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Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir

Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir characters ☆ 7 David Rieff À 7 free read review 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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Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir characters ☆ 7 David Rieff À 7 free read review 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. 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 that Sontag had though there were some similarities the absolute will to live the sheer love of life and existence Rieff knew there was no cure to be found no hope but offered hope since that was what his mother wanted to hear He struggles with the fact that he offered her this untruth at the end but makes peace ultimately with himself and her He explores the guilt the regret one feels with the death of a loved one and Sontag s death is than once contrasted with Simone de Beauvoir s mother s whom she wrote about and I read as well many years ago in A Very Easy Death There is anger at the medical establishment as well Much in this book is valuable to one who must cope as I must with the death of a loved one

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Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir characters ☆ 7 David Rieff À 7 free read review 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

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

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  1. says: [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] EBOOK READ

    review Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] EBOOK READ David Rieff À 7 free read 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

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    [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] EBOOK READ review 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 harrowing experience as serious as cancer as the expression goes And it was And I felt guilty even reading it in a grues

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    [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] EBOOK READ download Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB À David Rieff review 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

  4. says: [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] EBOOK READ download Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB À David Rieff review Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir

    David Rieff À 7 free read [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] EBOOK READ There is nothing easy about reading Rieff’s agonizing account of his mother Susan Sontag's last nine months Swim

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    review Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] EBOOK READ David Rieff À 7 free read 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 exp

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    download Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB À David Rieff David Rieff À 7 free read [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] EBOOK READ 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

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    review Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] EBOOK READ download Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB À David Rieff 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 co

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    review Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] EBOOK READ download Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB À David Rieff I found this book fascinating in a number of ways and impossible and inappropriate to rate I've read a number of memoirs about death by people who are dying but fewer by their caregivers and survivors The author confronts a number of uestions a

  9. says: review Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir David Rieff À 7 free read [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] EBOOK READ

    download Õ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB À David Rieff David Rieff À 7 free read [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] EBOOK READ 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 Genuinely one of the most dejectedly despairingly sad things I’ve ever read at least in part because I

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    [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] EBOOK READ 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 cure and find a doctor who would keep her alive I empathized with the son having a mother li

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