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Preview — Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
My mother died of cancer and it really was a different world. The hospice. A world shrunk to a single room and that was defined by a wall of bitterness to one side, pain to another, a slow crumbling of the third wall, and the fourth was windows onto a beautiful garden she could only look at but not enter. A w ...more
He faced his mortality with a steadfast gaze, as well as his trademark wit, humour, and incessant curiosity. His real most deep-seated fear was of losing his ability to express himself, of not being able to talk or to write.
He does still get the last word. I love that this book comes out posthumously. It's as if he is talking to us right now: "And another thing!"
His wife Carol Blue wrote a moving afterword in which she described their 'new wor ...more
I’m one of those people who always enjoyed hearing Christopher Hitchens speak—on anything—in his confrontational style, with his humor, his lightning-fast logic, with the breadth and depth of his intellect always on display. I miss Christopher Hitchens. Even when I disagreed with his position (the invasion of Iraq), I’d still marvel at his grasp of fact and adamant (belligerent) defense. I miss him.
In Mortality, Hitchens describes his diagnosis, treatment and the subsequent failure of the body,...more
― Christopher Hitchens, Mortality
This short collection of writings done by Christopher Hitchens detailing his experience with cancer, dying and mortality reminds me in no little way of a 21st century Montaigne. While I was expecting Hitchen's stoic materialism to jump off the page, I was also surprised by his gentleness. This is a man who loved life. He loved his family. He loved his friends. He loved to think, to w ...more
The book contains several essays ...more
Hitch was a writer, to his core. I know this just through the sense of his writings - that's how I met so many other interesting people. It was something which defined him.
To this extent, it's not too surprising that new books come out after he has passed. This little collection of essays are meditative, a little self-pitying, but mostly as dignified as cancer would let him be. Fierce and stoic, almost up to the very end.
He was funny, provocative, and ch ...more
The author died of esophageal cancer in 2011, which was as ironic ...more
The focus of this book is more about his experience of dying of cancer than anything else, but his chapter on the varying responses of Christians to his diagnosis is among the richest in the book. The contrast between those who gleefully indulged in their belief that this wa ...more
He writes from "Tumortown" but beyond, there is a vast less-explored interior, where the likes of me hang out, those with the thousands, millions of different more-or-less sickly Cinderella illnesses. Though they comprehend the city's size and very serious troubles, they are sometimes resentful and bewildered ...more
"The following is Carol Blue’s afterword to her husband Christopher Hitchens’ book Mortality, out in September from Twelve.
Onstage, my husband was an impossible act to follow.
If you ever saw him at the podium, you may not share Richard Dawkins’ assessment that “he was the greatest orator of our time,” but you will know what I mean—or at least you won’t think, She would say that, she’s his wife.
Offstage, my husband was an impossible act to follow.
At home at one o ...more
Yeah. Like that.
By now you know that I’m not the deepest well in the field. I spent my twenties reading Weetzie Bat and bopping around to King Missile. I know, I should have been studying the NYTBR or listening to Ira Glass ...more
There's no denying the integrity in his life, nor the intellect and wit in his speaking and writing.
But what can I make of this book? It was an easy enough read, but the fact that we're approaching the topic from two diametrically opposed worldviews made it challenging. Is it enough that we respect one another, or give some semblance of respect?
I've watched Hitchens debate religion an ...more
That's probably I got least affected compared to many of my friends who have read and liked this farewell book of the great literary critic. When I was new in Goodreads, I heard about him from a fellow Filipino who is in Goodreads but lives in the Visayas. He ranted and raved about him because he thought that the literary criticism books of Hitchens were must-reads for all serious literary readers. I got some of those books but still have ...more
Christopher Hitchens is, by far, the world's greatest orator, thinker, debater... and I say "is", because, despite his death his words continue to reverberate. He is alive. He will always be alive.
And just as his wife put it in the afterword, "Christopher always has the last word".
"Mortality" is Hitchens' journey through what must have been some of the most painful time in his ...more
As a dark Shadow
Beckons his prey
Into the unknown
By a soft whisper
In the soul
CINDY CHENEY, "Death"
Like many others, I don't want to face my mortality, especially now that I've come to accept this may be the only chance at "life" that we get. Quite frankly, I'm enjoying the party and in no hurry for it to end...at least not yet.
It is with this mindset that I read Mortality, a reflective and painfully poignant piece written by an atheist in the foxhole (ie the thoughts and musings of Christo ...more
I had already read most of these essays as they came out in Vanity Fair during his 19 months ...more
That being said, I found that most of the pages seeped that vague hint of melancholy - although I don't th ...more
It's not that way. I've lost two parents, both unbelievers, and both of whom met their deaths with as much dignity as their conditions allowed, which is probably par for the non-believing final hole.
I was immediately s ...more
Read his stuff...be prepared for strong opinions,and a man that wasn't afraid to say what he thought about most anything.....
Christopher Hitchens, conhecido autor e jornalista, relata neste seu livro de memórias, a sua batalha contra o cancro. Mas este não é o típico livro de memórias. É certamente mais que isso. É um livro que traz à luz reflexões sobre o que é estar naquele espaço de tempo que não é propriamente vida, mas que também não é morte. É aquele interlúdio em que ainda temos esperança de vencer a morte, mas sabemos que não estaremos vivos por muito tempo. Christopher Hitchens, ao contar a sua experiência co ...more
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