WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

“Reading this book will be an emotional investment; moving and thoughtful memoir of family, medicine and literature. It is, despite its grim undertone, accidentally inspiring.”

We often tend to forget the inevitability of death; everyone dies but when and how? And if you know you have this much time left, what will you do?

And when you are a doctor you know what’s up the sleeve, what reports means, what survival rate means and that does not make it easy at all but this guy managed to father a child do a number of surgeries, write a book and what not!

He was not able to finish the book as he wanted probably but this book is as complete as any memoir can be, I read this book in one go I stayed up quite late to finish this and it caused me to question my life and break my heart at the same time,

The pages zoom in and out of OTs and chemotherapy sessions and past and some happy moments, I get why people find this book so depressing but to me it has been more kind I would say rather inspiring, but definitely as it says the cover too this book has made people who never met Paul mourn him.

Summary: Paul Kalanithi is thirty six and so close to finishing his training as a neurosurgeon when he finds out he has stage IV terminal lung cancer. As an undergraduate Kalanithi studied English literature and his love of reading and writing had been a constant throughout his life. He had always felt that when he was older he would like to write and decided to focus on neurosurgery for now, where he could make a bigger difference by saving people’s lives. All his hopes and dreams for the future were suddenly became unrealistic as an upper limit of a handful of years was put onto his life. Kalanithi pens this memoir, dealing with the struggles of facing death and having to go from being able to save others’ lives to now be the one staring down mortality.

Paul Kalanithi was in residency in neurological surgery and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience. In May 2013, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage-4 non-small-cell EGFR-positive lung cancer and died in 2015, book was published posthumously

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13 thoughts on “WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

  1. Only by reading the review, I started to mourn this guy. I can understand the pain when you are this close to achieving your aim but you couldn’t because of some reason. In this case, it’s death. Adding this book to my TBR now.

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