In the Land of Long Fingernails

In the Land of Long Fingernails

A Gravedigger in the Age of Aquarius

eBook - 2009
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In the summer of 1969, Charlie Wilkins was a young man in search of a job. Turned down by a dozen potential employers?including Shubang Used Tire and Dick?s Nifty Car Wash?Wilkins landed an unlikely job at a vast corporate cemetery as a ?bone waxer,? handling ?bird-houses? (urns), and earning an invaluable education about life as a caregiver in death. From reckless disinterments, to a mid-summer gravediggers? strike, to the illegal shifting of bones from untended graves, In the Land of Long Fingernails is a coming-of-age story among extraordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. It offers up a Barnum-esque cavalcade of ?slay carpenters,? ?dirt nappers,? mavericks and misfits, shifty plot salesmen, and drug-addled gravediggers, yet it also shows us their uncertainty and superstitions, and their relentless gallows humor amid the inevitable reminders of what it is, finally, to be human. In the funny and dark spirit of Thomas Lynch?s best-selling The Undertaking, Mary Roach?s hit Stiff, and HBO?s widely-acclaimed Six Feet Under, In the Land of Long Fingernails is a testament not just to unexpected friendship but also to late sixties culture, and to the art and power of storytelling.
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., [2009], ©2009
ISBN: 9781602397095
Branch Call Number: 393.1092 Wi
Characteristics: 1 online resource (240 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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(T)his book feels right; that is, it convinces us unequivocally that this is what working in a cemetery at the end of the swinging sixties must have been like.


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Incinerated_Newt Jul 29, 2011

Mildly entertaining with enough gallows humour to keep you smiling. The pacing isn't great, though, that the stories get a bit predictable in content so you occasionally find yourself wondering why you're still reading, but all in all an enteraining book to pick up if you have nothing else going.

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