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39 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

I was ecstatic when I went to the bookstore this morning and saw

I was ecstatic when I went to the bookstore this morning and saw that Barnes and Noble had Mortality all laid out for my arrival, even though the 'official' publication date is tomorrow. I bought it without a second thought and dove right in to the articles chronicling ...
I was ecstatic when I went to the bookstore this morning and saw that Barnes and Noble had Mortality all laid out for my arrival, even though the 'official' publication date is tomorrow. I bought it without a second thought and dove right in to the articles chronicling Hitchens's bout of esophageal cancer, which led to his death last December.

The book is, admittedly, short because of the untimely demise of its brilliant author, but that does not in any way detract from its own brilliance. Hitchens writes with his typical blend of clarity, charm, and, even in the face of death, dry humor. This is different from earlier works of his because of how intensely personal the work becomes as he discusses the ups and the downs of his "year of living dyingly".

As if that wasn't enough, the Foreword by Graydon Carter and the Afterword by Carol Blue (Hitchens's wife at the time of his passing) are both moving and heartwarming pieces of work in and of themselves that show Christopher as seen by those that knew -- and loved -- him best.

If you, like Carter and Blue, loved Hitchens or hated him, supported his stand against organized religion and tyranny the world over or were one of the many who despised him, you owe it to yourself to spend the $15-20 and read this final work. It is, to my mind, one of the greatest swan songs ever created -- even if the composer had to leave before the masterpiece could be completed.

That was always the beauty of Hitchens, though; no matter how much he gave in his writing, his speeches, or what have you, you were always left wanting a little more. It seems almost fitting that, even at the end, all you can do is want a little more.

posted by Austin_Zook on September 4, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

A life well led, an outlook courageous and admirable, intelligen

A life well led, an outlook courageous and admirable, intelligence of the highest order. Unless he got it wrong about God, in which case CH's life was worse than wasted, his outlook puerile, and his pride in his own intelligence unwarranted in the extreme. To me it's ...
A life well led, an outlook courageous and admirable, intelligence of the highest order. Unless he got it wrong about God, in which case CH's life was worse than wasted, his outlook puerile, and his pride in his own intelligence unwarranted in the extreme. To me it's looking more and more like his views on God were no more intelligent than his views on smoking and drinking.

posted by 11331850 on September 22, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Not one off my favorites

    I did not find this book interesting. Found myself wanting to skip over pages. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 9, 2012

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