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Mortality | Christopher Hitchens
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On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported "from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady." Over the next eighteen months, until his death in Houston on December 15, 2011, he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture, astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis. Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death. MORTALITY is the exemplary story of one man's refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament. Crisp and vivid, veined throughout with penetrating intelligence, Hitchens's testament is a courageous and lucid work of literature, an affirmation of the dignity and worth of man.
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bourne.shell
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Mehso-so

It's not that it's a bad book. It's just not a feel good kind of thing. A very candid look of a staunch atheist dying of cancer. His observations of how we treat those with cancer and his coming to grips with his own mortality can be direct and cold, but it will make you think.

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BestDogDad
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The last chapter is full of quips and unfinished thoughts. The final jottings of a great man. How sad. 😥

Crazeedi He was a unique person 8mo
Crazeedi I hope he found grace and mercy in the end 8mo
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BestDogDad
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I so miss Hitch and his way with words. Sharp even in his final days. 😔

Suet624 💕💕💕 8mo
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BestDogDad
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Hitchens‘ take on his “fighting” cancer. 😢

Suet624 This hurts to read. 8mo
BestDogDad @Suet624 I know. He is missed. 8mo
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Vanillafire
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A final bit of wonderful from Hitchens.

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jsnip
Mortality | Christopher Hitchens

“for what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his own soul”

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Faibka
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“Always prided myself on my reasoning faculty and my stoic materialism. I don‘t have a body, I am a body. Yet consciously and regularly acted as if this was not true or as if an exception would be made in my case.”

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Faibka
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“To the dumb question ‘Why me?‘ the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: Why not?”

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SirenOfTheRocks
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Just as I expected: witty, honest, and wonderfully written. The unfinished jottings at the end were interesting and somewhat difficult for me to read, as well as Carol Blue‘s afterword; which was beautifully written and left me rather emotional. I would urge everyone, whether or not a fan of Hitchens, to read this book.

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CorLostForWords
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Reading this while Rory is sleeping. Christopher Hitchens is one of my fiancé‘s favourite people. Sad that he is now gone.

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Mindyrecycles
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#labordayreads I also have The Blue Lagoon on the go (Serial Reader) as well as Jubilee (Audible). Managed to dip into all three today. #readingresolutions @Jess7

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Faith175
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Pickpick

Beautiful

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Krisjericho
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Hitchens could be an arrogant, condescending jackass of a man. He could also be poignant and profound and poetic. Mortality is a difficult, beautiful read.

It is so difficult to see the people we admire ailing. I am glad that Hitchens wrote through it all. His voice adds to the conversation, even after death, and what better afterlife is there than that? Continued in the comments.

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My dad is the same age that Hitchens was when he died. He is also fighting cancer and has been for more than two years. I had to take a break about 2/3rds of the way through this book because it was just far too real and relatable. But I came back, and I finished it, and I‘m glad I did.
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readordierachel Great review. Thanks for sharing. 2y
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qitten
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Hitchens writes about dying like he wrote about everything else -- full of snark, wit, and unabashed honesty, and unfinished because death caught up to him. His wife's afterword is particularly harrowing to read.

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goodbyefrancie
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Road trip and audio. I love a good solo drive.

Jinjer My parents tried audio books many years ago when they were still RVing but Dad soon discovered he got way too involved in the book and nearly drove the RV off the road so that was the end of that! 😳😂 2y
goodbyefrancie @Jinjer Probably a good idea! 2y
tpixie Have a blast! Safe travels! 🚗 2y
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tpixie @Jinjer yikes!! I tried to convince my husband to listen to audiobooks and he fell asleep almost at the wheel!! Listening to audiobooks keeps me more awake and alert! 2y
goodbyefrancie @tpixie I think it helps me, too. I am always listening to a book in the car, even if it's a quick trip to the store. 2y
tpixie @goodbyefrancie me too!! 👏🏻💕👏🏻 2y
damyantig I listen to books in cars, but I don't drive. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. 2y
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goodbyefrancie
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Quick trip to the thrift store resulted in a few new-to-me books and audio. #bookhaul

LibrarianJen I love Suite Francaise! 2y
goodbyefrancie @LibrarianJen @Lcsmcat I have had the book on my TBR mountain for a long time, but I thought I might get to the audio more quickly. It looks good! 2y
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Kathrin
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An amazing collection of essays about living in "Tumorville". The author described his illness and treatment in such an unsentimental way, it's incredible. Also, Hitchens was a great writer. I guess it's all that I hoped for when I read "When breath becomes Air".

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Kathrin
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I just finished "Rabbit Redux" today and now it's referenced in the next book.

ValerieAndBooks What are the odds!! 😲 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Mehso-so

In this sharp memoir, Hitchens tells of his diagnosis of esophageal cancer that took his life & his coming of terms with death. I do not know of his celebrity persona before this, so I learnt in this book that he was an opinionated man & his writings often provoked disagreements with some people. I'll say read this with an open mind, after all,we must all deal with death. The last chapter consists of his unfinished notes which is rather poignant.

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keithmalek
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MattSessions
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"If I convert it's because it's better that a believer dies than that an atheist does."

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kgriffith
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I don't read much non-fiction, and I've never been much for memoirs. The hospital I worked for a few years ago had a Literature & Medicine book club, and this was on the list the year I was chosen to participate. It has really stayed with me. I had no idea who he was before I bought the book, and I had great respect for him as I read even though our lives probably never intersected in any way. #funfridayphoto

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MadCatRamble
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I can't objectively review Mortality. I've been a fan of Hitchens's for a long time, so reading his final essay was very bittersweet. All I can say is that he was brilliant, thoughtful and considered to the end.

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Gleefulreader
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A few of my TBR books with (nearly) text only covers for Day 3 of the #booktober #bookphotochallenge.

Bibliogeekery I ❤️ the girl who was Saturday night! 3y
RealLifeReading Good picks! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Mortality=😭😭😭so amazing and honest and heartbreaking 3y
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TeacherMan
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Lyrical and affecting.