My eyes glistened so I reached up to dab them a bit.
I didn’t have much of a choice. I had to hold back tears as I rode the metro. It felt like all the tears had welled up in my throat and sooner or later, I was going to hear a burst.
“PAUL KALANITHI was a neurosurgeon and writer. He held degrees in English literature, human biology, and history and philosophy of science and medicine from Stanford and Cambridge universities before graduating from Yale School of Medicine. He also received the American Academy of Neurological Surgery’s highest award for research.
His reflections on doctoring and illness have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Paris Review Daily. Kalanithi died in March 2015, aged 37. He is survived by his wife, Lucy, and their daughter, Elizabeth Acadia”
(THIS IS NOT A SPOILER. YOU’D READ THIS BEFORE READING ANYTHING ELSE ?)
I eventually finished Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath becomes Air” and like The New York Times said, this is not a book you read and just forget.
When Breath Becomes Air is one of the books I will always appreciate.
From the forward to the very last page, it was an exceptional journey to have embarked on. The writing was brilliantly done. The realness of the book sent chills through my nerves and allowed truths, deep insights rest upon my mind. Being a medic helped me appreciate the more, the processes described in here.
Faith, Love, and Hope keeps us alive no matter what and makes the world go round.
I am grateful for the wisdom Dr. Kalanithi shared and his story of intention, hard work, his hopes, dreams, efforts, labour, love… his life.
I love this book and I recommend that if you desire to get insight about life from the angle of life and death, you should read this. It isn’t fictional; that makes it even the more, phenomenal.
Trying to classify this memoir would simply devalue the life he shared; much more, lived.
“I think it’s an instinct most people have. Life isn’t about avoiding suffering, it’s about creating meaning”―Paul Kalanithi
You can purchase this book on Amazon.