Mortality

Mortality

Book - 2012
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Based on his columns in Vanity Fair that chronicled his year-and-a-half battle with esophageal cancer, Mortality is Christopher Hitchens at his most honest and reflective . Thoughtfully meditating on the harrowing effects of illness and treatment on the body, and on the impermanence and acceptance of a life ending, Mortality is Hitchens' magnum opus, and in true Hitchens form, he has the last word.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2012.
ISBN: 9780771039225
0771039220
Characteristics: xv, 104 p. ;,20 cm.

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87cookie
May 01, 2016

I enjoyed this challenging book when I read it a few years ago. Now I've just read Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air and feel these two memoirs with the same theme make wonderful companion pieces. How did two brilliant, youngish people approach and deal with their own mortality? Read to understand, and understand our mortality as something we all will have to face, sooner or later.

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tenniscat
Feb 05, 2016

Beautiful book by a brilliant man who was more perfect, than not. Wish he had been with us longer! Hitchens always shows how people needed to use their brain and not be so soft; he went out in style.

redban Sep 04, 2014

Strange, but this book got me into reading Christopher Hitchens. While he has many strong opinions and I can't say I fully agree with them all, I find his arguments engaging, and if nothing else I find his prose and public appearances to be entertaining. An enthralling last book.

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Pisinga
Sep 02, 2013

Before reading this little book I didn't know who the author was. Then I searched a little bit and I found that he was a very controversial author, speaker and journalist. You can be agreeing with him on so many things, or not. In this book he is describing his suffering, mostly physical, because of his cancer, and gives his views about such a painful topic.
According to Elizabeth K├╝bler-Ross between the stages of accepting our own mortality, when we have incurable illness that is killing us fast, there is a stage where we ask God: "Why me?" And Christopher Hitchens answered: "Why not?" I am very agreeing with this. Who is better that anyone else? And what about blasphemy, (some people told him that his cancer was a punishment for his atheism) - he is answering - what about so many innocent children who suffer and die from cancer? But some evil people would live long and healthy life?
He is also writing that usually people who have cancer are called warriors, because they are battling cancer. And his questions are - but what about other sufferers who have debilitating painful incurable diseases and they live a long life suffering every day? Why they are not called warriors?
He also not agrees that suffering makes us stronger. How it can be? Physical pain destroys every possible desire to continuing to live.

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ralphdyer
Feb 18, 2013

Not sure why Hitchens wrote this book. Good enough read; but, not full of new wisdom - other than a good take on the cancer "process"

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 03, 2012

This version of the book is in large letters, and the book itself is probably the shortest book by Hitchens. A good read into the mind of a thinker and journalist who is confronting death. I enjoyed reading it.

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Ichigaga
Nov 30, 2012

This small book are the thoughts of a man putting up with cancer treatment, never surrendered, though some days were pretty tough.
I had chemo and I can't conceive of having the clarity to write like he did, and he went through alot worse than me!

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JudithE
Oct 27, 2012

I liked this book; it was very honest and quite interesting. The whole atheist vs believer issue which is dear to the author's heart didn't interest me as much, though. Dying is hard, and his sounded both horrendous and exhausting. An interesting man; I wish I could have been at one of his dinner parties!

debwalker Sep 15, 2012

How to die with unflinching courage and without compromise

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