When Breath Becomes Air (Recommended Reads)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is to be fair closer to an upper range – more a 4.5 than a 4. Yet rather than dwell on the star rating (one of the more difficult elements of goodreads) let it not detract from the fact that this book is highly undermentioned in the lists of recommended reads. In fact, I came across it by chance while browsing books of interest, and I ended up very glad I did.
I relate in a very trivial sense – that I too work in healthcare, and also am a fan of reading, writing and the arts. Yet this book is far deeper. This book is about a man who spent his life committed to working at the frontlines of life and death, understanding death, tackling death, consoling the loved ones close to death, and then documenting his own journey towards it. Yet what makes this even more significant, even more powerful, is that Paul was also a great writer as well as a great neurosurgeon.
It isn’t an easy read. Yet given its short length, there really is no reason to give this one a miss. What sort of book can be more life-changing as those where so much of the focus is on death?