2016/07/16

BOOK REVIEW:
WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR BY PAUL KALANITHI

Title: When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Published: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 230
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
At the age of thirty-six, Paul Kalanithi is on the verge of completing his training as a neurosurgeon, but is then sadly diagnosed with untreatable cancer.


Review:
This is one of the biggest books of this year, and now that I've read it, I can see why.

This is a book filled with musings on life and death by a very intelligent man, especially how the author had been faced with death in many ways, but now had to face his own. I thought it was fascinating to read about his thoughts on the process of going from doctor to patient, and what impact that had on him.

You can tell by the writing that this was a man who loved literature. I wouldn't say the style is amazing, sometimes feeling a bit stiff, but on occasion, there are this wonderfully crafted sentences that you read over and over. It makes me wonder what he would have written if he had lived.

I have to say though, the afterword, written by his wife, is the part that brought tears to my eyes.

This isn't a perfect book by any means, but I think it's important to remember that it's unfinished, and maybe that's where the beauty lies.
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