Title: The Book of Extraordinary Deaths: The True Accounts of Ill-Fated Lives
Author and Illustrator: Cecilia Ruiz
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Source: Personal Copy
Death comes to all. It is the how that makes things interesting or not. For instance, twins dying on the same day, almost at the same time or dying in a hot-air balloon duel or even because of a fatal wardrobe malfunction. I mean it does sound silly, and unreal, but it happened. Cecilia Ruiz’s slim book deals with such extraordinary deaths.
It is a short compilation of unusual and ironic deaths throughout history. Of course, she couldn’t document all of them, so there are some that I guess were close to her in a sense, and therefore are in this book. The images that go along with the short note are as stunning as they are in The Book of Memory Gaps (another fascinating book by her).
I loved this book because while being macabre, it was also funny. Ruiz has a knack of doing that. The ways in which some people died intrigued and interested me. I think I will most certainly read up more about their lives later in the month. Pick this one up. It is a lot of fun!