Have you ever wondered if the pass away of life could be rebirth in another form? Have you ever imagined if you can put yourself in the opposite side of the river of life?
The book, “The Lovely Bones,” begins with an unique statement. “My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murder was a man from neighborhood.” Exactly, the main character, Susie Salmon, was murdered even before the whole story begins. How amazing it is! However, stating her story from Heaven, Susie uses a normal tone, which is humorous and mild instead of being angry and a vengeful. She drew the whole story lightly. Like an guardian angel, Susie guarded people who she loved, including her family, best friends and lover. It is like what she said in the end, “I wish you all a long and happy life.”
As the New York Times Review puts it, “in The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold deals with almost unthinkable subjects with humor and intelligence and a kind of mysterious grace.” The novel stated a subject, which we are likely to escape, which is death. Death is an unthinkable subject we must face. In fact, the author herself, Alice Sebold, has encountered a similar tragedy before.
Like Susie in the story, Alice was once attacked and raped in a tunnel. She could have died, but survived. To my amazement, Alice did not only find light in the dark and overcome the trauma, but also turned it into an outstanding story that could light up people else.
Faced with death, what would we do? Indeed, mourning is not avoidable. However, besides from mourning, would we stand up and come to term with it or fall down as buildings lose their basis? Imagine we are the dead, which one would we expect to see? As the saying goes, “Calm the mind of living, calm the spirit of the dead.” It might seem heartless, but we can glory the dead in other ways. Remember, life goes on whatever you do, and death could be birth in another aspect.