Buy Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear New Ed by Jan Bondeson (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low. Jan Bondeson. · Rating details · ratings · 56 reviews. Readers of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales—just think of The Premature Burial—may comfort themselves. With over fifty illustrations, Buried Alive explores the medicine, folklore, history, “Bondeson weaves a strange disturbing, and weirdly enthralling tale.

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There’s a reoccurring cultural and literary myth Europe especially from the ‘s called ‘The Lady and the Ring’. A Novel of the Revolution “A necrobibliac classic: When one 18th-century French There was a problem filtering reviews right now. With over fifty illustrations, Buried Alive explores the medicine, folklore, history, and literature of Europe and the United States to uncover why such fears arose and whether they were warranted.

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You may allot more of your fear time to public speaking or flying or impotence. His thoughtful and entertaining previous book was A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities: I enjoyed this cultural history of the fear of being buried alive, the often-foggy definitions of death and methods of determining death through the ages, and the scientific methods developed to ensure that individuals weren’t buried alive. Reading from here forward without the expectation of humor and maybe it will surprise me. Got to page 50 but didn’t finish.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? This is all very interesting; doctors often weren’t available to confirm that a patient was dead, so a comatose patient with a faint heartbeat might easily be mistaken for dead by family members.


I do credit the author for gathering so much source material into one place, but it results in a categorically dry, superimposed blueprint over what could be a far more pallatable treatment of the subject.

Add all three to Cart Alve all three to List. I also was a bit disappointed that the author didn’t make it more clear which stories were actually somewhat credible and which were complete fabrications.


The only thing that I found a little tedious was the repetitive nature of the book; the stories were told about someone in, maybe, France and then retold about someone in Germany. He is also a historian of the bonddeson byways of medicine and related fields. The lady then awakens not from death, because she was just catatonicscares the thief to death, and makes her way back to bojdeson family.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Apr 29, Abbi rated it liked it. It is well written and interesting but not fascinating enough to hold my interest.

The final two chapters, one on whether people were once buried alive, the other on whether people are still buried alive, seemed like the happy This book was not bad.

A lot of research has been done by the author, and his sources are well documented.

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Overall, while I found the recurrence of silly burial stories and many of the same facts a bit tedious at times, this was still an engaging read. Cremation never sounded so good. Definitely interesting and definitely worth the sometimes difficult read.

Many different countrie There are many alibe of being buried alive in times gone by that would make your blood run cold! The book shows many pictures of the various ingenuous and sometimes downright impractical contraptions that were invented for the purpose. The bulk of the text deals with the period from — in Europe and America, years that correspond with the development of Western medicine as we know it.


It seems it wasn’t unheard of for individuals to revive while being prepared for burial, which of course led to fears of people reviving AFTER burial. The grief-stricken husband buries her underground, crypt, tomb I guess it’s a thorough account, so I have to give the author credit for that, but do we need to go over every novel which uses being buried alive as a plot point? It was certainly interesting, though Bondeson’s writing often strayed into uninteresting territory. Buy the selected bondesom together This item: What happens is that a rich, aristocratic lady supposedly dies.

A most useful and entertaining book Researching and Composing with Multiple Genres, Media This history of one of humanity’s greatest fears makes for a very informative and interesting “lively”? One person found this helpful.

Some poor sod in China was under for six days. I was amused, disgusted and chilled by turns.

Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear

From the death house of Munich we move to patented survival coffins with jn, and various other instruments sold to the paranoid. Dec 06, Jen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Deserves a place on every bedside table in America.

Far too repetitive, though there were some interesting snippets; I learned of the German ‘leichenhaus’ – I never knew waiting rooms for the doubted dead existed, and the chapter on literary premature burial was quite entertaining. Oct 16, Kirsten rated it really liked it Shelves: