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Shaking Hands With Death
Shaking Hands With Death | Terry Pratchett
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Why we all deserve a life worth living and a death worth dying for Most men dont fear death. They fear those things the knife, the shipwreck, the illness, the bomb which precede, by microseconds if youre lucky, and many years if youre not, the moment of death. When Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimers in his fifties he was angry - not with death but with the disease that would take him there, and with the suffering disease can cause when we are not allowed to put an end to it. In this essay, broadcast to millions as the BBC Richard Dimblebly Lecture 2010 and previously only available as part of A Slip of the Keyboard, he argues for our right to choose - our right to a good life, and a good death too.
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thebookmagpie
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I've been putting off reading this one, but today - which would have been his 70th birthday - seems as good as any. #GNUTerryPratchett

Reviewsbylola Ooooh definitely a good choice for today then! 1y
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TheLondonBookworm
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Just a bit of light reading before bed time...

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SarahK
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In 2010 Terry Prachett gave the Richard Dimbleby Lecture about his diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's. He talks about being open with his diagnosis and the need for individuals to have a day in the manner they die. The idea of a good death is really important to my job and me personally (although I doubt anyone would say otherwise). Just really good.

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Maike
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This a brilliant talk Sir Terry gave about death in the face of sickness.

Also we decided to celebrate New Year's Eve at home after having a busy week. So - reading til midnight it is 😇

elkeo_TheBookDragon I love seeing your German editions! 3y
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I liked that despite the seriousness of the topic there was still humour in it but not enough to take away from the seriousness. The balance between the two is perfect. I have a physical disability as well as chronic illnesses that have very little understanding or respect within the medical world and if my life got to the point that was no way of my situation improving I would like the option to end my life with dignity too.

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Buechersuechtling
Dem Tod die Hand reichen | Terry Pratchett
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Von dem Zorn, der im Anrisstext und auch im Vorwort erwähnt wird, habe ich wenig bemerkt. Wahrscheinlich ein Manko, wenn man das Manuskript liest, statt die Rede zu hören. Ein Buch mit einer klaren persönlichen Botschaft. Es wird die Welt nicht verändern. Aber wer den Autor mag, wird auch dieses Buch mögen. Eine flinke Lektüre, deren Vorwort mir stellenweise Tränen in den Augen brennen lies.

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Letztendlich geht es um diese vielbeschworene Sache – unsere Lebensqualität. Wie man sein Leben lebt, was man aus ihm macht, was man hineinsteckt und was man schließlich zurücklässt. Wir sollten uns um ein gutes und erfülltes Leben bemühen, und am Ende dieses Lebens, in unserer vertrauten Umgebung und im Kreise unserer lieben, um einen Tod, für den es sich zu sterben lohnt. (Seite 29)

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(Seite 5)
Er hat gerade die Fähigkeit eingebüßt, mit zehn Fingern zu tippen und diktiert seine Texte in den Computer.
➡️ Welch Ironie. ?

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Auch dieses "Schnäppchen" habe ich gerade überraschend bei meiner Leihbücherei gefunden. ?
Aber erst die "Zeitfuge" von Michael J. Sullivan. Ich sagte es schon. Lese-Disziplin muss sein… *räusper*

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Papiergefluester
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"Because if I knew that I could die at any time I wanted, then suddenly every day would be as precious as a million pounds. If I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice."
Terry Pratchett in einer Rede über das Recht auf selbstbestimmtes Sterben. Er selbst litt zu dem Zeitpunkt schon mehrere Jahre an einer seltenen Form von Alzheimer.
Viele kluge, wenn auch traurige Gedanken in diesem Text.

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literaturschock
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Erst auf Seite 12 und noch mitten im Vorwort und ich heule schon. 😢 #terrypratchett

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ich liebe es so sehr 😍

Papiergefluester Das habe ich mir gerade auf Englisch geholt, weil ich den Preis für 80 Seiten doch recht hoch fand. Ich freue mich auf die Lektüre! 3y
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A very short read, the transcript of Sir Terry's Richard Dimbley Lecture 2010. Out of all the people I've never met, I miss Sir Terry most of all.

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