My Father's Wake

How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love, and Die
Product Number: EB00705863
Released: Feb 27, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780306903144
Publisher: Da Capo Press
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Description

An intimate, lyrical look at the ancient rite of the Irish wake—and the Irish way of overcoming our fear of death Death is a whisper for most of us. Instinctively we feel we should dim the lights, pull the curtains, and speak softly. But on a remote island off the coast of Ireland's County Mayo, death has a louder voice. Each day, along with reports of incoming Atlantic storms, the local radio runs a daily roll call of the recently departed. The islanders go in great numbers, young and old alike, to be with their dead. They keep vigil with the corpse and the bereaved company through the long hours of the night. They dig the grave with their own hands and carry the coffin on their own shoulders. The islanders cherish the dead—and amid the sorrow, they celebrate life, too. In My Father's Wake, acclaimed author and award-winning filmmaker Kevin Toolis unforgettably describes his own father's wake and explores the wider history and significance of this ancient and eternal Irish ritual. Perhaps we, too, can all find a better way to deal with our mortality—by living and loving as the Irish do.

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Author(s): Kevin Toolis
Original Publish Date: Feb 27, 2018

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Author(s): Kevin Toolis
Narrator(s): Kevin Toolis
Product Number DD34367
Released: Feb 27, 2018
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ISBN: #9781549167744
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Author(s): Kevin Toolis
Narrator(s): Kevin Toolis
Product Number Z100130147
Released: Feb 27, 2018
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ISBN: #9781478999782

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