A Dirty Job: A Novel by Christopher Moore

By Christopher Moore

Charlie Asher is a stunning basic man with an ordinary existence, married to a shiny and beautiful girl who really loves him for his normalcy. They're even approximately to have their first baby. certain, Charlie's doing okay—until humans begin losing lifeless round him, and far and wide he is going a gloomy presence whispers to him from lower than the streets. Charlie Asher, it kind of feels, has been recruited for a brand new place: as demise.

It's a grimy task. yet, howdy! Somebody's gotta do it.

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Nunca a mais suave das eutanásias poderá vir a ser tão fácil e tão doce. O mais interessante da nova situação criada é que ajustiça do país em que não se morre se encontra desprovida de fundamentos para actuar judicialmente contra os enterradores, supondo que o quisesse de facto, e não só por se encontrar condicionada pelo acordo de cavalheiros que o governo teve de armar com a máphia. Não os pode acusar de homicídio porque, tecnicamente falando, homicídio não há em realidade, e porque o censurável acto, classifique-o melhor quem disso for capaz, se comete em países estrangeiros, nem tão-pouco os pode incriminar por haver enterrado mortos, uma vez que o destino deles é esse mesmo, e já é para agradecer que alguém tenha decidido encarregar-se de um trabalho a todos os títulos penoso, tanto do ponto de vista físico como do ponto de vista anímico.

Em geral a tia solteira não fala de uma maneira tão preciosa, tão rebuscada, mas se o fez agora foi para não rebentar em lágrimas, que assim sucederia se tivesse pronunciado o nome do menino que não tinha feito mal nenhum ao mundo e as palavras meu irmão. Respondeu-lhe o pai dos outros três meninos, Dizemos o que se passou e esperamos as conseqUências, pela certa seremos acusados de fazer enterros clandestinos, fora do cemitério e sem conhecimento das autoridades, e ainda por cima noutro país, Oxalá não comecem nenhuma guerra por causa disto, disse a tia.

A mãe do menino deixou cair a enxada e a pá e, suavemente, deitou o filho no chão. Depois, as duas irmãs, com mil cautelas para que não resvalasse, receberam o corpO do pai e, sem esperarem a ajuda do homem que já descia da mula, foram colocá-lo ao lado do neto. A mãe do menino soluçava, repetia monotonamente, Meu filho, meu pai, e a irmã veio e abraçou-se a ela, chorando também e dizendo, Foi melhor assim, foi melhor assim, avida destes infelizes já não eravida. Ajoelharam-se ambas no chão a prantear os mortos que tinham vindo a enganar a morte.

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