When Breath Becomes Air (Hardcover) – Paul Kalanithi
A Tragic Tale
The best selling When Breath Becomes Air by the late Paul Kalanithi is a profound, heartbreaking, true-life tale written by Paul before he tragically passed away at the relatively young age of thirty-seven years.
Available via eBay here, When Breath Becomes Air is a Best Seller of The Sunday Times, a New York Times Best Seller, and it is also one of the top selling books on Amazon for last year, 2016.
‘Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option…Unmissable’ – New York Times
At the relatively young age of thirty-six, Paul was on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, and tragically, with his whole career ahead of him, he was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. In just one day, he went from being a doctor treating the dying, to a patient, struggling to live.
When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father.
This book truly is a sombre read and it can’t help but remind the reader, that we the living, should always remember to cherish what we have, as sadly, life is sometimes tragically cut short.
Paul Kalanithi was a neurosurgeon and writer. He held degrees in human biology, English literature, and history and philosophy of science and medicine from Stanford and Cambridge universities before graduating from Yale School of Medicine. He also received the American Academy of Neurological Surgery’s highest award for research. His reflections on doctoring and illness have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Paris Review Daily. Paul died in March 2015, aged 37. He is survived by his wife, Lucy, and their daughter, Elizabeth Acadia.
A Compelling Read
This impressive, two hundred and fifty-six page hardback book makes the reader contemplate, what makes life worth living in the face of death? When life is brutally and catastrophically interrupted, what do you do? And even more sombrely, what does it mean to have a child just at the point when your own life is quickly fading away?
Tragically, Paul Kalanithi died while working on this deep and powerful book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our own mortality and on the fascinating relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.
When Breath Becomes Air is ultimately a very sad, immersive tale, and it is essentially a truly heartbreaking and exquisite memoir of a highly educated, hard-working family man. It is all the more riveting because it is based on real life non-fictitious, sorrowful events.
Currently on offer at eBay for $12.50 (approx. 10.96 EUR), the book is a profoundly moving, deeply reflective, compelling read that compels the reader to think long and hard about the past, the future, and most importantly, the now. Life is short even for the majority of us… and this book reminds us to make the most of it while we can.
“A vital book about dying. Awe-inspiring and exquisite. Obligatory reading for the living.” – Nigella Lawson