ABIDE WITH ME by Cedric Belfrage


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A mock -serious portrait of the germination of the funeral parlor, describing in devoted detail a buzzard's business as it developed from plain undertaking to reach its full flowering as ""funeral direction"", with all the euphuistic extravaganza of statuary, slumber rooms, services. This is the story of the Hopes of mid-west Eagle Forks:- Gertrude, who maintained an indifference and humiliation toward her husband's business until she realized the refinements and profits it could embody; Lincoln, the eldest son, who followed in his father's steps and developed a genuine decorative artistry in embalming; and the success of mother and son as, under their zealous entreprenage, the Hopes merchandised upward, carrying their parlor to new heights and hyperbole, modernized to ""atomic proof caskets"".... Omitting no angle, no absurdity, in which this profession indulges, this carries on, interminably it seems, satire of a matier of only dubious attraction.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1948
Publisher: Wm. Sloane