Gratitude

Gratitude

Book - 2015
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In July 2013, Oliver Sacks turned eighty and wrote a piece in The New York Times about the prospect of old age and the freedom he envisioned for himself in binding together the thoughts and feelings of a lifetime. Eighteen months later, he was given a diagnosis of terminal cancer--which he announced publically in another piece in The New York Times. Gratitude is Sacks's meditation on why life continued to enthrall him even as he faced the all-too-close presence of his own death, and how to live out the months that remained in the richest and deepest way possible.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780451492937
0451492935
Characteristics: xi, 45 p. : ill. ; 18 cm

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1aa
Jul 19, 2017

Extremely brief but poignant and simple: from the heart. I had never known - and didn't suspect either - that he was homosexual (at least he didn't make such a big fuss about it).

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JudithE
Oct 29, 2016

Short and lovely. A book I think I'd like to revisit when my death is closer. Thoughtful, simple. I may order it and add it to my "read to me when I'm dying" bookshelf.

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Riddlereads
Oct 25, 2016

Gratitude is a quick and wonderful read--just a glimpse into Sacks' feelings on coming to terms with his imminent death and his appreciation for a life well-lived.

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nofun7notever
Sep 23, 2016

This wonderful book is an interesting middle ground between emotional and stoic, a glimpse into the mindset of someone that is fully aware of their own pending death and their own ambivalence between fear and acceptance. Oliver Sacks is a terrific writer and this is a perfect ending to an illustrious career as a writer on neuroscience and hallucination. If you like this, read anything else from Sacks, or if you prefer your memoirs slightly more raw, William S Burroughs' final work, Last Words.

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thinkingdoc
Jul 16, 2016

Short, lovely, thought provoking read. Written at the end of his life, these short pieces are full of gratitude for a life fully experienced.

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sneha
Jul 09, 2016

A short, lovely read.

If you aren't familiar with the work of Oliver Sacks, I would recommend that you read one of his books on his neurological patients (like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) before this one.

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kakacurt
Apr 14, 2016

Excellent for Seniors or others who onder their mortality.

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merci4u
Apr 06, 2016

Like a water in the desert, his words opened my heart silently and surely. Life is blessed to everyone, but it depends on each person.

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klmt
Mar 25, 2016

Read 'On The Move' first and then read this very small book of 4 essays remembering that this is the last writing of Oliver Sacks. It is a surprisingly short and very simple read. It reflects a beautiful spirit and a gentleness of age.

ktnv Mar 25, 2016

A small book, a beautiful read, the last writing of Oliver Sacks.
“Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”
― Oliver Sacks, Gratitude

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