A journalist with plenty of experience plus the annecdotes of colleagues gathers their favourite obits, so the writing is very competent. Eventually, I started skipping to the later chapters, and voila: the stuff the title and book cover promises - juicy gossip, insights into real lives - great and humble, and finally, enough fun and information to inspire one to start looking at the obits. The author helpfully names the best newspapers. My favourite entry: a translation of cliches to deal with the less respectable aspects of the deceased's life. For example, "always hospitable" = chronic alcoholic. A real hoot!
A great read for those who love to read the obits.
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