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Featured in the September 2012 Popular Health newsletter.
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ubiq Staff Pick! by Oliver""Mortality" is a poignant collection of essays and notes by the late Christopher Hitchens on the subject of terminal cancer, and more generally, on the subject of dying. These are subjects that became central to his life following his diagnosis with terminal cancer in 2010, and continued to command his literary attention until his death the following year. Those who know the author will be unsurprised to read as he reaffirms his moral principles and his passion for literature, justice, and living in general up until the very end - at this point, his writing consists of barely coherent scribbles, jotted down in rare moments of lucidity.
"Mortality" is much more than just a restatement of old views and arguments, though. In it, the author employs his tremendous intellect to explore and critique the public perception of cancer, while also offering an important perspective on the prospect of death and the treatment of the dying a perspective that values honesty and offers consolation to those who remain skeptical of life after death, regardless of the unwelcome prospect of non-existence. The book is full of Hitchens inclusive wit and wondrous erudition, and for those that miss his intellectual presence, the pleasure in reading this book only makes it all the more devastating for its finality. "Mortality" is a book that I am glad to have read, and even gladder to have sitting on my bookshelf, ready to be reread when the prospect of people not being around forever starts to seem a bit distressing."
Publication date: 2012-09-01
Number of pages: 160
Subjects: Non-fiction, Lifestyle, Sport And Leisure, Biography & True Stories, Memoirs, Medicine, Health And Personal Development, Health, Coping With Illness & Specific Conditions, Staff Picks, By Oliver