The Magical Realism of Life of Pi

The Magical Realism of Life of Pi
Review by Margie Taylor

Friday, February 20, 2015

Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer


As I think of the recent death of Anna McColl, these words from Oliver Sacks,  printed yesterday in the New York Times, resonate with me. 

"I have been increasingly conscious, for the last 10 years or so, of deaths among my contemporaries. My generation is on the way out, and each death I have felt as an abruption, a tearing away of part of myself. There will be no one like us when we are gone, but then there is no one like anyone else, ever. When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death."  

Oliver Sacks, a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, is the author of many books, including “Awakenings” and “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.”


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