Mortality - Christopher Hitchens


By Christopher Hitchens

  • Release Date: 2012-09-04
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Mortality book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 148 Ratings)

Mortality Christopher Hitchens Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported "from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady." Over the next eighteen months, until his death in Houston on December 15, 2011, he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture, astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis.
Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.
MORTALITY is the exemplary story of one man's refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament. Crisp and vivid, veined throughout with penetrating intelligence, Hitchens's testament is a courageous and lucid work of literature, an affirmation of the dignity and worth of man.

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User reviews about this book

  • Couldn't put it down

    By Omnium316
    Lucky for me the book is short, because I could not put it down.
  • Hitchens at End

    By Amy Wilentz
    Fun, short, and smart.
  • Incomparable

    By Pudgy fatty
    Especially poignant to read this on the day a bunch of silly old men in red dresses are gathering in Rome to choose their new Queen. How I wish he were here to mock them.
  • Too bad

    By 50gjh
    Hoped he would have seen the light of Christ in the end but his incredible pride wouldn't allow.
  • Rip off

    By industrygal
    The least a reader could know ahead is gat the book is about 70 pages. Hardly justifies the cost of the book. No matter who wrote it!
  • Disappointed

    By Jobar_12
    I presume to think the author would be disappointed. There's not that much beyond the Vanity Fair piece to justify the price of the book. I should have known from the downloaded sample, but the glowing reviews pulled me on.
  • Indeed, the last word.

    By Irma Sturgell
    I felt like a voyeur watching him die.
  • Goodbye Christopher

    By Reality 1
    This book is beautifully written and purely Christopher. I only wish I could have talked with him in real life. I will miss his mastery of words and his presence here. His wife Carol Blue gives a wonderful afterword.

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