Severance

Severance

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Book - 2008
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A book that is inspired by the juxtaposition of two seemingly unrelated facts: first, that the human head is believed to remain in a state of consciousness for one and one-half minutes after decapitation, and second, that, in a heightened state of emotion, we speak at the rate of 160 words per minute.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books Llc, 2008.
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780811860987
Branch Call Number: BUT
Characteristics: 263 pages ; 18 cm

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KarenW
Mar 09, 2009

This compelling book puts forward the theory that for one minute and a half after being decapitated, the human head remains conscious. And Robert Olen Butler has taken that stance to portray famous and not so famous people in the moments just after their supposed demise to give us an idea of what was going through their now liberated noggin. Some of it is odd, some of it is understandable, and some it is fateful. But altogether it is a gruesome ponderance that produces a chilling record of one of the worst ways to die.

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