Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Review: When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paul Kalanithi didn't expect to spend a decade of his life fighting to become a neurosurgeon, only to find out that a rare form of lung cancer would derail his plans (and life). Written during the last year of his young life, Kalanithi not only chronicles his life but philosophizes about the choices he made and why he made them. Become a student of literature in order to understand life through the lens of fiction or become a student of medicine to understand life through the nuances of the human body? His choice to follow the path of science was one that led him to better understand life and death in ways that helped him to ultimately face his own mortality with grace and acceptance.

Kalanithi's memoir was touching and perceptive but at times his narrative proved to be almost too lofty for the average reader.

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