I Am, I Am, I Am

I Am, I Am, I Am

Seventeen Brushes With Death

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We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. O'Farrell discusses the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. From a childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive, through her ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. Seventeen encounters at different ages, in different locations, capture the perils-- and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries-- of life itself.
Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525520238
0525520236
9780735274129
0735274126
9780525520221
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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krsbozo
Apr 21, 2018

I like reading about near-death experiences. I often wonder how I would respond in dramatic life-or-death situations, and so I liked reading this book, which includes (I think) 17 near-death experiences the author has had. The first is most dramatic, when she has a close brush with a strangler on a lonely hike. And it proceeds from there, one after the next, when I finally got fed up and started thinking, "Are you nuts? What sort of person puts her child on her back and swims into the ocean and nearly kills them both due to hubris?" Then the last two chapters are about her childhood encephalitis that nearly killed her and left her unable to walk, and about the fear she feels every day that her daughter will die due to anaphylactic shock. I felt like an idiot for getting frustrated with her, after all she had been through, her somewhat reckless approach to life made sense. She is a great storyteller, and the language is beautiful.

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lilypad_1
Apr 03, 2018

I would have like to have given this book 5 stars because the author is a good writer and her premise is v. interesting but the chronological back and forth is just not necessary nor does it add to the narrative. She has survived not only many near death experiences of her own but also of her children. She has cultivated an attitude of gratitude and sensitivity that only enhances her story.

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