Every Third Thought: On life, death and the endgame

Every Third Thought On life death and the endgame AS READ ON BBC RADIO BOOK OF THE WEEK Thoughtful subtle elegantly clever and oddly joyous Every Third Thought is beautiful Kate Mosse In at the age of forty two Robert McCrum suffered a dr

  • Title: Every Third Thought: On life, death and the endgame
  • Author: Robert McCrum
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  • Page: 173
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  • AS READ ON BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK Thoughtful, subtle, elegantly clever and oddly joyous, Every Third Thought is beautiful Kate Mosse In 1995, at the age of forty two, Robert McCrum suffered a dramatic and near fatal stroke, the subject of his acclaimed memoir My Year Off Ever since that life changing event, McCrum has lived in the shadow of death, unavoidably aAS READ ON BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK Thoughtful, subtle, elegantly clever and oddly joyous, Every Third Thought is beautiful Kate Mosse In 1995, at the age of forty two, Robert McCrum suffered a dramatic and near fatal stroke, the subject of his acclaimed memoir My Year Off Ever since that life changing event, McCrum has lived in the shadow of death, unavoidably aware of his own mortality And now, twenty one years on, he is noticing a change his friends are joining him there Death has become his contemporaries every third thought The question is no longer who am I but how long have I got and what happens next With the words of McCrum s favourite authors as travel companions, Every Third Thought, takes us on a journey through a year and towards death itself As he acknowledges his own and his friends ageing, McCrum confronts an existential question in a world where we have learnt to live well at all costs, can we make peace with what Freud calls the necessity of dying Searching for answers leads him to others for advice and wisdom, and Every Third Thought is populated by the voices of brain surgeons, psychologists, cancer patients, hospice workers, writers and poets.Witty, lucid and provocative, Every Third Thought is an enthralling exploration of what it means to approach the end game , and begin to recognize, perhaps reluctantly, that we are not immortal Deeply personal and yet always universal, this is a book for anyone who finds themselves preoccupied by matters of life and death It is both guide and companion.

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    About "Robert McCrum"

    1. Robert McCrum

      Robert McCrum is an associate editor of the Observer He was born and educated in Cambridge For nearly 20 years he was editor in chief of the publishers Faber Faber He is the co author of The Story of English 1986 , and has written six novels He was the literary editor of the Observer from 1996 to 2008, and has been a regular contributor to the Guardian since 1990

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    1. From BBC radio 4 - Book of the week:How do we approach and accept death?In 1995, at the age of 42, Robert McCrum suffered a dramatic and near-fatal stroke - the subject of his acclaimed memoir My Year Off. Ever since that life-changing event, he has lived in the shadow of death, unavoidably aware of his own mortality. And now, 21 years on, he is noticing a change - his friends are joining him there. Death has become his contemporaries' every third thought. The question is no longer "who am I?" - [...]


    2. Very deep, depressing at times but very thought provoking book about the end of life.Well written and worth reading. I listened to the audiobook and the narration was really good.


    3. This edition probably shouldn't be on here; it specifically says it's "as read on BBC's Radio 4 Book of the Week", which is not actually a book. However, that is precisely the version I experienced, so I'll put my review here. "We're all going to die. Alone. Deal with it." There you have it, a summation of this book. One never knows, with these abridged versions, whether the abridger did any damage in their efforts. This book is getting rave reviews, and the full description mentions "the voices [...]


    4. This is a book you want to read around november time with falling leaves aroudn you and planned visits to graveyards. It is a tad melancholic, a bit pessimistic, but it ends on a beautiful positive note. I can already reveal the summarized 3 TO-DO's of the author after his own ordeal with sickness and loss: TRY TO KEEP FIT - ACCEPT YOUR FATE/INSIGNIFICANCE-LIVE IN THE MOMENT. Thanks to the author who told us in his elegant phrose his own ordeals and walked with us to a set of friends with their [...]


    5. Ever so slightly depressing as the author ponders death and dealing with growing old, but some keen insights into the inevitable here, particularly the focus on the loss of the soul and personality that is Alzheimer's. A genuinely moving book that reiterates the need to enjoy life while you can, keep healthy, love and be loved


    6. Is it really? Is every third thought of yours about life, death and the endgame? Robert McCrum suffered a near fatal stroke at the age of 42. Since then his understanding and feelings on death became quite different. In this book he is on a journey toward making peace, gaining wisdom and advice from others.


    7. Interesting read. Am glad I read it but not the best book out there. This is more of a philosophical musing on ageing (the struggles more than the positives). I enjoyed the soulful links to poetry and music but Atol Gawunde's books, and several others, are much more gripping.


    8. The author's brush with the endgame did nothing other than furnish him with a narcissistic ability to portray his own experiences punctuated with long quotes from other authors. It was well written enough to read to the final page but the nauseating romantic ending left me rolling my eyes.






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