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Wit by Margaret Edson
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Mar 23, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: plays
Read in March, 2011

Funny, sad and beautiful, and often all three at the same time.

If you know anything about Wit, you know it's about cancer, which is an overstatement. Or is it an understatement?

It's about the greatness and smallness of cancer. It's about literature, science, art, bodies, words and blood --and the connections between them all.

As Vivian Bearing battles cancer in the same way she battles the works of John Donne, The voice Edson writes in should make any writer jealous.

"What you're doing is very hard," says Vivian's doctor. She answers:

"Hard things are what I like best."

Me too.

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