lighthearted and humorous tone, perhaps to set apprehensive readers at ease with the taboo material. For instance, she incorporates a picture of Archie Arnold’s grave into the book herunterladen. Arnold, a prankster in life, arranged to have his tomb flanked on either side by antique parking meters, with their dials set to “expired.” Colman also interweaves a number of personal anecdotes and narratives into the text, giving her discussion a conversational, friendly feel herunterladen. While some readers might appreciate the tone, I found it a bit informal for my tastes.

“Corpses, Coffins and Crypts” is probably most suitable for teenagers, as well as adult audiences who want a brief, casual read on the subject spiele apps herunterladen. For those looking for a more scholarly and in-depth look at death and dying, I highly recommend Kenneth Iserson’s encyclopedic Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies gif handy? (from which Colman quoted heavily). At over 800 pages, Iserson truly does cover all the bases!

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