This is a deeply moving memoir by Paul Kalanithi. This isalso a beautifully written book.Before I read the book, I had an idea that this may be avery depressing book, as a terminally diseased person discusses about life inthe book. However, though the part about Paul’s foreseeable and close death wasdepressing, but the actual content of this book – talking about what makes lifeworth living and how to live when facing death, is motivating, and inspiring.
Iam moved by his attitude towards death – knowing that he would only have ashort time to live, his great strength and good heart drove him to write this life-affirmingbook in the last 22 months of his life, and he provided tremendous hope andinsights on life for the living ones through this memoir. In the memoir, I am especially touched by the process of Paulgoing through the stages of denial, anger, and acceptance after the diagnosis. Beingdiagnosed with a terminal disease, Paul did not give up on life and be defeatedby death, he instead chose to embrace his foreseeable death, and decided tolive his limited life to the fullest by living in the moment. This is surely ahard thing to do for anyone, but Paul’s motivating attitude made me ponder andrethink my own life and how to make life worthy.
Paul’s expressive writing also makes this book extremelycaptivating and vivid. His great love for literature could be felt throughoutthe novel. As he wrote in the novel: “Literature not only illuminated another’sexperience, it provided, I believed, the richest material for moral reflection.My brief forays into the formal ethics of analytic philosophy felt dry as abone, missing the messiness and weight of real human life.
” He had notonly produced a beautiful masterpiece of literature, but also sent beautifuland thought-provoking messages about life through the memoir. This is a powerful book, it talks about death, but it ismore about the meaning of life and what matters in life. This is one of themost unforgettable book I have read, and its message will stay with me forlong. I will recommend this book to everyone as we will all get lost at somepoint of our lives, and this book leads you back on track.