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The Goodbye Book
Robert Ramsay and Randall Toye
A Gleeful Guide to Tearful Partings & Comforting Commentary to Get You Through the Night
Published by Paddington Press, 1979
Book Review by Bobby Matherne ©2002


"Get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!" With those words Karl Marx joined the big communist party in the sky. I wonder what that says about the friend who sent me the book (deflowered) as a present. Getting a book as a present that has been read once before becoming a gift is only slightly better than getting a cup of coffee whose contents have been drunk.

In one small volume the authors have compiled an impressive collection of famous last words - both as goodbyes to friends and lovers and goodbyes to life (deathbed last words).

"Tis a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done before..." - the famous last words of Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" and last words of the character on the executioner's block. Barely distinguishing actual last words from fictional last words, the authors include both. What did Amelia Earhart say to her husband before setting out on her last flight? Look in the Index under "E."

"Either those curtains go or I do!" Who said those fateful last words before he died? No, it wasn't an interior decorator, it was Oscar Wilde. Want an actual list of "50 ways to leave your lover"? There's one included in the Index.

Where is the famous hypochondriac's tombstone? You know, the one that goes, "See, I told you I was sick."? Look in their collection of epitaphs - the last word in last words.

Did somebody actually say, "Die, my dear man, that's the last thing I'll do!"? Yes, and you can find out who it was in this book.

Do you want to get the last word in goodbyes? Do you want a goodbye gift for friends to top anything they could ever send you? Grab this book and send it (before it's too late).

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