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    Oliver Sacks(Author)

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Oliver Sacks died in August 2015 at his home in Greenwich Village, surrounded by his close friends and family. He was 82. He spent his final days doing what he loved: playing the piano, swimming, enjoying smoked salmon - and writing.

As Dr Sacks looked back over his long, adventurous life his final thoughts were of gratitude. In a series of remarkable, beautifully written and uplifting meditations, in Gratitude Dr Sacks reflects on and gives thanks for a life well lived, and expresses his thoughts on growing old, facing terminal cancer and reaching the end.

I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and travelled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.

Essays that capture the essence of what it means to have lived and to face death well (Katie Law)Four short beautiful essays by the celebrated late neurologist on his feelings as he came toward the end of his life – a slight but poignant read (Sally Magnusson Herald)

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  • PDF | 64 pages
  • Oliver Sacks(Author)
  • Picador; Reprints edition (19 Nov. 2015)
  • English
  • 2
  • Biography

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  • By Bill Mumford on 6 December 2015

    This is a remarkable little collection of deep, personal, reflective and eloquent essays written by Oliver Sacks in the last two years of his life. Anticipating his 80th birthday, prior to knowing about his diagnosis of a fatal liver cancer, Sacks reflects that he does not think of old age as "an ever grimmer time", rather a freedom to explore and "to bind the thoughts and feelings of a lifetime together". This extraordinary and positive attitude continues when, a year later post diagnosis, he says: "It is up to me to choose how to live out the months that remain to me. I have to live in the richest, deepest, most productive way I can."He concludes: "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and have given something in return; I have read and travelled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world...Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure."The most uplifting book I have read this year.

  • By Leitir on 12 September 2017

    This is a very short book but there is great depth of thought on the concepts of life, gratitude, love, family and friends .Well worth the read.

  • By Maureen Wang on 15 June 2017

    Bought this after I saw it at the library. A very short yet profound bit of writing.

  • By rachel yorke on 2 June 2017

    Anything written by Sacks is brilliant. The best medical writer for the general public ever and a model of a man and physician.A beautiful brief meditation on life and death.

  • By Sue Shepherd on 21 March 2017

    Darling little book with great sentiments from a superb writer who wrote right to the end.

  • By Robin Bradshaw on 1 September 2017

    a very short read. meaningful but over far too early. buy the auto bio instead.

  • By Debbie Young on 26 December 2015

    A beautifully produced collection of poignant, dignified and uplifting essays penned by the late, great Oliver Sacks shortly before his death this autumn. In his characteristically carefully crafted prose, he riffs on the meaning of knowing death lies shortly ahead of him and celebrates his thankfulness for a life well lived. His personal approach to the periodic table, wishing himself the appropriate happy birthday according to whichever element correlates to his years, deserves to become a classic custom, and encapsulates one of the many qualities that is so great about him as a writer: the ability to respond to science in a human, humane and engaging way that draws in even the most hardened sciencephobic. A wonderful way to commemorate the great good he did in his long career, an ideal gift (I bought it for my scientist husband for Christmas), and an ideal introduction to his writing for anyone who hasn't yet been won over by it.

  • By Guy Oliver on 6 January 2016

    A very special book, written by the extraordinary Oliver Sacks, who died earlier this year. A short cycle of essays that is inspiring for one's own personal journey, whether physical or spiritual, through life, and makes one think how our past life has informed the whole, and will inform the end.I took 'Gratitude' with me on a train journey to Sussex, the carriage was empty and I read the essays in peace, it is such a beautifully written book, I felt as if OS was travelling with me, guiding and informing.


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