When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air

By Paul Kalanithi

  • Release Date: 2016-02-04
  • Genre: Biography
Score: 5
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From 172 Ratings
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THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017

'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York Times

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was 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.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?

Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

Reviews

  • Gripping, emotional..

    5
    By A hooked fan!
    Simply one of the best books I've read in a long time.
  • Incredible, truly amazing. RIP

    5
    By Drsh123
    I sobbed. Amazing but hear wrenching
  • When breath becomes air

    5
    By Janflash
    Excellent and very moving
  • Reality

    5
    By WHO2015
    A well written book of events of beginning of end. To share personal moments are hard- but well described.
  • Beautiful, poignant...

    5
    By DaveN35.2
    ...thought provoking and magnificent. Thank you Paul for sharing your amazing life with us. Your daughter will be very proud of the man she will never get to know
  • Must read

    5
    By Jaspers32
    I could not put it down!! Such an inspiration ❤️ incredibly moving..
  • Insightful

    5
    By Linpolio
    My husband and I have neurological conditions, me one, him two. I am so glad this appeared somewhere on my computer and I chose to purchase. Reading insightful words helps.
  • Spectacular as it is sad.

    5
    By Jmc2009
    Having read the first two pages of this book, I was instantly hooked. Having lost my Father to cancer two years ago I was immediately struck by the similarities of their experience. Distinct flashes of clarity amongst an overwhelmingly sad situation. I would recommend this book to everyone, the only drawback is as you turn the pages, you don’t want it to end.
  • Real...

    5
    By Maximaxi19697@jenksplace
    If ever I become ill, I hope to be as brave, real and as inspiring as this brilliant man.
  • When breath becomes air

    5
    By Zoo aria
    An excellent read ,once started its one of those books you just have to finish without putting it down

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