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Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2019-final-reading-list, memoir, cancer

"The absorbing fact about being mortally sick is that you spend a good deal of time preparing yourself to die with some modicum of stoicism (and provision for loved ones), while being simultaneously and highly interested in the business of survival."

Despite its small size, this was a really hard to finish book.

Christopher Hitchens was a brave, wise, articulate scholar who stood up to religious bigots his whole life. This book captures his thoughts in his last months as he copes with the illness - last stage esophageal cancer, "prayers for recovery" and in general thoughts on illness, treatments and death.

I could relate to a lot of thoughts as I'd recently survived only a small subset of procedures he'd to undergo and mine ailment was considered to be cancer too. The same as this.

The last unfinished chapter with random jottings and the afterword by his wife were heartbreaking.

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Reading Progress

March 14, 2018 – Shelved
March 14, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
October 28, 2018 – Started Reading
March 17, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-final-reading-list
March 17, 2019 – Shelved as: memoir
March 17, 2019 – Shelved as: cancer
March 17, 2019 – Finished Reading

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