The Undertaking

Life Studies From the Dismal Trade

Lynch, Thomas

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Undertaking
Here is the voice of both witness and functionary. Lynch stands between "the living and the living who have died" with outrage and amazement, awe and calm, straining for the brief glimpse we all get of what mortality means to a vital species.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2009, c1997
Edition: 1st Norton pbk
ISBN: 9780393334876
Branch Call Number: 814.5 L9878u 2009
Characteristics: xx, 199 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm


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A finalist for the National Book Award the year it was published (1997), this was also the basis for the HBO show Six Feet Under.

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Apr 01, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I was disappointed in this book. I expected lots of details of the funeral/embalming process but it was more details about his life and the people in it.

Mar 31, 2014
  • JCLKimG rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thomas Lynch puts the fun in funeral in this humorous account of life as a funeral director. His story is the basis of the hit HBO series Six Feet Under. If you love this, be sure to check out Mary Roach's Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers and Jessica Mitford's The American Way of Death.


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