MY FATHER'S WAKE


MY FATHER'S WAKE

KEVIN TOOLIS    Book Number: 85383    Product format: Paperback

Sub-titled 'How the Irish Teach Us To Live, Love and Die' this profound book is on the culture of grief and death, serving as both a memoir and anthropology and a refreshing counterpoint to the industrialised death industry. Death is a whisper in the Anglo-Saxon world, but on a remote island off the coast of County Mayo, it has a louder voice. The local radio station runs a thrice-daily roll-call of the recently departed. The islanders keep vigil with the corpse and share in the sorrow of the bereaved. The living and the dead are bound together in the oldest rite of humanity. Here Kevin Toolis gives an intimate, eyewitness account of the death and wake of his father, celebrating the spiritual depth of the Irish Wake and asking if we too can find a better way to deal with our mortality by living and loving in the acceptance of death. Chapters include Catastrophes, Changelings, Hades, Tombs, Forebodings, Silences, Vigils, Remains, Burdens, Keening and Rites which even covers the cillíns in every village, meaning 'little burial ground' where they buried unbaptised babies, or suicides. On page 237 the Irish crowd enjoy earthy crudity and mockery of the pompous, frocked, dog-collared men who for so long policed the parish and the land. For we are all going to 'join with my fellow mortal soldiers, brothers and sisters, in victory or defeat, grief and sorrow, sadness or secret joy, embrace our self together on the shore against the mortal waves of death's ocean.' A deeply affecting book. 275pp in paperback.
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ISBN 9781474605243
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