Friday, May 14, 2010

Review: Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training by Tom Jokinen

At forty-four Tom Jokinen began to seriously question the secular funeral rites that are taking over the industry: is this really the way we want to say our final goodbyes? The question had such a hard grip on his Finnish soul that he decided to quit his job in order to become an apprentice undertaker. Curtains is about what he found, from the mundane to the macabre. Among the things he learned: in cremation, the heart and head are the last parts to burn; purple lipstick looks best on a dead man; funeral directors have been known to dance during the service - out of sight of funeral goers, of course, and with the utmost respect for the dead. For anyone who's secretly wondered why they paid $2000 for a 5-lb bag of dust - or questioned whether that dust was really the person they loved - Curtains lifts the veil on the funeral industry in the 21st century.

Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets four stars. It was a genuinely fascinating look into rarely seen world. It was very well written and infinitely readable with a great style and flow to the narrative. Certainly it was necessarily graphic at points, but it was not done to shock, but rather to illustrate and educate. This thought provoking book is definitely recommended for those with stronger stomachs.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Nice review. This really does sound like an interesting story.


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