by Paul Kalanithi
I read this book in one sitting and by the time I ended it there were knots in my stomach and tears in my eyes. Having lost someone very close to cancer I could feel the pain the writing.
The first half talks about the early life of Dr. Paul and how he became a neurosurgeon. The latter half is where he talks about his diagnosis, how he dealt with it till life left him.
Having read a couple of books on terminal illness and death, this book felt real. When words come straight from the heart the feeling is so real that it feels as if it is happening right in front of our eyes. We living a normal life yet become depressed and give up hope every now and then.
Imagine, he knew exactly what will happen since a little while ago he was the one doing the diagnosis yet he lived a contented, normal life till his last breath.
The epilogue by Lucy was heartwarming. Dr. Paul was not able to complete the book due to his untimely death but his wife’s words do bring closure.
It is not a book which you will forget once you put it down but will stay with you for a long time.