The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat

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Edwidge Danticat’s The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story is at once a personal account of her mother dying from cancer and a deeply considered reckoning with the ways that other writers have approached death in their own work. “Writing has been the primary way I have tried to make sense of my losses,” Danticat notes in her introduction. “I have been writing about death for as long as I have been writing.”

The book moves outward from the shock of her mother’s diagnosis and sifts through Danticat’s writing life and personal history, all the while shifting fluidly from examples that range from Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude to Toni Morrison’s Sula. The narrative, which continually circles the many incarnations of death from individual to large-scale catastrophes, culminates in a beautiful, heartrending prayer in the voice of Danticat’s mother. A moving tribute and a work of astute criticism, The Art of Death is a book that will profoundly alter all who encounter it.

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ISBN : 1555977774
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 pages


Ken rated it ★★★★☆

August 22, 2017

One of those "tiny" books, dimension-wise, The Art of Death is a quick read. What art is there in dying, you ask? Well, Danticat is more about the literary treatment of death in all its manifestations (alone, together, by accident, by your own hand, by murderers, etc.). Thus, the book offers many...

David rated it ★★★★☆

July 08, 2017

It’s a monumental thing to lose your mother. Having that shared experience with Edwidge Danticat, this became an instant must read. Sure, the idea of a book, however brief, dedicated solely to the idea of death is not for everyone. But Danticat manages to keep the content elevated above the threa...

Shirleen rated it ★★★★☆

October 24, 2017

4.25/5 on aesthetic narrative structural merits 5/5 - on heart. what threads these disparate chapters together, written often for varying news and magazine outlets, is that Danticat processes her mother's death of ovarian cancer. The continuity is not linear, but it's there. Danticat shares her gr...

John rated it ★★★★★

June 18, 2017

An excellent, deeply moving resource for writers who wish to write about death and dying.

S.W. rated it ★★★★☆

July 15, 2017

This is my 8th Dandicot book and won't be my last. She is an amazing thinker and I enjoyed this all-to-brief glimpse into her mind. I'm still giggling about the "momoir" genre she mentioned. The bibliography of referenced works illustrates her vast and varied influences, and this book demonstrate...

Wendy rated it ★★★☆☆

August 03, 2017

I felt like a grad school professor reading my student's thesis or dissertation on the art of death. There are five pages of works cited. I give it an A+. As far as pleasure reading goes, though, I'd give it a 'C'.

Tia rated it ★★★★☆

July 12, 2017

I read this book in one day, in one sitting (punctuated by the living tasks of eating and such), feeling less like I was reading a memoir (or a piece of literary criticism) and more like I was sitting across the table from Danticat, listening to her discuss her death with the sort of casual-but-s...

N.K. rated it ★★★★★

September 06, 2017

I read The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story while I was working on my own essay about maternal death. This was somewhat serendipitously as I wasn’t in the SoHo bookstore searching for inspiration. I was only killing time. Using the air conditioned space, lingering as I was waiting for my din...

Jason rated it ★★★★★

November 16, 2017

One of my favorite books I’ve read this year, part memoir, part literary criticism, all heart and mind and soul. Danticat examines the ways we think and write and feel about death in light of her mother’s death.

Lisa rated it ★★★★★

August 12, 2017


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