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  • Title: Mortality
  • Author: Christopher Hitchens
  • ISBN: 9781455502752
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch 22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax As he would later write in the first of a series of award winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported from the country of the well across the stark frontierOn June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch 22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax As he would later write in the first of a series of award winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady Over the next eighteen months, until his death in Houston on December 15, 2011, he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture, astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis.Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open In this account of his affliction, he describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.
    Mortality On June while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir Hitch Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax As he would late

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    1. 3.75 stars really, but I gave it 5 because Christopher Hitchens wrote it whilst dying of cancer and because of the concept of cancer being another country foreign to the one that we live in.My mother died of cancer and it really was a different world The hospice A world shrunk to a single room and that was defined by a wall of bitterness to one side, pain to another, a slow crumbling of the third wall, and the fourth was windows onto a beautiful garden she could only look at but not enter A worl [...]

    2. Wow He did it He did dying just as he did living He faced his mortality with a steadfast gaze, as well as his trademark wit, humour, and incessant curiosity His real most deep seated fear was of losing his ability to express himself, of not being able to talk or to write.He does still get the last word I love that this book comes out posthumously It s as if he is talking to us right now And another thing His wife Carol Blue wrote a moving afterword in which she described their new world , that w [...]

    3. I m one of those people who always enjoyed hearing Christopher Hitchens speak on anything in his confrontational style, with his humor, his lightning fast logic, with the breadth and depth of his intellect always on display I miss Christopher Hitchens Even when I disagreed with his position the invasion of Iraq , I d still marvel at his grasp of fact and adamant belligerent defense I miss him.In Mortality, Hitchens describes his diagnosis, treatment and the subsequent failure of the body, while [...]

    4. It s probably a merciful thing that pain is impossible to describe from memory Christopher Hitchens, MortalityThis short collection of writings done by Christopher Hitchens detailing his experience with cancer, dying and mortality reminds me in no little way of a 21st century Montaigne While I was expecting Hitchen s stoic materialism to jump off the page, I was also surprised by his gentleness This is a man who loved life He loved his family He loved his friends He loved to think, to write and [...]

    5. This is proving very hard to write about.Hitch was a writer, to his core I know this just through the sense of his writings that s how I met so many other interesting people It was something which defined him.To this extent, it s not too surprising that new books come out after he has passed This little collection of essays are meditative, a little self pitying, but mostly as dignified as cancer would let him be Fierce and stoic, almost up to the very end He was funny, provocative, and challengi [...]

    6. A book on the dark subject of death that lightens the load with straight shots of clarity, honesty, and a form of wisdom For those who loved the cultural critic Hitchens as a voice of truth that perfectly balanced logic and wit, fear not the potentials for emotional devastation in this discourse on his own process of death from esophageal cancer It s short enough to be read in one sitting and contains no self pity He gave me some courage about my own mortality.The book contains several essays in [...]

    7. The moment life departs the body, it belongs to death At one with lamps, suitcases, carpets, door handles, windows Fields, marshes, streams, mountains, clouds, the sky None of these is alien to us We are constantly surrounded by objects and phenomena from the realm of death Nonetheless, there are a few things that arouse in us greater distaste than to see a human being caught up in it, at least if we are to judge by the efforts we make to keep corpses out of sight In larger hospitals they are no [...]

    8. I didn t always agree with Christopher Hitchens war with Iraq, for instance but I always admired his brilliant mind and I enjoyed his feisty, combative personality Because Hitchens was an outspoken atheist, I was most curious to read his observations on mortality These moving and brave final essays were so much than what I expected I found them to be deeply thought provoking and sometimes difficult but compelling to read.The author died of esophageal cancer in 2011, which was as ironic as was h [...]

    9. Whatever one s opinion on Christopher Hitchens religious views, it s indisputable that the man can write This collection of essays was penned after his diagnosis of terminal esophageal cancer and before his untimely death The focus of this book is about his experience of dying of cancer than anything else, but his chapter on the varying responses of Christians to his diagnosis is among the richest in the book The contrast between those who gleefully indulged in their belief that this was God s [...]

    10. Transcendent and universal, yet without a happy ending there could be no other title And it s not like Christopher Hitchens would have authored yet another celebrity cancer memoir, is it He writes from Tumortown but beyond, there is a vast less explored interior, where the likes of me hang out, those with the thousands, millions of different or less sickly Cinderella illnesses Though they comprehend the city s size and very serious troubles, they are sometimes resentful and bewildered at all th [...]

    11. NO SPOILERS Christopher Hitchens wrote this when he was dying, a book about his dying, so you d think there d be some strong emotion, even anguish in these pages Not so He comes across as coolly removed from the esophageal cancer that s consuming him The dust jacket promises a riveting account of his affliction, yet the book is as much a snoozy discussion of Nietzsche, religion, and medical advancements as it is about Hitchens s cancer He s at his best when he gets personal, describing his medic [...]

    12. Hitchens writes If I convert it s because it s better that a believer dies than that an atheist does pg 91.There s no denying the integrity in his life, nor the intellect and wit in his speaking and writing.But what can I make of this book It was an easy enough read, but the fact that we re approaching the topic from two diametrically opposed worldviews made it challenging Is it enough that we respect one another, or give some semblance of respect I ve watched Hitchens debate religion and politi [...]

    13. The day I found out that Christopher Hitchens had died was the day I felt as if someone from my own family had perished Christopher Hitchens is, by far, the world s greatest orator, thinker, debater and I say is , because, despite his death his words continue to reverberate He is alive He will always be alive.And just as his wife put it in the afterword, Christopher always has the last word Mortality is Hitchens journey through what must have been some of the most painful time in his life Quite [...]

    14. sob this will break your heart The following is Carol Blue s afterword to her husband Christopher Hitchens book Mortality, out in September from Twelve.Onstage, my husband was an impossible act to follow.If you ever saw him at the podium, you may not share Richard Dawkins assessment that he was the greatest orator of our time, but you will know what I mean or at least you won t think, She would say that, she s his wife.Offstage, my husband was an impossible act to follow.At home at one of the ra [...]

    15. Whilst I may not share many of the opinions of Christopher Hitchens, I cannot but express huge admiration for his ability to put into words what so many must think when faced with a Cancer diagnosis His thoughts, feelings and reasoning on how to deal with the inevitable make compelling reading.

    16. This was like walking in on the final act of some grand production Walking in on Romeo dooming himself as Juliet awakes The last cries of Jack Rose as the Leocicle drops into the icy Atlantichearing the last notes of Hiding All Away by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Yeah Like that By now you know that I m not the deepest well in the field I spent my twenties reading Weetzie Bat and bopping around to King Missile I know, I should have been studying the NYTBR or listening to Ira Glass wax poetic It w [...]

    17. 02 11 00Read by Simon Prebble Afterword spoken by Carole BlueDescription On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch 22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax As he would later write in the first of a series of award winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady Over the next eighteen [...]

    18. Time after time I read Hitchens and I shudder at the thought of his mind He is a giant of thought of any kind, political, religious, economic, you name it, he s researched, questioned and written about it This personal account of his last days is haunting, to say the least To be able to concentrate your intelect on such a high point as to look down from it to cancer is a feat that I doubt many of us could ever achieve The sharpness of his tongue and the broadness of his thought managed to stave [...]

    19. when christopher hitchens passed away last december, the world lost one of its most trenchant, penetrating, and unabashedly forthright journalists and thinkers as an intellectual luminary and stalwart critic of organized religion, zionism, and political duplicity, hitchens must surely rank amongst the late twentieth century s most iconoclastic and outspoken figures with acolytes and detractors aplenty, hitchens was often a divisive figure, yet one seemingly committed to veracity above allrtality [...]

    20. I have no love lost for Christopher Hitchens 1949 2011.That s probably I got least affected compared to many of my friends who have read and liked this farewell book of the great literary critic When I was new in , I heard about him from a fellow Filipino who is in but lives in the Visayas He ranted and raved about him because he thought that the literary criticism books of Hitchens were must reads for all serious literary readers I got some of those books but still have time to read them So, wh [...]

    21. It is extraordinary to read the inner life of anybody grappling with oncoming death, and Hitch being Hitch he has done it differently and memorably.Two ideas particularly stand out for me, both connecting me to thoughts of dear friends.The first is the phrase perhaps best know from Hitchens writing of his life after diagnosis with cancer as living dyingly I think of the three people I know in similar situations who chose to die livingly There is a difference in emphasis that is too hard for me t [...]

    22. I might give this book 5 stars on a second read I watched my mother s chronic illness become terminal over the course of about 12 years So much of what Hitchens writes was so familiar but he only had 19 months to face it all Being with my mother in her death stripped the concept of all sentimentality for me It s simply a fucking nightmare But real I feel like Hitchens captured that awfulness in every sense of the word, and again, without sentimentality He calls out the bullshit ways we fearful h [...]

    23. DeathAs a dark ShadowBeckons his preyInto the unknownBy a soft whisperIn the soulCINDY CHENEY, Death Like many others, I don t want to face my mortality, especially now that I ve come to accept this may be the only chance at life that we get Quite frankly, I m enjoying the party and in no hurry for it to end least not yet.It is with this mindset that I read Mortality, a reflective and painfully poignant piece written by an atheist in the foxhole ie the thoughts and musings of Christopher Hitchen [...]

    24. Hitchens had no patience for pieties or platitudes What subject summons up pieties and platitudes from others than one s own impending demise His diagnosis of stage 4 esophageal cancer there is, he reminds us, no stage 5 makes for a perfect match of author and subject No one better than Hitch in yer face atheist, talker extraordinaire, all around pain in the butt to send the sanctimonious scurrying My favorite episode here involves his dialogue with a matron at a book signing who opened with a [...]

    25. I put off reading this for a bit because I knew it would hurt I have been a Christopher Hitchens fan since his excellent and well researched book on Jewish Christian Muslim mythologies among others God Is Not Great How Religion Poisons Everything came out I had been able to share that book with adults, teens, and even some intelligent tweens who had been brainwashed into believing in Christian mythology as well as using it as a worldview text when teaching homeschool classes on the subject Throu [...]

    26. Ah, Hitch Miss you After reading half of Mortality last night, I fell asleep to a personal, internal conversation with you How is it that I can miss someone so much that I never actually knew That I feel I knew Why is that Hitch identifies it, I think, when he thanks a past editor who advised him to write like the way you talk Even to the last he did just that He speaks to you, the reader.I had already read most of these essays as they came out in Vanity Fair during his 19 months in Tumortown h [...]

    27. This is a brilliant collection of Hitchens essays written after he was diagnosed with cancer Some were previously published in Vanity Fair magazine, but there are also some new pieces The foreword by Graydon Carter and the afterword by Hitchens wife were also moving Highly recommended for all Hitch fans.

    28. I have always had a kind of love hate relationship with Christopher Hitchens I suppose hate is too strong a word but I have definitely felt infuriated and frustrated with some of his views And yet, at the same time, I have always admired his intellect and thoughtfulness A self proclaimed atheist, Mr Hitchens seemed to look upon the world s religions as a source of humanity s problems than it was a source of comfort or goodness He discussed his views on this thoroughly in his book, God is Not Gr [...]

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