When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

Biography / Autobiography eBooks of the Month The Real World

When Breath Becomes Air Synopsis

THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER. Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable . (New York Times). At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity - the brain - and finally into a patient and a new father.

When Breath Becomes Air Press Reviews

A vital book about dying. Awe-inspiring and exquisite. Obligatory reading for the living. Nigella Lawson

Powerful and poignant... Elegantly written posthumous memoir... Should be compulsory for anyone who intends to be a doctor... A profound reflection on the meaning of life. Daisy Goodwin The Sunday Times

A great, indelible book ... as intimate and illuminating as Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, to cite only one recent example of a doctor's book that has had exceptionally wide appeal ... I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option ... gripping from the start ... None of it is maudlin. Nothing is exaggerated. As he wrote to a friend: It's just tragic enough and just imaginable enough. And just important enough to be unmissable. New York Times

A tremendous book, crackling with life, animated by wonder and by the question of how we should live. Paul Kalanithi lived and died in the pursuit of excellence, and by this testimonial, he achieved it. Gavin Francis, author of Adventures in Human Being Exceptional.

Extraordinary...Remarkable... luminous, revelatory memoir about mortality and what makes being alive meaningful ... Lyrical, intimate, insistent and profound. Kalanithi had the mind of the polymath and the ear of a poet. Heather Hodson Daily Telegraph

Rattling. Heartbreaking. Beautiful. Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal

Thanks to When Breath Becomes Air, those of us who never met Paul Kalanithi will both mourn his death and benefit from his life. This one of a handful of books I consider to be a universal donor - I would recommend it to anyone, everyone. Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto

Paul Kalanithi's memoir, When Breath Becomes Air... split my head open with its beauty. Truly. Madly. Deeply. Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

A remarkable book... Kalanithi writes very well, in a plain and matter-of-fact way, without a trace of self-pity, and you are immediately gripped and carried along... [He] was clearly a deeply thoughtful and compassionate man, and his death is a great loss to medicine, but at least he has left this remarkable book behind. Dr Henry Marsh Observer

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ISBN: 9781784701994
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Publisher:
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784701994
Publication date: 5th January 2017
Author: Paul Kalanithi
Publisher:
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, The Real World,
Categories: Memoirs, Neurosurgery, Coping with illness & specific conditions,

About Paul Kalanithi

Paul Kalanithi was a neurosurgeon and writer. He held degrees in English literature, human biology, and history and philoso-phy of science and medicine from Stanford and Cambridge universities before graduating from Yale School of Medicine. He also received the American Academy of Neu-rological 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.

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