"When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi." Review:

"Life’s meaning, its virtue, had something to do with the depth of the relationships we form .The fact of death is unsettling, yet there is no other way to live"

I recently finished When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi. Despite the fact that I'm not much of a book reviewer but the uniqueness of this book and its grooviness obliged me to do so .

This book has been written by a neurosurgeon , a very brilliant man who ended up being diagnosed with terminal cancer . This book is about him dealing with his upcoming death . For an instant you'd think it's one of those time-wasting autobiographies but this one was pretty hitting .

Eventhough this book majorly covers his medical journey but it contained a thought : what makes life worth living in the face of death ?

I think the voice that Paul writes with is really strong , it was quite a sort of impactful because he has a mix of a really enjoying English literature and enjoying science. It was very interesting to see how he was relating the sort of philosophy , the sort of literature to the sort of scientific method , and what made it such hard-hitting book for me as it deals with one of our deepest fears , the concept of a conscious death .

Paul’s wife,added a heartfelt epilogue at the end of the book after Paul's health unabled him to write .

Some of the quotes that stinged in my mind :"There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living. We are never so wise as when we live in this moment"

"Even if you are perfect, the world isn’t. The secret is to know that the deck is stacked, that you will lose, that your hands or judgment will slip, and yet still struggle to win for your patients. You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.”

After finishing the book , there's so much that lingers in the reader's mind about the matters of life and death .

Paul kalanithi has shown that wether it's through religion or through family or just coming into acceptance with who you are , you need to make sure you found out what makes life meaningful for yourself.

In short , this book is a heartbreak in paperback gift-wrapped in beautiful writing , extremely eye-opening and touching .

It's in my top ten this year for sure .