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Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
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Aug 24, 2012

it was amazing

A powerful account of mortality, these are reports from the precipice, the end of life itself.

Devoid of self-indulgence or pity, this is a collection of honest and raw writing, penned in the same powerful narrative voice that became his signature, behind that voice, the same dynamic mind that became the source of his infamy among some and his fame among the rest of us.

Mortality is not a roaring romp towards the end; there is in the text a mature and dignified sense of morning ones future self. This is accompanied by the building of pressure, of an increasing lightness of the reader’s chest. Where unto the last page you are likely to feel an inextricable sense of loss, of grief, of empathy.
I can only speak for myself when I say that, when finally overwhelmed on that last page, it was a solemn and low eruption, which was instantly consoled by the dignity of the words that had filled the preceding pages.
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