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CURTAINS, ADVENTURES OF AN UNDERTAKER IN TRAINING April 28, 2010

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I read this book because I had just finished reading In the Land of Long Fingernails by Charles Wilkins. I guess you could say I was on a bit of a funereal binge. I may read something called Grave Matters next.

I also read Curtains by Tom Jokinen because it was set in Winnipeg and I’m a sucker for a book that mentions street names I recognize and buildings I have set foot in.

This book is a perfect rainy day read. The curtains at the funeral home get pulled back for all to see in this funny, sad, touching and entertaining tale. A former CBC radio producer takes a job as an apprentice at a Winnipeg funeral home. That’s the story in a nutshell. There are the expected creepy parts that delve into the details of cremation and embalming. But what has stayed with me from this book more than anything else isn’t about death. It’s about life. And specifically—the dash.

So what is the dash? It’s that little line between the year you were born and the year you died and it makes all the difference. Think about it.
$32
At most major bookstores or online at randomhouse.ca

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One Response to “CURTAINS, ADVENTURES OF AN UNDERTAKER IN TRAINING”

  1. Leslie Says:

    I agree! A fantastic read! Tom’s sense of sarcastic humor and keen eye for observation make for a light-hearted yet deep look into what is done at the time of someone’s death. His thoughts into society’s views from Canada to the U.S. are hilarious and eye-opening too! And just because my family is mentionned in this book does not make me biassed! 😉


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