[[ Reading ]] ➸ When Breath Becomes Air Author Paul Kalanithi – Intimatenights.co.uk

When Breath Becomes Air For Readers Of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, And Anne Lamott, A Profoundly Moving, Exquisitely Observed Memoir By A Young Neurosurgeon Faced With A Terminal Cancer Diagnosis Who Attempts To Answer The Question What Makes A Life Worth Living At The Age Of Thirty Six, On The Verge Of Completing A Decade S Worth Of Training As A Neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi Was Diagnosed With Stage IV Lung Cancer One Day He Was A Doctor Treating The Dying, And The Next He Was A Patient Struggling To Live And Just Like That, The Future He And His Wife Had Imagined Evaporated When Breath Becomes Air Chronicles Kalanithi S Transformation From A Na Ve Medical Student Possessed, As He Wrote, By The Question Of What, Given That All Organisms Die, Makes A Virtuous And Meaningful Life Into A Neurosurgeon At Stanford Working In The Brain, The Most Critical Place For Human Identity, And Finally Into A Patient And New Father Confronting His Own Mortality What Makes Life Worth Living In The Face Of Death What Do You Do When The Future, No Longer A Ladder Toward Your Goals In Life, Flattens Out Into A Perpetual Present What Does It Mean To Have A Child, To Nurture A New Life As Another Fades Away These Are Some Of The Questions Kalanithi Wrestles With In This Profoundly Moving, Exquisitely Observed Memoir Paul Kalanithi Died In March 2015, While Working On This Book, Yet His Words Live On As A Guide And A Gift To Us All I Began To Realize That Coming Face To Face With My Own Mortality, In A Sense, Had Changed Nothing And Everything, He Wrote Seven Words From Samuel Beckett Began To Repeat In My Head I Can T Go On I Ll Go On When Breath Becomes Air Is An Unforgettable, Life Affirming Reflection On The Challenge Of Facing Death And On The Relationship Between Doctor And Patient, From A Brilliant Writer Who Became Both.


10 thoughts on “When Breath Becomes Air

  1. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    As I finished this book with tears running down my face I asked myself, Why did you read this book You know it was going to be sad, how could a man dying of lung cancer before the age of forty be anything but Yet to just classify this memoi


  2. Maggie Stiefvater Maggie Stiefvater says:

    A gasping, desperate, powerful little book, bigger on the inside than outside It s a little bit about dying, butabout being alive.


  3. Petra X Petra X says:

    I finished the book I m glad that I perservered with it It s quite an odd book and an overall rating might be the sum of the parts, but is not going to reflect the writing or content of those parts.The first part, the foreword, by Abraham Verghese, was verbose


  4. Aisling Aisling says:

    Oh dear I was always told not to speak ill of the dead It feels awful to give a three star rating to a nice guy by all accounts who is now dead But I simply did not find this book compelling or insightful enough It is mildly interesting to learn about neurosurgery as a


  5. Maxwell Maxwell says:

    I don t think you should read this book because the story of an incredibly gifted man who had his life taken away at such a young age might give you the motivation to live lifefully I think you should read this book because that talented, inspiring man has incredibly important th


  6. Iris P Iris P says:

    Sharing this interesting New York Times interview with Dr Lucy Kalanithi.She sounds like a very special person too Upgrading this to 5 stars, not sure why I didn t before After finishing this profound, emotional memoir I feel like I lost a good friend.Thank you Paul Kalanithi for this beau


  7. Elyse Elyse says:

    1 12 16 Update Just wanted to mention that this book goes on sale today Its an amazing story Paul Kalanithi studied literature at Stanford University For his thesis, he studied the work of Walt Whitman, a poet , who a century before, was possessed by the same questions that haunted him Kalanithi wan


  8. Justin Justin says:

    I read this almost two months ago and realized I never reviewed it When I finished the book, I just couldn t review it It s a small book, but it s powerful I didn t shed any tears at the end of it, but I remember sitting there physically shaking and feeling really numb and tingly A book has never impacted me


  9. Jen Jen says:

    Unforgettable is what Verghese says in his foreword I agree and am fighting for my own breath to write my thoughts about this stunning memoir that has left me gasping for air The writing The emotion The beauty in the darkness of dying I mourn the death of this writer, a surgeon of great potential A doctor of great comp


  10. Sabaa Tahir Sabaa Tahir says:

    Never has a book turned me into a sad sobbing mess so quickly Philosophical, beautiful, moving, difficult, heartbreaking Highly, HIGHLY recommend.


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