Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Its life

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Not sure why I’ve decided to start 2017 with a review of a book that made me cry, but we’re here now so let’s get on with it. It is what it is.

This isn’t the usual book that I read, for a start it’breaths non fiction. I usually like fiction. I like to escape to fantasy worlds and pretend I’m somewhere else, someone else, off saving the universe for a few hours. This is not that kind of book.

When Breath Becomes Air is the incredibly moving memoir of Paul Kalanithi, a talented neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with cancer and who died before he could finish the book. The last chapter is written by his widow and is just as heart-wrenching as the ones which proceed it.

My notes for this book are just a list of single words that read like the review section of a blurb:…

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