Death of An Ordinary Man

Death of An Ordinary Man

Book - 2004
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I Lucifer established Glen Duncan as a writer "up there in the literary stratosphere with Martin Amis or T. C. Boyle" (Washington Post). Now with Death of an Ordinary Man, Duncan continues his penetrating and innovative exploration of the supernatural with a novel that is far and away his most powerful and accomplished yet.

Nathan Clark's gravestone offers a short and hopeful summary: At rest. But Nathan is not at rest, and knows he won't be until he finds out why he died. How has he come to hover over his own funeral, a spectral spectator to the grief of his family and friends? Privy now to their innermost thoughts and feelings-- confessions that are raw, brutal, and unexpected-- Nathan spends the day of his wake getting to know the living as he has never known them before: His father struggles with a legacy of family tragedy; his wife and best friend with the baggage of a doomed affair; his older
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, c2004
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780802170040
Branch Call Number: DUN
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,21 cm


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Mar 22, 2014

Didn't finish. Didn't hold my interest.

Jul 14, 2012

This book unfolded in a beautifully written exploration of a mysterious experience of a recently deceased man. A gripping concept of death delivered through the pain and suffering of a family wrung feverish by loss. The author takes us along as witnesses to the passage from frustrated to appalled and then horrified of the restless Nathan Clark who cannot recall the circumstances leading to his current condition.
As a lapsed and ill-educated Catholic I had never thought to encounter a book that touched me this way. Here is a hell my instructors had never conveyed; here is a hell I could fear.
This is a novel I return to and find just as involving each time.

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