Death Be Not Proud
Johnny Gunther was only seventeen years old when he died of a brain tumor. During the months of his illness, everyone near him was unforgettably impressed by his level-headed courage, his wit and quiet friendliness, and, above all, his unfaltering patience through times of despair. This deeply moving book is a father's memoir of a brave, intelligent, and spirited boy.
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My new take on the book, after fourteen years passing since I first read it:
Tonight, I read someone’s review of “Death Be Not Proud” on Goodreads.com, a great review for a classic book, but for some misguided search for understanding ...more
The book was written by the boy's father after his death, and in many ways is the eulogy of a bereaved father who desperately loves his son. He writes of the genius of the boy, and we, the reader, come to believe with the father that this young man would have truly changed the world h ...more
I wonder if he is so optimistic about his recovery b ...more
for one thing, gunther references the intelligentsia of the 30s and 40s (somehow without seeming like he's name dropping - but that could also be because the names are older... and some have fallen into obscurity). in a weird way, it reminded me of the movie Quiz Show, in its portrait of a time and (certain) place w ...more
A few things happened before , during and ...more
This is a very moving account of the sickness and death of the author’s son, Johnnie. His boy, seventeen-years old at the time, was diagnosed as having a tumor on the brain. We are taken from the early stages of the diagnosis to the point where they have fully characterized the tumor, and know that there was ultimately no hope for the boy. Through his father, mostly, we meet Johnnie, and learn a lot about his life before his sickness. We follow him ...more
The book is a little saccharine for my taste. Basically it comes down to a father who loved his son and was full of justified or unjustified pride. According to Mr. Gunther, his son was: better, smarter, nicer, braver, etc than any other person on the face of the planet. I understand why he felt that way and I t ...more
My opinion about this book was that it was good. This book was as sad as a crying panda bear. While I was reading I had no more tears to cry I cried all my tears. Also I like the book for its theme. The the ...more
I'd never heard of the book before and was not familiar with the author even though I'd had the book sitting in my garage for many years. From my research on the author I found that he was well known from the late 1930's until the 1970's. Though he'd writte ...more
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After Johnny is diagnosed with a brain tumor, Gunther finds his entire life has been consumed by Johnny's illness. Constant trips to hospitals cause Johnny to become depressed. His biggest priority is to get back into school. After Johnny realizes his condition may be terminal, his priorities are forced to change drastically. Man ...more
I think what kept me from enjoying this book was that the vignettes describing Johnny's academic and scientific ambitions and his quips and one-liners that apparently inst ...more
I was amazed that brain surgery was as advanced in 1946 as it was. There have clearly been great strides in treating cancers since then, but the type which Johnny Gunther had is still fatal in a very short period.
I thought Johnny was very brave in the face of the procedures they put him through, incredibly intelligent, and his death was a true loss of talent. However, I think the par ...more
I read this in the 8th grade. I ran across the title in something else I was doing and remembered that I had indeed read this! Everything came flooding back---WOW! This is a wonderful book. It will pull at your heartstrings, and leave you profoundly touched.
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