Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air”

7 May 2016

Just finished the “New York Times” bestseller, by – the now deceased – Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon, who died of cancer.

He decided to dedicate the last months of his life, writing about his experience with life, and most importantly, with death.

It is breathtaking.

Impossible that we read it without thinking about our own life (and why not, death, which is the only thing that is sure in life – no one excluded).

He wrote in page 115: “You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.”

It is a story about life and achievement, not death and incompleteness.

I recommend it. Most importantly, I recommend getting the book’s message.

What now appears as a chapter in the book, was published as an article in the New Yorker.

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/my-last-day-as-a-surgeon

The New York Times is right: “Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option.”

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