Gratitude
  • Gratitude
  • Gratitude
ISBN: 0451492935
EAN13: 9780451492937
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 24, 2015
Pages: 64
Dimensions: 1.11" H x 9.13" L x 6.57" W
Weight: 1.58 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

A meditation on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life, and a moving and inspiring gift for graduation or Father's Day.

My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.
--Oliver Sacks

No writer has succeeded in capturing the medical and human drama of illness as honestly and as eloquently as Oliver Sacks.

During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death.

It is the fate of every human being, Sacks writes, to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.

Together, these four essays form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being and to gratitude for the gift of life.

Oliver Sacks was like no other clinician, or writer. He was drawn to the homes of the sick, the institutions of the most frail and disabled, the company of the unusual and the 'abnormal.' He wanted to see humanity in its many variants and to do so in his own, almost anachronistic way--face to face, over time, away from our burgeoning apparatus of computers and algorithms. And, through his writing, he showed us what he saw.
--Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal

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   Sitting in front of my students as they take a final...
This is a fine, kind book full of reminiscence and clarity that forces self-reflection especially now that I am at the point of retirement and considering the void...
 
5
   Gratitude for Oliver Sacks......
How could I not add to my library Sacks's final reflections? Beautiful, honest, a treasure.
 
4
   Pure Sacks.
4 stars because it is too short! I wanted to publish an article by Barely, but not a book. I wanted to have another in which he dealt with his own illness. It got you there. On this day, sacks is pure sacks.
 
5
   My most barrowed book of 2016
Every person I have hosted has picked up this book while sitting in my living room and found themselves engrossed in seconds, moved in minutes and asked to barrow it for a few days to finish it.
 
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   Yes, this is a compilation of Dr Sacks' writing ...
Yes, this is a compilation of Dr. Sacks'writing during has last weeks on the Earth. And we are blessed to have them bound into a beautiful little book.
 
5
   Read this book. It is wonderful!
This book is intended as a gift to friends who have suffered the loss of a loved one or is involved with hospice.
 
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   Lovely short essays
Poignant short essays at the end of his life. Beautiful reflections on the importance of family and of support.
 
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   Gratitude by Dr.Oliver Sacks
I can count the number of books on which I recall a five star rating on a hand. I do it lighly. In his calm and ever rational self, however, Oliver Sacks would be equally impressed that he felt this rating was approprste. This is a book to prepare your life and savor for the final passing. The opening quote tells it all in the way that only Dr. Oliver Sacks could do. It reads : I am now face to face with dying, but I am not done with living. Here I can say that I enjoyed an afternoon on the marble steps and eating ice cream with Dr. Sacks. I was suffering from a very poorly understood diagnosis on my youngest child. By the time the ice cream was long gone and enjoyed, Dr. Sachs had equipped me with greater understanding than many of my sons - doctors had in those early years. I will never forget this very kind, very intelligent person. Oliver Sacks is a well-restorted Dr.
 
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   a beautiful, brilliant
I read Gratitude as soon as I received it and read it over and over again. It is particularly comforting to someone moving through their later years. In my heart, Oliver Sacks always had a special place... a beautiful, brilliant, tender soul. He 'll be missed.
 
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   "I am now face to face with dying, but I am not finished with living."
Gratitude is a good and worthwhile reflection on life and death, what is meant by living a short but profound life, achieving a sense of peace within oneself. Rather than focusing on the loss as his life came to an end, Sacks reflected on the things that gave his life meaning, including the joys and hopes, griefs and disappointments. Everyone taught him something that gave his journey a meaning. This book is beautifully set, printed and bound, and would make a wonderful gift to those moving on in years to help them reflect on the meaning of their lives. With just four short essays, it can easily be read in a moment of peace at home, in a park, on a beach, during a personal retreat. It is sure to enrich those who pause long enough to read and reflect. And in our time in the USA, when more states are considering Physician-assisted suicide, it can add a new dimension to discussion.
 
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