When breath becomes air by paul kalanithi the book in three sentences the memoir of paul kalanithi, a neurosurgeon at stanford university, who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in his midthirties. When breath becomes air is a powerful look at a stage iv lung cancer diagnosis through the eyes of a neurosurgeon. Kalanithi uses the pages in this book to not only tell his story, but also share his ideas on how to approach death with grace and what it means to be fully alive. Memoirs of the decade named one of the best books of the year by the new york times book. For readers of atul gawande, andrew solomon, and anne. When breath becomes air is one of the most beautifully written, heartbreaking, and affecting memoirs i have ever read. When breath becomes air by paul kalanithi waterstones. Kalanithi, who died at 37, went on to write a great, indelible book, when breath becomes air, that is as intimate and. Paul kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. Im thankful paul kalanithi found a way to share his love of writing and prodigious talents with the world, especially under such harrowing circumstances. When breath becomes air by paul kalanithi goodreads. With the book, paul wanted to help people understand death and face their mortality. Thank you dr kalanithi and your wonderful family for this outstanding contribution to sorting out life. From an early age, paul became interested and searched for what makes life meaningful.
I will recommend it to patients struggling to make choices, plans, and meaning to life. When paul kalanithi is given his diagnosis he is forced to see this disease, and the process of being sick, as a patient rather than a doctorthe result of his experience is not just a look at what living is and how it works from a scientific. The memoir of paul kalanithi, a neurosurgeon at stanford university, who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in his midthirties. His family can rest assured that he will live on through his book. The bittersweet news is that in the 22 months left to him, dr. Even though the book is incredibly sad, it is ultimately life affirming and worth the emotional investment. When breath becomes air is a nonfiction autobiographical book written by american. She expresses how grateful she was to have been a part of what gave pauls life meaning, and to have witnessed him face death with integrity. Paul kalanithi became a neurosurgeon because he felt compelled by neurosurgery and its unforgiving call to perfection it seemed to present. The world is a richer place because of it and at heart, this is a lifeaffirming book. He wrote his moving book when breath becomes air as he approached the. Paul kalanithi is the author of the memoir when breath becomes air. Dr henry marsh is a neurosurgeon and the author of do no harm, which was shortlisted for the guardian first book award in 2014.
When breath becomes air is not only poignant, touching, and painful it is also full of love, insight, courage and humility. Hopeful because even in his brief life of thirtyseven years he showcased what we as human beings are capable of in our best incarnations. When breath becomes air on apple books apple apple. When breath becomes air is published by bodley head. When breath becomes air as a surgeon with a focus on cancer in community practice for 40 years, this book moved me to tears. It is a memoir about his life and illness, battling stage iv metastatic lung cancer. Paul kalanithi s memoir, when breath becomes air, written as he faced a terminal cancer diagnosis, is inherently sad. Kalanithis life as a neurosurgeon and his fight against advanced lung cancer. Like the book itself, the anecdote speaks to something larger and far more. I know about kalanithis story because he told it himself in the posthumous when breath becomes air. Kalanithi, who died at 37, went on to write a great, indelible book, when breath becomes air, that is as intimate and illuminating as atul.
Lucy explains that when breath becomes air is in a sense unfinished, even though paul worked on it tirelessly. Returning home, upon landing in san francisco, kalanithi receives a call from his doctor telling him that his lungs look blurry. Paul kalanithis memoir, when breath becomes air, written as he faced a terminal cancer diagnosis, is inherently sad. When breath becomes air is a nonfiction autobiographical book written by american neurosurgeon dr.747 126 1098 168 937 42 412 415 3 1404 1242 825 1446 1393 1483 941 754 1404 1503 460 989 1399 112 1228 1500 585 473 1132 250 1564 921 320 1310 255 1336 978 693 662 1155 457 1252 991 602 1425 1318 760