When Breath Becomes Air (2016), by Paul Kalanithi (1977-2015), Foreword by Abraham Verghese.
After Being Mortal, I planed to read this book. The day could not have been any prettier: a huge sun and goldenest foliage. I lingered in the park long after my tennis, and almost finished the entire book – only about 5 hours long. The pores, the story and the narrator (John Rafter Lee) are all first class. It’s a total package.
I remembered him from a New York Times piece he wrote, How Long Have I Got Left? in 2014, shortly before his predicted but untimely death. I think he was still in his last stretch of long neurological surgery residency at Stanford University. A touching story, of a talented young man and, probably a successful neurological surgeon should he lived.
What makes life meaningful to go on living?
By the way, when I ordered it for a friend in Frankfurt, Germany as Christmas gift, did I realize that it garnered 13,692 ratings on Amazon.De site, two thousand less than Amazon.com’s 15,597.