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When Breath Becomes Air chornicles the life of Paul Kalanithi who after having completed a decade long training as a neurosurgeon is confronted with being diagnosed of lung cancer.
From being one who treated serious patients to being a patient with a terminal disease, Kalanithi started penning this auto-biography after he was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and was counting days.
It is a moving story about Kalanithi’s own life: from being a student pondering over the meaningfulness of life to a famous neurosurgeon who operated brains that deals with the core of human identity, to being a new father at a time when his own life is awaiting an uncanny end.
In writing about his own life, Kalanithi puts forth some reflecting questions: what is a person supposed to do when his life is catastrophically cut off? What makes a life admirable and worth living right in the face of death? And, finally, what does it mean to have a child right when one’s own life is on the verge of perennial slumber?
Paul Kalanithi passed away while working on the book yet 'When Breath Becomes Air’ is regarded as a profound reflection on the acceptance of mortality and on the relationship between a patient and a doctor, all from an author, who had to face it all. About the author:
Paul Kalanithi: A neurosurgeon who took to writing, Paul Kalanithi held degrees in human biology, English Literature and history and philosophy of science and medicine from Cambridge and Stanford Universities before finally graduating from Yale School of Medicine. He was also bestowed with the highest award for research in the field of medicine by the American Academy of Neurological Surgery.
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bodley Head (8 February 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847923674
- ISBN-13: 978-1847923677
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.6 x 20.4 cm
A must read
This book very well tells Paul’s life as a Neurosurgeon, how he wanted to know the MM, the mortality and morbidity ! A brief about his residency and how he was diagnosed with a terminally ill lung cancer, even being terminally ill, how he lived every day with hope… I couldn’t stop my tears at some of the emotional times in the book… Very well written Paul 😍🤗
Worth the time. Do not expect enlightenment and just follow the author’s elegantly articulated journey. By the end, indeed it feels like having lost someone you knew. The description of the moral aspect of profession is quite moving.
Uncannily real and touchy. Reminding each moment, our very own vulnerability, mortality. And that, each moment is a gift, however short and unpredictable. To brave all adversities, unto death. Amazing.
You hardly witness anything more realistic.
You hardly witness anything more realistic.
It will touch your heart. Will also leave loads of questions in your mind and I guess that’s what will help you understand what should really matter in your life.
The best memoir you will ever read.
A beautiful, heart sabering memoir. Written in proses that soaks every inch of gold that literature is capable of. It will make you cry, battle your own life like anything else ever will.
We all share a common thing.
Death is the fundamental thing which makes the life meaningful. Death is what gives the life a purpose. A person is dead the moment he stops being alive or living his dreams. In face of death all our ambitions and morals take new form. And at last, death is where our breath becomes air.
Beautiful book.. must read
It is soo difficult to imagine how Paul must have written this book through all his illness… His writings are soo genuine that it feels like coming straight from his heart… In the end you are just left wanting more from him.. his lessons and philosophies on life and death, its meaning and culmination are beautiful in every word…
A brilliantly written and poignant autobiography. The words penned by the author seem to flow so smoothly and hold a sense of realism to the entire length. Before I knew it, I had finished the book. Loved the weave of literature and science. I only wish the author had written a few more works before leaving for heavenly abode.
What a book !
The style is simple but profound because of the integrity enshrined in it. Must read. This book touched my heart.