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Author:
Debra Adelaide
ISBN13:
978-0399155598
ISBN:
0399155597
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Publisher:
Putnam Adult; First U.S. Edition, 1st Printing edition (April 2, 2009)
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Women's Fiction
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1488 kb
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Автор:Debra Adelaide

Автор:Debra Adelaide. world via hospital intervention); read innumerable books, many of them excellent, a lot of them trashy but wonderfully so; drunk countless cups of tea every Sunday morning while skimming the tabloid papers with an equal mix of cynicism and delight; and made notes on all sorts of things, including writing lists.

This is her first book to be published in the United States. Delia is also writing her final book: ‘The Household Guide to Dying’, the last in a Household Guide series which has included the Garden, Home Maintenance, Kitchen and Laundry. She will address themes such as Palliative Care, Funeral Festivities and Wills and Wishes. She won’t, lacking the necessary experience, address the afterlife. I could have been lots of things.

Hugely original, life affirming and humorous, The Household Guide to Dying illuminates love, loss and . Debra Adelaide is the author of two novels which were published in Australia and four themed collections of fiction and memoirs.

Hugely original, life affirming and humorous, The Household Guide to Dying illuminates love, loss and the place we call home. She is now a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has three children and several chickens.

Debra Adelaide has toiled away on the mid-list of the Australian literary scene for decades, writing close to a dozen books (two novels among them) along the way. Her latest book, The Household Guide to Dying, marks her entry into the big time

Debra Adelaide has toiled away on the mid-list of the Australian literary scene for decades, writing close to a dozen books (two novels among them) along the way. Her latest book, The Household Guide to Dying, marks her entry into the big time. And, I’ll admit, I was intensely wary of all the hype. But, nearly 400 pages later, I’m a convert. This is an exceptional book

Автор: Adelaide Debra Название: The Household Guide to Dying Издательство: Random House (USA) .

This book empowers entrepreneurs to ignore popular "wisdom" and peer pressure to take charge of their businesses in a way that will help them succeed on their own terms.

T he Household Guide to Dying" is a moving, witty, and uplifting novel about Delia, who writes an acerbic and wildly popular household advice column. Debra Adelaide was born in 1958 in Sydeny, Australia

T he Household Guide to Dying" is a moving, witty, and uplifting novel about Delia, who writes an acerbic and wildly popular household advice column. Debra Adelaide was born in 1958 in Sydeny, Australia. She holds a BA and MA in English literature and a doctorate in Australian women¿s literature from the University of Sydney. She is an associate professor at the University of Technology, Sydney.

I was five when my father died and I wasn’t taken to the funeral. Those were the days when everything to do with death was silenced, hidden and guarded, like a rabid beast that a family was still obliged to keep. Children especially were kept well away, even from their dead parents, as if the bite of that beast would infect them forever. In the first few years after my father died, Jean would visit occasionally with a tin of Brasso and a fresh bunch of fake flowers, but she would never take me, and I don’t remember wanting to go.

Adelaide has published 11 books, including novels, anthologies and reference books on Australian literature. Her three novels are The Household Guide to Dying (Picador:2008), The Hotel Albatross (Vintage: 1995) and Serpent Dust (Vintage: 1998)

Adelaide has published 11 books, including novels, anthologies and reference books on Australian literature. Her three novels are The Household Guide to Dying (Picador:2008), The Hotel Albatross (Vintage: 1995) and Serpent Dust (Vintage: 1998) Bibliography. The Household Guide to Dying (2008). The Hotel Albatross (1995)

Debra Adelaide is the author of two previous novels in Australia including two novels, The Hotel Albatross, and Serpent Dust. Q. How can a book called The Household Guide to Dying be a novel about life?

Debra Adelaide is the author of two previous novels in Australia including two novels, The Hotel Albatross, and Serpent Dust. She is presently a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney where she lives with her husband and three children. A conversation with debra adelaide. How can a book called The Household Guide to Dying be a novel about life? And often funny, too? Perhaps death in a way is the object of life - not that we tend to consider this until the very end (and not that I have an especially morbid nature).

A terminally ill advice columnist fills her remaining days writing lists for her family on ways to organize their lives and composing a guide for her readers on dying.
  • I just finished reading this for the third time. When I read it years ago, I bought copies for my friends because I thought it was one of the most poignant books I'd ever read. Some parts were laugh out loud funny, while other parts made me cry. The story of a woman facing an early death and her incredible journey as she tries to tie up all the loose ends and help her family deal with losing her. I know I'll read it again.

  • This was a great book for our book sale :). Great job!!!

  • Fast read

  • A very engaging book. It deals with a woman, a young wife and mother, who is dying and tries to weave together all the pieces of her life. And the emphasis is on LIFE and how death shines such a sharp light on everything. There are many mysteries to untangle and it can be a bit frustrating to work through some of the details, but the author ties them all together wondrously. You won't be disappointed.

  • Delia Bennet, wife and mother aged 39, is dying. Between now, and then, there is a lot Delia wants to accomplish. She has her lists of things to do, her loose ends to tie up, her planning for her husband and daughters once she is dead. Delia is also writing her final book: ‘The Household Guide to Dying’, the last in a Household Guide series which has included the Garden, Home Maintenance, Kitchen and Laundry. She will address themes such as Palliative Care, Funeral Festivities and Wills and Wishes. She won’t, lacking the necessary experience, address the afterlife.

    ‘I could have been lots of things. And yet I had become a dying mother with a book that possibly would never be finished.’

    Delia wants to say goodbye to her daughters Daisy and Estelle, to her husband Archie. She wants to prepare them for her death. And it’s hard: balancing what Delia thinks their needs will be in the future with their (and her) current needs. How do you prepare for a future that you are no longer an active part of? Delia’s life is rich and layered: her research for her book – including attending an autopsy, her regular column of domestic advice, her family. Delia may be dying, but she’s not sitting around waiting for it to happen.

    ‘It was natural to want to tie up the dangling threads before you died. These threads had tripped me up too often over the years,’

    Delia needs to revisit her past. Her life as a pregnant 17 year old in a Queensland country town called Amethyst. Delia’s two week solo visit to Amethyst is a very special part of this novel: can she find what she is searching for?

    ‘Death is a condition, but dying is an act, I said. It’s a noun versus a verb.’

    I loved this book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me think. It made me wonder, too, about the fine line between fact and fiction. This novel really appeals to me: it’s the combination of a strong, likeable character, humour, the balance between the important and the mundane.

    Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  • The movement between her present and her past was annoying, as I felt it slowed the story down, I didn’t feel as if I needed to spend as much time unraveling her past, when the first few glimpses into it, told me what was coming – I found it irritating.

    I also found many of the events unrealistic and wasn’t wrapped up in the story enough to overlook these points.
    There were a few nice moments – the decoration of the coffin (especially Archie’s contribution) and Mr. Lambert’s roses.

    I think the tone of the book contributed to me not being drawn in by it too - the emotions were not really felt but masked as if by gauze or something – all restrained (which I have related to in other books but not here) and civilized and somehow lacking, easy for the reader to stand apart from.

    I didn’t like the “everything tied with a neat bow” resolution of everything either – death isn’t like that, even when people have warning its coming.

  • Not a stranger to loss, having been thru sudden, long term illness, and tragic deaths, I chose this book to open my heart and enhance my understanding. It is a novel of a household guide writer's final days facing the end as she succumbs to a losing battle with cancer.
    The book goes from the ridiculous...Delia's household books and advice for example. To the...
    Bizarre and I might add craziness...of watching a live (no pun intended) autopsy; witnessing the extraction of a loved one's heart; getting a casket made of rough hewn and cratelike materials to place on her porch for what seems like months before her 'passing' so her young daughters can decorate with drawings etc, her husband too; making blood sausage out of her own blood to leave for her unwitting family to devour after she is gone to have a part of her within them etc.
    To the poignant...the search for something...closure, acceptance, reassurance, reconnection to her lost son; and the ultimate end when the focus becomes more real and understandable.
    Her husband, Archie, is a prince of a man, and her children, well, they behave like children.
    While I will not most likely forget this book, I would not have chosen it had I known its contents.
    The final pages did reinforce my own personal convictions...to try to live life to its fullest, appreciate the smallest and most valuable blessings and embrace the ones I love and care for.

  • My beloved mother is dying and being in a morbid mood, I decided to read this book and am so glad I did. How often do we read books about people who are dying? I don't - too depressing. But this book is splendid - sweet and profound. It really helped me focus on how much appreciation I have for my Mom and helped me have a better understanding of what she might be going through. This book did what all great books should do - make me laugh, cry, think and hopefully grow. A wonderful treat.