Author: Paul Kalanithi
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Pages: 208 (Kindle)
My Rating: 8/10
Overview: There is only one thing promised to us in this life; those who are born will eventually die. Some will die today, tomorrow, in a year, or decades from now. So, given that we will almost certainly be unaware when it is our time, how do we ensure we lead a life worth living?
When Breath Becomes Air is a hauntingly tragic memoir of a man coming to terms with his fate and trying to live a meaningful life while he still has a life to live.
Paul's story is unique to him and also the story of many. How does one handle a death sentence handed over at the ripe age of 36? How does one know their death is imminent and their future is gone and still manage to carry on? How can a person accept death and leave behind a world they thought they had many more years with? How does one still appreciate life, when their's is about to end? Paul immerses himself in these questions and is determined to find meaning before his time comes.
Paul writes beautifully and pulls our minds and hearts through the pages and places us beside him during his story. He exposes the reality of not only being a doctor, but a neurosurgeon on a path to greatness.
When Breath Becomes Air is a true gift to the world. Readers are able to share Paul's thoughts, hopes, dreams, fears and walk with him throughout his journey to discovery.
This memoir is extremely emotional and will inspire you to dig deep within yourself. Are you living a meaningful life? If your answer is no, then why not? We must all live with meaning , because before we know it, we won't be living at all (morbid, I know, but true).
What I didn't: There is a good amount of medical terminology in this book. Luckily, I understood a large portion of the jargon because of Grey's Anatomy. However, if you aren't well-versed in medical lingo, it might be difficult at times to know exactly what Paul is talking about, but it shouldn't hinder your overall understanding of the book.
And speaking of lingo, although I learned several new vocabulary words, I felt at times, the writing was a little too flowery and distracted me from understanding the point and meaning of what was trying to be said.