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by Christopher Hitchens
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في السنة الفاصلة بين تشخيصه بالسرطان وموته وضع هتشنز آخر أفكاره في هذا الكتاب، فحكى باختصار عن معاناته مع المرض واختلاف النظرة للحياة عند اقتراب الموت، وأيضاً ثباته على الإلحاد.
It's the honesty, I gotta say, that makes this book the best I've read this year. It just saddens me to know that we will never hear/read everything he wanted write when he set out on this task. I'll write more later.
Hitchens is still obsessing over religion and his religious haters here to an irritating degree. It seems to be the only thing he cares about: Showing the naysayers that he still rejects God and living out his last days in vehement atheism. It's not that I disagree with him -- I completely jive with this vehemence. But this book seemed to be simply a regurgitation of the ideas he evangelized throughout his life. Well-written, yes, but the insights into dying were too scant for this to be great. I really appreciated his wife's words, the last chapter of the book -- poignant, real, exposing the most invisible yet tangible consequences of grief.
An honest look at dealing with cancer and impending death. Will make religious people ask some fundamental questions about their faith.
The book takes us on the journey from June of 2010 (when Hitchens was diagnosed) to December of 2011 (when he died). What a beautiful, awful journey it was. Samuel Johnson said that "The prospect of being hanged focuses the mind wonderfully." Hitchens was not being hanged, unless you mean that metaphorically, but his literate mind stayed focused and articulate. He goes into the rich detail of his body becoming a "reservoir of pain," meditates on the old wheeze that pain makes us better people, offers thoughts on whether the phrase "the war on cancer" is appropriate, and reveals that near the end he became a willing morphine junky: "How happily I measured off my day as I saw the injection being readied."
Being in Christopher’s company was rarely sobering, but always exhilarating. It is, however, sobering and grief-inducing to read this brave and harrowing account of his “year of living dyingly” in the grip of the alien that succeeded where none of his debate opponents had in bringing him down.
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