On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his best-selling 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 18 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.
©2012 Christopher Hitchens (P)2012 Hachette Audio
This collections of essays is a must for anyone interested in Hitchens. His humanity is on full display as he shares his thoughts, wishes, and fears during his last days.
I was intrigued by what Hitch might have to say on Mortality specifically, but this was more of a collection of essays on his struggles with treatment rather than a cohesive thesis on mortality itself.
Who is John Galt?
I suppose I would listen to a different Hitchens book, but this was my first. I don't know anything about him, and I don't think this was the place to start
I'm going back to Thomas Sowell books
Simon is good, I like the way he narrated the book.
I would have prefered to know of his political beliefs, stories of his life, not death, and I don't care that he was an athiest. When I say I don't care that he was an athiest, I mean I literally don't care or want to hear about it.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone unless they were a serious Hitchens fan.
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