PDF KINDLE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir]


  • Hardcover
  • 180
  • Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir
  • David Rieff
  • English
  • 10 September 2020
  • 9780743299466

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review µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø David Rieff David Rieff Ø 4 characters Read & Download Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir Try to help someone gravely ill in her fight to go on living and when the time comes to die with dignityRieff offers no easy answers Instead his intensely personal book is a meditation on what it means to confront death in our culture In his most profound work this brilliant writer confronts the blunt feelings of the survivor the guilt the self uestioning the sense of not having done enoughAnd he tries to unde. There is nothing easy about reading Rieff s agonizing account of his mother Susan Sontag s last nine months Swimming in a Sea of Death seems to portray the dark side of Illness as Metaphor I agree with Sontag that as a society we need to be aware of the emotional and psychological conseuences to individuals of using diseases as metaphors but her contention that we must see a disease as just a disease a failure of the body and nothing seems to deny some of the transformative power of individual narratives about disease and dying Rieff repeatedly invokes Joan Didion s line we tell ourselves stories in order to live in relation to his mother s stubborn even delusional insistence despite all evidence to the contrary that medical science would save her life and thus he tells us she finds the will to endure painful and ostensibly futile medical interventions in her struggle to stay alive He seems to have taken Didion too literally I don t think we tell ourselves stories so that we can delude ourselves turning away from reality I think we tell ourselves stories so that we can embrace reality finding ways to synthesize even the most seemingly meaningless events in our lives even death in meaningful ways Ultimately what makes Rieff s memoir so disturbing is its portrayal of suffering devoid of any transformative value for Sontag or for Rieff As a reader you end his book as you began it struggling to stay afloat in his pain and wondering when or how he will strike for shore in search of a way to ground this account in a narrative that allows him to begin to heal

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review µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø David Rieff David Rieff Ø 4 characters Read & Download Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir Rstand what it means to desire so desperately as his mother did to the end of her life to try almost anything in order to go on livingDrawing on his mother's heroic struggle paying tribute to her doctors' ingenuity and faithfulness and determined to tell what happened to them all Swimming in a Sea of Death subtly draws wider lessons that will be of value to others when they find themselves in the same situatio. This book was indeed difficult to read but for those of us who share the author s experience it is a tremendously validating book It is an important book for we who stayed behind with words unsaid For mereading many other reviews is much disturbing than reading the book I amazed how little many of the reviewers got from the book I suppose people read such books for many reasons For myself I am grateful that David Rieff that the courage to write about his experience I ve often wanted to write to him to thank him

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review µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø David Rieff David Rieff Ø 4 characters Read & Download Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir Both a memoir and an investigation Swimming in a Sea of Death is David Rieff's loving tribute to his mother the writer Susan Sontag and her final battle with cancer Rieff's brave passionate and unsparing witness of the last nine months of her life from her initial diagnosis to her death is both an intensely personal portrait of the relationship between a mother and a son and a reflection on what it is like to. Not a very long but powerful book What I liked about the book is that David never strays from the main focus of this book namely her mother s struggle with cancer Even if the this book is not about Susan Sontag s death it would still be a great read as it talks about death dying disease friends passion life As a reader one does not Only think about what David and Sontag go through but also how close anyone can be at any moment to that kind of experience Also reading about Sontag s cancer one is reminded of one s own immortalityOne hostile reviewer on GR commented that the kind of money that was spent on Sontag s treatment could have been instead used to save thousands of babies in Africa Clearly this reviewer has least sympathy for African children but palpable hatred for Sontag Also many found the book badly written I didn t It does what it is supposed to do It matches the visuality that Annie Leibovitz the great photographer captured through Sontag s last pictures In a way such intense engagement with death is a kind of education that makes us realistic about both life and deathI admire Sontag s hunger for life I wonder if her last days and how she responded to cancer and its tough treatment can be added to her CAMP essay It is so CAMP LIKE in the most positive sense


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    PDF KINDLE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] Not a very long but powerful book What I liked about the book is that David never strays from the main focus of this book namely her mother's struggle with cancer Even if the this book is not about Susan Sontag's death it would still be a great read as it talks about death dying disease friends passion life As a

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    review µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø David Rieff David Rieff Ø 4 characters Read & Download Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir The book deals with the death of Rieff’s mother intellectual celebrity Susan Sontag and so I was expecting a h

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    PDF KINDLE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] Read & Download Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir Difficult to decide number of stars on this onea very personal book and one that is hard to rate as a result; it feels as if I should not rate it at all One feels it serves a purpose most of all for the author Sontag's son though of course the reader is served as well I started this book when my Dad was in the last stages of his illness and he died soon after I finished itI can be relieved that he did not suffer the painful end

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    PDF KINDLE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] review µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø David Rieff Read & Download Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir There is nothing easy about reading Rieff’s agonizing account of his mother Susan Sontag's last nine months Swimming in a Sea of Death seems to portray the dark side of Illness as Metaphor I agree with Sontag that as a society we need to be aware of the emotional and psychological conseuences to individuals of using diseases as metaphors but her contention that we must see a disease as just a disease a failure of the body and

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    PDF KINDLE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] David Rieff Ø 4 characters review µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø David Rieff This is another one of those super personal books where I don't feel right giving a rating How am I to rate this man's experience of losing his mother? However it is important to note that this is his personal experience and it was very specific to the author and his mother late author Susan Sontag I was unable to relate as much as I was hoping to

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    review µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø David Rieff PDF KINDLE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] I read this book a day after reading Sontag's Illness as Metaphor something I recommend doing if you have the time Illness as Metaphor is only about 90 pages I found it somewhat sad that Sontag could never accept the idea of death could never firmly believe that she too would die just as all humans do Yes she

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    David Rieff Ø 4 characters review µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø David Rieff PDF KINDLE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] This book was indeed difficult to read but for those of us who share the author's experience it is a tremendously validating book It is an important book for we who stayed behind with words unsaid For mereading many other reviews is much disturbing than reading the book I amazed how little many of the reviewers got from the book I

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    PDF KINDLE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] I found this book fascinating in a number of ways and impossible and inappropriate to rate I've read a number o

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    PDF KINDLE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] If I rate this 5 stars then do I get to never have to think about it again?I agree entirely with another review on here that says “it feels odd to give this book a rating — how am I meant to rate a man grieving his mother?” But it’s a book I’m glad I’ve read and I sincerely hope I never want to return to Genui

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    PDF KINDLE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] I liked this book because I appreciated the way the son was trying to process his mother's death and cope with his reactions to the whole time she was ill His mother Susan Sontag was very opinionated and had a lot of willpower and was really in denial about the fact that she was going to die She kept thinking that she would somehow find a cur

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