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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Space Between Life and Death", 25 April 2012
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Aged 28, Antole Broyard witnessed his father's slow, painful death from cancer. His powerful account of this shocking and harrowing experience is given with profound sensitivity. Apparently the experience influenced his future work as a literary critic and essayist. The writings in this book reflect his fascinatiion with the subject of life, illness and death.
Faced with his own diagnosis of prostate cancer, aged 69, he felt energised with a new personal ability to tackle the subject which had occupied his thoughts over the years. His work is devoid of shallow sentimentality, self pity or of the restraints of conventionality. He is opinionated, shrewd and provacative. His dry humour and independence of spirit give a vibrancy to this collections of his writings.
His wife in an epilogue writes, "he was alive, as he had hoped when he died."
A forthright and thought-provoking book.
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