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Will the Circle Be Unbroken door Studs…
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Will the Circle Be Unbroken (origineel 2001; editie 2001)

door Studs Terkel (Auteur)

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Studs Terkel has turned to the ultimate human experience, that of death and the possibility of life afterward. Death is the one experience we all share but cannot know. In Studs Terkel's powerful new book, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? a wide range of people address that final experience and its impact on the present in which we live. In talking about the ultimate and unknowable culmination of our lives, these people give voice to their deepest beliefs and hopes, reflecting on the lives they have led and what still lies before them. The result is a book that may well be Terkel's most popular, a universal and deeply moving account of death and religion. This is the first time Terkel addresses the whole realm of religious belief and of expectations of an afterlife, including reincarnation. Interviewing a fascinating variety of people, he is able to come up with an extraordinary range of experience and of belief, all of which prove far more complex than Terkel anticipated. In the tradition of his books Working and Coming of Age, Studs Terkel addresses an issue bound up with all of our lives, yet rarely discussed on its own terms. From a Hiroshima survivor to an AIDS caseworker, from a death row parolee to a woman who emerged from a two-year coma, these interviewees find an eloquence and grace in dealing with a topic many of us have yet to discuss openly and freely. Terkel also interviews the vast array of people who confront death in their everyday lives, whether as policemen, firemen, emergency health workers, doctors, or nurses. Many of the most moving interviews deal with AIDS, and how the disease has devastated whole communities and forced people to face death at the young ages we associate with centuries past.… (meer)
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Titel:Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Auteurs:Studs Terkel (Auteur)
Info:New Press (2001), Edition: First Printing, 407 pages
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Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith door Studs Terkel (2001)

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Studs Terkel ((1912-2008) was an asthmatic sickly child who outlived every member of his family, his beloved wife Ida (M=44), and most of his peers, dying after a bad fall at age 96. Famous for flunking the bar exam and interviewing people on radio, about their Work. At age Terkel took on the topic of death, which, curiously, most people do not want to discuss. Death, and the wild speculations about "after life", is a universal certainty. This book contains 60-plus interviews of mostly regular folks--from the religious to the atheistic with no expectation of "rebirth". Their life stories and speculations about the afterlife are ventilated by one of the great "listeners" of radio experience. Includes a few well-known figures -- Kurt Vonnegut, radio journalist Ira Glass, and folksinger Doc Watson (of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame - bluegrass album "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"). Others, as artists, medics, and clergymen, and parents speaking of losing family members and friends. Some tell of personal encounters with heavenly voices and apparitions and "out of body" views. Terkel does not interject himself much here, but somewhere I recall him saying -- maybe -- he defined himself as "a cowardly atheist" during a 2004 interview with Krista Tippett on American Public Media's "Speaking of Faith".
  keylawk | May 16, 2017 |
This author does the simple things, asks questions and allows people to answer.
Amazing, ordinary people, like you and me ( )
  mikerees | Aug 14, 2015 |
A gift from Uncle Mody, this is a revealing set of Studs Terkel's oral interviews with a wide range of people on the topic of death, and what might come after. Here are interviews with doctors, ministers, atheists and agnostics, soldiers, funeral directors, those who came back from dying, death-row inmates, AIDS victims and helpers, parents who have lost their children, and one with a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing. Fascinating stuff, and mostly touched with a quiet optimism that this life is not the end. I'm reminded by the near-death survivors who "died" on the operating table and reported floating above their bodies, of a scientific experiment I read about recently that might provide some evidence: The researchers will place in the operating rooms a simple and easily-remembered graphic, which can only be seen from above the operating table. After any surgical near-death experiences, those who recount floating above their bodies will be asked if they can recall seeing the graphic. As a man of science, I'm quite interested to see the results someday. Until then, these stories are sufficiently fascinating. ( )
  burnit99 | Dec 3, 2009 |
Not as strong as others he's put together. Considerable insight into effects of the AIDS crisis that seems to be forgotten now. ( )
  ChrisWise | Jan 26, 2007 |
Ordinary stories told with extraordinary eloquence. Another wonderful collection from the master of oral history.
  bostonian71 | Oct 10, 2005 |
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Studs Terkel has turned to the ultimate human experience, that of death and the possibility of life afterward. Death is the one experience we all share but cannot know. In Studs Terkel's powerful new book, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? a wide range of people address that final experience and its impact on the present in which we live. In talking about the ultimate and unknowable culmination of our lives, these people give voice to their deepest beliefs and hopes, reflecting on the lives they have led and what still lies before them. The result is a book that may well be Terkel's most popular, a universal and deeply moving account of death and religion. This is the first time Terkel addresses the whole realm of religious belief and of expectations of an afterlife, including reincarnation. Interviewing a fascinating variety of people, he is able to come up with an extraordinary range of experience and of belief, all of which prove far more complex than Terkel anticipated. In the tradition of his books Working and Coming of Age, Studs Terkel addresses an issue bound up with all of our lives, yet rarely discussed on its own terms. From a Hiroshima survivor to an AIDS caseworker, from a death row parolee to a woman who emerged from a two-year coma, these interviewees find an eloquence and grace in dealing with a topic many of us have yet to discuss openly and freely. Terkel also interviews the vast array of people who confront death in their everyday lives, whether as policemen, firemen, emergency health workers, doctors, or nurses. Many of the most moving interviews deal with AIDS, and how the disease has devastated whole communities and forced people to face death at the young ages we associate with centuries past.

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