When Breath Becomes Air
February 1, 2016
THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York Times At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decadeâe(tm)s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithiâe(tm)s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity âe" the brain âe" and finally into a patient and a new father. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.
Several Book tubers that I subscribe to on YouTube had talked about this book before I requested it and it was that that made request it on Netgalley. When my request was approved I was really pleased because it is my aim to read more non-fiction particularly memoires this year.
I gave this book a 5 star rating because I enjoyed reading it even though it was about Cancer and would both purchase it as a gift/ recommend it to anyone who’s interested in finding out about Cancer, Medical Training and Neuro-surgery.
I am so glad that I was able to read this book so I could give an honest review of it as I had never read a book about cancer and although the authors writing was a little weak in places I did like the literary Continue reading →