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Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
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Sep 13, 2012

really liked it
Read in September, 2012

A slim, solemn work that eventually, movingly, gives way to fragments left unresolved. Hitchens was flawed, feisty and erudite til the end. I applauded his unwavering atheism in the face of unwanted prayer (a theme he explored in his Vanity Fair column). I found myself particularly moved by his passage about fearing the loss of his ability to write, and thus having cancer decimate not just his body but his identity and purpose. Harrowing stuff. The afterword by Carol Blue (his wife) is also quite touching; one can imagine Hitchens' hospital room becoming a makeshift salon filled with commentary and commentators. The image of him clacking excitedly albeit briefly at the computer propped on his food tray is one that will stay with me for some time.

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