When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5/5 stars!

Page Count: 208

Publication Date: January 12, 2016

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2017


I am not sure what I expected when I started this book but what I got what a deeply philosophical, personal and emotional look into the mind of a brilliant person examining his own impending mortality. Although Paul writes about his life, you never really get to know who he was as a person in his day-to-day life outside of work. In a sense we hear his deep thoughts but not his everyday thoughts. Paul’s wife Lucy explains in the Epilogue that the book was both unfinished, and not meant to talk about Paul’s whole life or entire person.

Taking the book for what it is, I can’t help but to admire Paul. He was a deep thinker, constantly chasing knowledge and understanding. He cared deeply for his patients and his profession. And throughout his illness, he kept striving to do what he loved and achieve his goals: finishing his fellowship, having a child, and becoming a writer.

This book made me not only appreciate my time on this earth but also understand that everyone is just like Paul. We are all going to die. It’s a fact that none of us can change. Whether we have 80 years left or only 2 years like Paul had, we need to start pursuing our dreams everyday, doing what makes us happy and fulfilled. Because if we keep pushing things off until we “have time,” that time may never come.

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