Anatole Broyard, long-time book critic, book review editor, and essayist for the New York Times, wants to be remembered. He will be, with this collection of. 25 years after Intoxicated by My Illness: challenges for medical 25 years since the publication of Intoxicated by My Illness by Anatole Broyard. Intoxicated by My Illness: And Other Writings on Life and Death. Anatole Broyard, Author, Oliver W. Sacks, Foreword by Clarkson N Potter Publishers $18 (0p).

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He essentially admits to this when he says that he has turned to what he understands and what he is best at literature and being a critic, respectively in order to make the un-knowable abyss he faces more palatable, so in the end you cannot fault him for this minor complaint, and instead you must continue to marvel at his remarkable self-awareness. The book is a compilation of his writings during this period and while he was not able to complete his writing before the disease took him, the component pieces hang together pretty well.

May 18, Elizabeth rated it liked it. Broyard writes about the medical experience in a unique and almost exuberant way. He will be, with this collection of irreverent, humorous essays he wrote concerning the ordeals of life and death–many of which were written during the battle with cancer that led to his death in The idea of unanimity, two billion people’s sympathy, is the only commensurate condolence.

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I haven’t read all of this book, but I’ve read two chapters–and it’s very bright, witty, insightful writing. Particularly touching was his reflections on his father’s death in Read more Read less.

The patient has to start by treating his illness not as a disaster, an occasion for depression or panic, but as a narrative, a story.

Furthermore, there are diseases, as there are wounds, that are medicinal and salutary. Sign in to save your search Sign in to your personal account. This book should be read. Want to Read saving…. Create a free personal account to download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts, and more. Write a customer review. Desire itself is a kind of immortality.


Intoxicated by My Illness

Anatole died doing what he did best, commenting on life and his surroundings. It was one of the most painful, passionate, heart-wrenching, but beautifully written descriptions of one Man’s last days.

Sign in to customize your interests Sign in to your personal account. We must, he says, have the most beautiful death we can, telling our own unique story to the end. There should be a special shelf for books you wanted passionately to admire, books that it breaks your heart not to have loved. His challenges, if taken seriously by the medical system, would help the rest of us to do the same.

After his death, Broyard became the center of controversy and discussions related to how he had chosen to live as an adult in New York. But he lives as a writer and we are the wealthier for it. It is an ironical pleasure to finally encounter an author who not writes so beautifully about such life-changing experiences but also a pleasure to encounter feelings rarely expressed anywhere in print.

I used to get restless when people talked about sould, but now I know better. Jan 13, katie rated it really liked it Recommended to katie by: When your soul leaves, the illness rushes in. Create a personal account to register illnese email alerts with links to free full-text articles. Many other people have chronicled their last months.

Intoxicated by My Illness: And Other Writings on Life and Death

Get free access to newly published articles Create a personal account or sign in to: Apr 02, Alba Laracroft rated it it was amazing. Other sections are repetitive and fragmentary. Anatole Broyard was an extraordinary writer with a breadth of knowledge that took your breath away. Not Enabled Word Wise: To give it form and meaning, something I was always aware but unable to articulate with intoxicaetd same clarity.


Register for email annatole with illnexs to free full-text articles Access PDFs of free articles Manage your interests Save searches and receive search alerts. While I lay in the hospital my body riddled with cancer and at the mercy of the routine of chemotherapy I searched high and low for an author like Broyard, for someone who could express what I was unable to articulate. His literary sensibility was ignited, his mind flooded with image and metaphor, and he decided to employ these intuitive gifts to light his way into the darkness of his disease and its treatment.

One of my favorite observations appears in illnes fourth section of the book, excerpts from Broyard’s journal: And Other Writings on Life and Death.

Stories are antibodies against illness and pain. Excuse the short iillness, but am still in awe of this book! I knew the feelings I was experiencing were nothing new, that others had been through similar experiences, but I found few reflections of my experiences and my own approach to the experience beyond the words and works of David Wojnarowicz, Mark Doty, Paul Monette and Jonathan Kivett.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Storytelling seems to be a natural reaction to illness. Broyard said no less, and was surprised to find, at nearly the culmination of a literary life, that he could scarcely turn to literature for comfort or even for reliable information. Nevertheless there was something just very likable about this man. His perspective as a patient makes for invaluable advice on what a patient’s vision of his doctor is and how he would like to be seen by his doctor.

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