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THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017

'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York Times

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?

Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2016
4 February
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House
SELLER
The Random House Group Limited
SIZE
1.9
MB

Customer Reviews

Mid637 ,

Worth every tear

How lucky we are to be able to read this story. To share this journey of living and dying.

MGS253 ,

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul was an extremely clever and insightful man. What drew me to his book was the fact my own father died at age 36 of a heart attack no-one saw coming. He had two attacks in the one day and was gone within hours that same day. It has stayed with my sister and I all our lives. She was six at the time and I was nine. We had no family in Australia only our mother as they were Dutch migrants.

The love and support of family, and Paul’s constant thoughts of your and Cady’s future Lucy showed me the kind of man he was.

Not only brilliant, hard working and always seeing his own faults, writing about them and changing his thinking through time. I found his story incredibly interesting, and read it very quickly.

No one could have written a better narrative than someone having lived it all. Amazing just amazing.

I too was no longer religious, but Paul’s thoughts later on in life had a profound effect on me. How true was the way he interpreted Science, as well as Religion, concerning true and false interpretations by both parties - it really had me thinking.

I was so glad he had you for support Lucy, and that you both had beautiful, darling Cady. What a difference she made to his time left, and to your love and memories as a family. He will also live on through Cady.

So many of us don’t appreciate the love of an extended family from both sides, and bicker about the smallest things.
Both Paul and your insight made one stop and think about trivialities and look at the big and fortunate picture.

Thank you to all who helped finish the book and have it published. My life is richer as a result.

MGS253
Australia

Cherise.S ,

Beautiful

Such raw emotion, he has compelled us to come face to face with our own mortality.
Whilst travelling through Laos I chose this book to read. I have recently lost my father to cancer, and I am a doctor. Definitely needed a pack of tissues.
There were so many pieces of his life that resonated deeply with me.
It truly felt that we were walking with him through that journey with his family. Beautifully written.

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