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What conquers Death?

Death Be Not Proud resonates with me on many different levels. Without going into personal matters, as a teenager, this book quickly became my favorite. It's the personal recount of a father, John Gunther, struggling with his terminally ill son, Johnny, inflicted with a...
Death Be Not Proud resonates with me on many different levels. Without going into personal matters, as a teenager, this book quickly became my favorite. It's the personal recount of a father, John Gunther, struggling with his terminally ill son, Johnny, inflicted with a brain tumor. It's about the unstoppable nature parents posses to save their child, regardless of how silly or inconceivable the strategy might seem. Diets to starve the tumor. Gas to shrink it. It's about searching for answers that no one has. Through this entire ordeal, Johnny, has an unwavering passion for life. While his body suffers the effects of the procedures and the tumor, his mind does not. That is something special I keep referring back to. For Johnny, with an IQ off the charts, letters to Albert Einstein at 16 or 17 years old, and taking on course loads that had never been entertained at his school, his mind was one of his greatest gifts.

As his father points out, it's ironic that the best feature of Johnny was the one that was being attacked. Of course, identifying something as best is all relative. I would suggest his heart was his best feature. I applaud Gunther for writing this tribute to Johnny. With this book, Johnny's memory can now last in the minds of millions, not just the few that had the privilege to actually know this special young man.

posted by Social_Heel on April 17, 2010

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Inspring Struggle to Live

Reading Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther reminded me of the hints of pain I saw my sister go through while her best friend fought against cancer. However, reading this book did not make me feel very emotional at all. Sure, there were points in the book when I felt tou...
Reading Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther reminded me of the hints of pain I saw my sister go through while her best friend fought against cancer. However, reading this book did not make me feel very emotional at all. Sure, there were points in the book when I felt touched by Johnny Gunther's tough pride and perseverance, but his father writes in a very dry style that doesn't convey much drama or emotion. Too often he does not go into much detail and he does not delve into his pain or his ex-wife's pain and instead focuses on the events. It may have been hard to remember his own struggle, but I was hoping for more of a father's memoir of his pain as he watched his son, instead of a chronicled book of events, very much like a history textbook.
However, the inspiring, brilliant story of Johnny Gunther's fight made me think about life. I wondered about fate and destiny and if I have any control over that. Johnny did not know of his terminal condition, and he continued to believe he would return to his normal life after the cancer was eradicated. His love for academics, especially chemistry and physics, was wondrous to read about. His capacity for knowledge, even when his brain was under such stress and dealing with a very large tumor, was amazing. He continued to learn, expand his knowledge, and conduct many laboratory experiments even in the hospital. Johnny's high school graduation was probably the highlight of the memoir. His heroic battle just to walk down the aisle of the church was exciting to imagine.
The novel was a drag to read sometimes because of the bland wording which pushed the reader away from the time of Johnny's illness. However, I would recommend this memoir to anyone, especially children who need to be exposed to some of the darker sides of life. Johnny's inspiring fight will give anyone the courage and will to live.

posted by 4960487 on October 19, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2010

    Inspring Struggle to Live

    Reading Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther reminded me of the hints of pain I saw my sister go through while her best friend fought against cancer. However, reading this book did not make me feel very emotional at all. Sure, there were points in the book when I felt touched by Johnny Gunther's tough pride and perseverance, but his father writes in a very dry style that doesn't convey much drama or emotion. Too often he does not go into much detail and he does not delve into his pain or his ex-wife's pain and instead focuses on the events. It may have been hard to remember his own struggle, but I was hoping for more of a father's memoir of his pain as he watched his son, instead of a chronicled book of events, very much like a history textbook.
    However, the inspiring, brilliant story of Johnny Gunther's fight made me think about life. I wondered about fate and destiny and if I have any control over that. Johnny did not know of his terminal condition, and he continued to believe he would return to his normal life after the cancer was eradicated. His love for academics, especially chemistry and physics, was wondrous to read about. His capacity for knowledge, even when his brain was under such stress and dealing with a very large tumor, was amazing. He continued to learn, expand his knowledge, and conduct many laboratory experiments even in the hospital. Johnny's high school graduation was probably the highlight of the memoir. His heroic battle just to walk down the aisle of the church was exciting to imagine.
    The novel was a drag to read sometimes because of the bland wording which pushed the reader away from the time of Johnny's illness. However, I would recommend this memoir to anyone, especially children who need to be exposed to some of the darker sides of life. Johnny's inspiring fight will give anyone the courage and will to live.

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