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"A beautiful--in both its content and production--and deeply moving testimony and celebration of how to embrace life, and face death with grace and joy, by the beloved Oliver Sacks. Before his death in summer 2015 at the age of 82, Oliver Sacks announced his own coming death from cancer to the public in 4 beautifully written, eloquent pieces he published in The New York Times. The heartfelt response from readers across the world was immediate. Gratitude gathers those pieces together in a beautifully produced, small tribute book that is as inspiring as it is insightful. In July 2013, Oliver Sacks turned eighty and wrote an eloquent 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 continues to enthrall him even as he faces the all-too-close presence of his own death, and how to live out the months that remain in the richest and deepest way possible. It's an impassioned statement about the joy of being a sentient being and the pleasures he continues to find from his intercourse with the world, as well as a meditation that readers of all ages will cherish and re-read for the comfort and wisdom it provides."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, ©2015
ISBN: 9780345811363
Branch Call Number: 616.80092 SAC 2015
Characteristics: xi, 45 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm


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May 04, 2019

Short and beautiful memoir of a man reminicising of his past and accepting death. This is my first time reading a book by Oliver Sacks, but through this 45 page piece I feel like I've known him for much longer.

robertafsmith Jul 23, 2018

Roberta's Pick: Famous for writings such as The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, this small book of meditations by Dr Oliver Sacks is a beautiful read. Just 45 pages long and published just prior to his death at 82 from cancer, the four essays take in the full sweep of his life, his abiding belief in gratitude and his final words of wisdom on the power of retreating from the world as Jewish people do on the Sabbath. Pull back, eat with family and friends, let the world go its wild and woolly way all on its own for just twenty four little hours.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Apr 14, 2016

Excellent for Seniors or others who onder their mortality.

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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