This Time of Dying

This Time of Dying It is October and England is gathering its dead For Henry Speake of Speake Son Undertakers laying to rest the shattered bodies of young men sent home from the front has become a grimly familia

  • Title: This Time of Dying
  • Author: Reina James
  • ISBN: 1397818462704
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is October 1918, and England is gathering its dead For Henry Speake, of Speake Son Undertakers, laying to rest the shattered bodies of young men sent home from the front has become a grimly familiar reality But what he is seeing now, as influenza claims its victims with increasing speed and force, is something different for the first time in his life, Henry feeIt is October 1918, and England is gathering its dead For Henry Speake, of Speake Son Undertakers, laying to rest the shattered bodies of young men sent home from the front has become a grimly familiar reality But what he is seeing now, as influenza claims its victims with increasing speed and force, is something different for the first time in his life, Henry feels overwhelmed by death Unable to share his fears with his waspish, disapproving sisters, Henry turns to Mrs Allen Thompson, a recently widowed school teacher, so beginning a friendship which gradually, stumblingly, pulls them in a direction neither has been prepared for.Inspired by the deaths of the author s grandparents in the Spanish flu epidemic, This Time of Dying is a powerfully imagined story of love and redemption in a world where nothing can be taken for granted any .

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    1. The book This Time of Dying by Reina James is a book based on the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, the influenza epidemic was a major event, but to me this book didn’t convey that as much as I imagined it to. The main character, Henry Speake, owns a workshop which builds coffins for the deceased. Through Henry’s busy schedule, he also makes time to see his friend, Mrs. Allen Thompson. Allen Thompson is a school teacher, but the influenza has caused all the schools to be shut down, leaving [...]

    2. The description of this book on makes it sound like a stirring thriller romance. It's really a quiet, subtle, grieving little book, beautifully written, with wrenchingly believable characters facing a reality that is impossible for them to believe. As things spiral out of control and the influenza pandemic settles over their families, friends, and neighbors, people go mad. They fear one another. They cope by clinging to their old values and patterns, unable to face the fact that everything has [...]

    3. A thoughtful book about the effects on trying to live through WWI and the Spanish flu. I wish I had paid more attention to my grandmother describing being a widow, sick in bed and trying to take care of 3 children under 5.

    4. Not about WW1 itself, but the aftermath when the Spanish Flu is brought home by returning troops. Horrific loss of life even after war is over. Interesting subject, and a good read.

    5. At a time when the people of England were suffering from a major change in the social fabric of their nation - years of fighting in WWI,the loss of sons and fathers, wounded warriors returning, women working outside of the home and pushing for the vote - another terrible blow hit the them. The Spanish Influenza hit England another reeling punch, taking the lives of many of the few remaining young adults.In This Time of Dying, so aptly named, undertaker Henry Speake finds correspondence on a flu [...]

    6. I read this book for influenza, so in the beginning everything else was incidental. Maybe it's my desire to see how people, especially an undertaker and government officials, would deal with the rising death toll (and shortages of coffins, pallbearers, grave diggers, and the like). Maybe it's my forgetting how rigid and impermeable boundaries of class were. The evolving relationship -- friendship? infatuation? love? -- between Allen and Henry was glacial; the glib acceptance (or non-surprise in [...]

    7. This is a fascinating story about the end of the first World War and the flu epidemic that killed so many. It is about the people who weren't soldiers; the women, children, older men and workers. The main character is a funeral director who realises what is going on early on, helped by finding a letter dropped by a doctor who drops dead in the street. Nobody in government seems to be doing anything about quarantine or stopping the movement of people. Every body feels helpless. Despite the disapp [...]

    8. This is a terrifying story of how English society copes with pandemic influenza. Schools close, church is unattended, people no longer shake hands and the dead pile up in warehouses and stables waiting for burial. Due to the war, wood and labor is scarce and the government takes no action. In this tale the only thing that remains constant is the expectation of class distinction and the two main characters find themselves rebuked by their friends and families as they cross that line with their fr [...]

    9. This was an engrossing and slightly squeamish book about the flu epidemic of 1918. Of how ordinary people coped in extraordinary circumstances. The main character was Henry Speake, the Undertaker, who confided his fears of a large scale epidemic to Allen Thompson, the Schoolteacher. Even though I didn't really warm to either of them I was still hoping they would turn their friendship into something more by the end of the book.I found the whole story very readable and I read it very quickly, it w [...]

    10. I felt that this book was all over the place. The writing style is what mostly got me all wound up. I couldn't connect to the characters at all, and I didn't enjoy this book.I would not recommend it. ~Brooke~

    11. This novel surpassed all my expectations. It was an enjoyable and engrossing read in spite of its grim subject matter. It was well written and it seemed completely realistic to me so I would guess that it must have been well researched too.

    12. This just didn't have enough pull for me. It was as murky as some classics can be, but didn't have that desire-to-finish-a-classic-ness to it.This may be the stupidest thing I've written about a book. Be that as it may.

    13. I did not know much about the 1918 flu epidemic. This book made me feel like I was living that period of time. Beautifully written.

    14. The Spanish influenza, not the most cheerful topic for a novel however I did enjoy reading this novel.

    15. Great subject matter, but our current classless society makes it difficult to understand how difficult it would have been in 1918.Crappy ending.

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