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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable book: Edifying, heartbreaking, eloquent and very real, December 1, 2015
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Ashutosh S. Jogalekar (Cambridge, MA USA) - See all my reviews
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I read this book in one sitting, long after the lights should have been turned off. I felt like not doing so would have been a disservice to Paul Kalanithi. After reading the book I felt stunned and hopeful in equal parts. Stunned because of the realization that someone as prodigiously talented and eloquent as Dr. Kalanithi was taken from the world at such an early age. Hopeful because even in his brief life of thirty-seven years he showcased what we as human beings are capable of in our best incarnations. His family can rest assured that he will live on through his book.

When Breath Becomes Air details Dr. Kalanithi's life as a neurosurgeon and his fight against advanced lung cancer. Even in his short life he achieved noteworthy recognition as a scholar, a surgeon, a scientist and now - posthumously - as a writer. The book is a tale of tribulations and frank reflections. Ultimately there's not much triumph in it in the traditional sense but there is a dogged, quiet... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Makes Life Meaningful, December 4, 2015
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Jill I. Shtulman (Chicago, IL USA) - See all my reviews
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Sometimes you don’t go out and find a book; the book finds you. Facing an impending loss without a foundation of faith to fall back on, I find myself asking, “What is the meaning of life if we’re all just going to die?”

Paul Kalanithi answers that question in the most meaningful way possible in his outstanding book. A 36-year- old neurosurgeon, Paul wrestled between medicine and literature as an eventual career. Medicine won out and he was just on the cusp of a stellar trajectory when he was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer.

Paul nurtured a passionate belief in the moral dimensions of his job. He also strongly believed that the relational aspect between people undergirded meaning and that life’s meaning has everything to do with the depth of the relationships we form in our journey. He says this, “The secret is to know that the deck is stacked, that you will lose, that your hands or judgment will slip, and yet still... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grace, Strength,Love, Truth, January 17, 2017
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I sincerely wish that I was a gifted writer so that I could do justice to this beautiful book. It captivated my heart and soul as I read. I was so present and fell in love with this couple. Paul tells his story with such elegance and style. Reflected in his account you see his beautiful and strong wife. I admire both of them for their courage and commitment to each other. This is not a book that can be put down. This is a book that us full of wisdom, flows with grace and becomes a journey. I suggest that you have tissues handy and maybe some chocolate.

I wish Lucy love in her future she captivated my heart as did her husband, Paul. This was a treasured experience that they shared with me. Thank you.

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