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Set just after the Civil War A Prayer for the Dying is the story of a small Wisconsin town gripped by a mysterious deadly epidemic and one man desperate to save it Torn between his loyalty to his family his faith in God and his terror of this vicious disease Jacob Hansen struggles to preserve his sanity amid the chaos and violence around him


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    this book is like boiling milk at first everything is nice and serene a calm pool of pure silken whiteness and then it starts to shimmer a little bit and you know things are happening and you start to notice little bloopy bits of activity but you don't want to stir it just yet steam starts to rise from it and it is almost magical like tiny milk ghosts and then bubbles one or two at first and then so many too many to even play milk whack a mole with and then rolling boil look at me there is no going back from here kiddies and by the time you reach for the whisk hypnotized by the spectacle everything is burnt and smelly and ruinedbut you have learned something even though it was an unpleasant lessonthis is jacob's story a civil war vet living in wisconsin and acting as his town's constablepastorundertaker if you are interested in his philosophy about how all three professions are connected he will surely tell you he is married with a new baby and a reputation for being a littleskewed do you like jacob as a character? it doesn't really matter because this is told in second person so to not like him is to not like yourself in a manner of readingbut even if you don't like him you will like the story because it is haunting as shitjen fisher light of my life pressed this book into my hands when she unexpectedly turned up in my neck of the woods a month or so back this present was nearly as good as her visit itself it is such a nice edition an undersized hardcover that just feels so perfect in the hand able to be held open with one hand while clutching the disease ridden subway pole with t'otherbecause this book is about horrible contagious diseasediptheria to be precise and it ravages the town spreading from person to person without sympathy or malice just doing what a disease does and causing jacob you no end of spiritual uneasethis book is about faith it is about love it is about sacrifice it is about trying to always make the right decision in desperate times it is about frequently making the wrong decision it is about a man you trying not to lose the part of him that trusts in the the mysterious ways of god in the middle of the outbreak just to add awful to the awful pile a fire begins to creep closer and closer to town thwarting old timey firefighters the town is in quarantine no one in or out but that fire doesn't care if you are sick or healthy and the unsick members of the town start to get a little antsywhat are you the spiritual adviser and the law combined going to do about it? oh dearfor such a short book the pacing in this is marvelous i marvel at it as and normalcy collapses background is exposed things that used to be done with a certain amount of care and reverence are by necessity done quickly sometimes with horrifying consequences but always in this beautiful prose that makes my heart clench i have never before read a passage about a horse being put down with ache in meo'nan does everything with a delicate touch of writerly panache the whole idea of deathbed conversion strikes you as false a sop for the dying it's when you are happiest sure of your own strength that you need to bow down and talk with god you wonder if that's lax or fanatic you know marta worries when you make too much of your faith so you've taken to praying in your office when the cell's empty the stone cold and hard on your knees there's nothing desperate about it just a comfort you rely on time to time but you've given up trying to explain it you can't really it's a feeling of almost knowing something of being close to some grand yet utterly simple answer but what the answer is you don't know it's easier to hide it keep it private which makes you ashamed you don't trust people with secretsahh jacob but you have secrets too dontcha?this is a dark dark book and a perfect antidote to that harry turtledove book which contained some of the worst writing i have ever read this is brilliant this book wants me to read it again i can telloh jacob oh meour lives are now intertwinedand it is scary in therecome to my blog