When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There are books that you like, there are books that you love and then there are books that shake you, make you introspect and force you to rethink about many conventions, comfort and things that you take for granted.
The story of a neurosurgeon (Dr. Paul Kalanithi) dealing with terminal cancer, written by himself and the epilogue written by her wife after his death- the memoir is not only different & ground-breaking because of its theme & content. What makes the book that it has become to be is that Dr. Kalanithi, who had been a literature major and then, being a neurosurgeon, had seen & experienced death & its various manifestations and consequences, has woven an extremely pristine & profound piece of memoir. ‘When breath becomes air’ is a meditation on death, the practice of neuroscience & neurosurgery, god & metaphysics and the gory question of “What matters & what not when your time is limited”
A MUST READ.
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3 thoughts on “When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi [Book Review]”
Have read this book – literature major to neurosurgery – in India can’t even think about it! (typical Indian to have been awed by this very common weatern education feature)
Very few books have brought tears to my eyes-this book was one of them. It is indeed a must read to understand how life can be cut short without warning.
Could’t agree more