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Mortality

Hitchens, Christopher (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"Courageous, insightful and candid thoughts on malady and mortality from one of our most celebrated writers"--Provided by the publisher.
Authors: Hitchens, Christopher
Title: Mortality
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xv, 104 p. ; 20 cm
Summary: "Courageous, insightful and candid thoughts on malady and mortality from one of our most celebrated writers"--Provided by the publisher.
ISBN: 9781455502752
1455502758
Branch Call Number: 304.64 HITCHENS
Statement of Responsibility: Christopher Hitchens ; foreword by Graydon Carter ; afterword by Carol Blue
Subject Headings: Hitchens, Christopher Health Cancer Patients United States Biography Terminally ill United States Biography Mortality Death Authors, American Biography
Topical Term: Cancer
Terminally ill
Mortality
Death
Authors, American
LCCN: 2012014024
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Sep 02, 2013
  • Pisinga rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

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"

Dec 03, 2012
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 30, 2012
  • Ichigaga rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!

Oct 27, 2012
  • JudithE rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!

How to die with unflinching courage and without compromise

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