Hitchens, Christopher

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"Courageous, insightful and candid thoughts on malady and mortality from one of our most celebrated writers"--Provided by the publisher.

Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781455502752
Branch Call Number: 304.64 HITCHENS
Characteristics: xv, 104 p. ; 20 cm


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Sep 04, 2014
  • redban rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

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"

Dec 17, 2012

A very honest book by one of the most brilliant minds of this era. Hitchens' words stir both mind and heart to be open to the realities of our world. Rad this is you want to feel human.

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!

Sep 15, 2012

How to die with unflinching courage and without compromise


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