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A Tour of Bones: Facing Fear and Looking for Life
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Author, academic and adventurer, Denise Inge grew up in a large and rambunctious family on the east coast of America. She crossed the Sahara, charmed snakes in Marrakech and cycled the Adirondack mountains but her latest adventure is an interior one. It starts with the discovery that her house is built on a crypt full of human skeletons. Facing her fear of these strangers' bones takes her to other charnel houses in Europe and on a journey into the meaning of bones themselves. This exploration, though it began before her diagnosis with an inoperable sarcoma, takes on a new significance when the question of living well in the face of mortality abruptly ceases to be hypothetical.

A Tour of Bones is a passionate testament to the conviction that living is more than not dying, and that contemplating mortality is not about being prepared to die but about being prepared to live.

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      • bioText: Denise Inge was a leading authority on the 17th century poet and mystic Thomas Traherne. Her Traherne anthology Happiness and Holiness was named in the Spectator's 'Books of the Year' 2008. She published three books on Traherne as well as numerous academic articles, features and reviews for the TLS, the Episcopal New Yorker and the Church Times. She had been a guest speaker at the Hay Festival, Words by the Water, Dartington and Greenbelt and the Ledbury Poetry Festival.

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A Tour of Bones is a passionate testament to the conviction that living is more than not dying, and that contemplating mortality is not about being prepared to die but about being prepared to live.

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A Tour of Bones is a passionate testament to the conviction that living is more than not dying, and that contemplating mortality is not about being prepared to die but about being prepared to live.

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      • source: Alexander McCall Smith
      • content: Exquisite ... It is, quite simply, a gem
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      • source: David Mitchell
      • content: An erudite and inspiring journey into what we lose, what remains and what we can pass on. A Tour of Bones is wise, kind, magpie-curious and shines with a love of life
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      • source: Times Higher Education
      • content: This is a book full of tenderness, hope and love
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      • content: A thoughtful writer who believed her terminal diagnosis made life more "delicious," Inge's bone tour illuminates the expansive difference "between the humdrum everyday and heaped mortality." An adventurous and macabre tribute to the eternal longevity of human bones.
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      • source: Times Literary Supplement
      • content: This beautiful, profound, honest, and at times deliciously witty book moves with seeming effortlessness between the small things that detain us and the great truths that enclose us, the domestic and the eternal ...
        A testament of courage, vision and thought that makes life burn more brightly in [its] readers
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        Starred review from June 29, 2015
        This posthumously published travelogue-cum-memoir from theology scholar Inge (editor of Happiness and Holiness), who died in 2014, is a witty and poignant meditation on mortality. When Inge’s husband was appointed Bishop of Worcester Cathedral, the couple moved into the adjacent official residence, built atop a medieval Benedictine abbey’s charnel house. Intrigued, not disturbed, Inge undertook an investigation into the ancient practice of the “keeping of bones.” Her tour included four noted crypts: in Czermna, Poland, a mass grave from
        the Thirty Years’ War; in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, skull pyramids and an infamous bone chandelier; hand-painted skulls amid the glaciers in a cave in Hallstatt, Austria; and in Naters, Switzerland, a chapel featuring a beinhaus (bone house). This skillfully composed book deftly draws on archaeology, physiology, theology, folklore, and literary antecedents from Thomas Gray’s “Elegy in a County Courtyard” to Jessica Mitford’s The American Way of Death. Inge had nearly finished the book when she was diagnosed with cancer, and for the final chapter she delved deeply into beliefs about life and death. “No one likes to talk about death, almost no one knows how to,” she notes. The crypts and ossuaries that Inge visited, and the book she wrote about them, are intended as memento mori—reminders of mortality. (Aug.)
        , This review has been corrected. A previous version incorrectly listed the book's subtitle.

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        May 15, 2015
        A chronicle of the author's visits to a selection of Europe's bone chapels and her reflections on fear and mortality. "The deposition of human remains always makes a statement," writes academic Inge (Wanting Like a God: Desire and Freedom in the Works of Thomas Traherne, 2009, etc.), who completed this meditative amalgam of memoir and travelogue shortly before her death in 2014. Compelled by a nagging desire to brave life "unfrightened," the author initiated an eccentric grand tour of four obscure Eastern and Central European ossuaries (where disarticulated bones of the dead are collected), beginning in a small Polish town and concluding in the Swiss Alps. Inge's four-city pilgrimage was precipitated by the discovery that the town house she shared with her husband, an Anglican clergyman in Worcester, England, was built over a medieval charnel house complete with "sloping piles" of bones witnessed by candlelight through a cellar trapdoor. A reliably immersive guide whose prose only occasionally dips into indulgent stream-of-consciousness sections, Inge marvels over the stacked "walls of the dead" at an 18th-century chapel in Czermna; skulls roped together into "festive garlands" or hand-painted with names in the Czech Republic and Austria; and the 12-foot-high (and twice as wide) towers of crania in a Switzerland ossuary. Decorating this journey are ruminative musings on the nature of "death denial," resurrection, and the author's father's passing, yet the bookending sections are perhaps the most effective at conveying Inge's affinity for the nuances of death-though she only fleetingly mentions the inoperable cancer that would claim her own life. A thoughtful writer who believed her terminal diagnosis made life more "delicious," Inge's bone tour illuminates the expansive difference "between the humdrum everyday and heaped mortality." An adventurous and macabre tribute to the eternal longevity of human bones.

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