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    PDF FREE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] David Rieff î 7 Download 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 w

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    PDF FREE [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

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    Read & download Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir David Rieff î 7 Download PDF FREE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] 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 the idea o

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    PDF FREE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] 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 i

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    PDF FREE [Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir] 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

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David Rieff î 7 Download Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir Review ã 107 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

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David Rieff î 7 Download Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir Review ã 107 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. 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 gruesome death porn way But there is much to think about here gruesome as it is As a reader you have to first get around the fact that the book is poorly written Rieff is a professional writerjournalist with seven books to his credit but his prose was often appalling Clich s we even get to go on an emotional roller coaster ride at one point abound In many cases the cliches are acknowledged as being clich s and then are self consciously employed anyway which if anything makes them even worse The brief uotes from Sontag s journals demonstrate who the real writer in the family was Also the beginning of the tale is cluttered with starchy unreasonable complaints about the medical establishment shaggy dog stories and a certain lack of focus despite the rather simple narration As for the medical establishment shaggy dog story a villain is introduced early on one Dr A feeling as I do about him I prefer not to name him This Dr A is treated particularly harshly right at the start but I kept waiting for the revelation to come that would justify Rieff s emnity the cruel or inept thing Dr A did to add to Sontag s misery or hasten her death And yet nothing ever comes of it All Dr A did was tell Sontag that she was going to die and that there was no feasible treatment for her disease Rieff complains that he was condescending but perhaps Dr A felt that speaking to Sontag as a willful child rather than as a fellow rational giant brain was the only way he could get through to her Sontag was acting like a spoiled willful child so I can t really fault Dr A his approach But of course someone like Susan Sontag does not have to put up with this so she found of course other doctors willing to dice their diagnoses into hard to parse bits of fraudulent hope I suppose seeing Sontag s famous big beautiful piercing eyes across your desk hanging on to every word you say would be uite flattering to many in the upper ranks of New York European medicine Well yes Ms Songtagcall you Susan Okay then Yes Susan there are some experimental treatments being developed in Paris we could try And this brings me to what is perhaps the real story here If you have enough money and in Sontag s case enough cultural clout you can find medical treatment for anything no matter how doomed you are What makes hers a hard case is the fact that Sontag beat really bad breast cancer back in the 70s by undergoing radical experimental treatment It is hard to argue with that kind of success and it was this astonishing recovery I know remission that fuelled her frantic search for a cure for her leukemia some thirty years later And of course doctors were found who were willing to go to any effort to keep her alive And to tell her kind of what she wanted to hear But with this later leukemia from which she later died there came a point where she should have resigned herself to death as Rieff reports as a blistered skeleton a day or two before the end Sontag was still making plans for when she gets out There is courage and foolhardiness hope and bullshitting yourself Rieff to his credit addresses if only fleetingly this uncomfortable fact just how much money did all this cost And how much of a futile burden did this place on the health care system Sontag was a complicated person and I m sure her opinions on just about anything can not be easily nutshelled but would it be safe to assume that her political opinions on health care in the USA might not uite align with the fact that because of her financial and cultural clout she was able to get far far better health care than some poor cancer ruddled 71 year old woman over in the Bronx And if Sontag did hold utopian healthcare ideals the fact is if all the 70 something terminally ill patients on earth got the same treatment Sontag got the whole world would go bankrupt in about a week Sontag wanted to live at all costs and she was able and willing apparently without ever uestioning it to spend a lot in an effort to do so So isn t there an ethical component to any of this Er what would Walter Benjamin do Or Sontag s pal E M Cioran Another surprising revelation in this book was how susceptible Sontag came in her later years to intellectual flakiness of various sorts It seems she had a lot of friends who were Buddhists of some American stripe or otherwise New Agey types They gave her crystals A Buddhist told her she was in some kind of circle of protection This is Susan Sontag the embodiment of the thinker as a product of the radical will or whatever I ve never been smart enough to figure out any intellectual s actual plan this is my own lazy stupid fault and I am not trying to make excuses for my lapse here Not to trash Buddhists but I have to go along with Reiff s take on most of the American kinds Perhaps a good Buddhist can really take in the full reality of human unimportance and still remain compassionate though if the American Buddhists I knew in my twenties are at all representative the creed is often a rationale for existential selfishness than self abnegation in any real sense of the term page 157 but note in this uote the ending phrase in any real sense of the term there is a lot of compositional filler like this throughout the book Of course existential selfishness is an interesting phrase in relation to Sontag s own frantic efforts to stay alive Despite the infelicities and outright gob stoppers of his prose Reiff manages an astonishing degree of emotional tact and nuance He manages to let us know that Susan Sontag was a top shelf pain in the ass and impending death made her no easier to get along with He also lets us know he loved his mother helplessly so the way a son should More importantly he put across a fairly old fashioned idea if only by providing a poor example the idea of a good death Just what does that mean I don t know but I suspect it has something to do with accepting the inevitable making peace with your God or with yourself if you have no God and not clinging to the edge of the pot until the very last minute kicking and screaming It is disappointing to see our cultural and artistic heroes go out with such a lack of grace and I am an admirer of Susan Sontag s especially her essays I liked The Volcano Lover but it was or less a bodice ripper for the New Yorker reader although the older I get the suspicious and weary I get about her radical poses But a writer s got to establish herself I guess But wasn t her shtick to be the uncompromising radical the fearless artistic gadabout who put on a play in besieged Sarajevo a gesture that still baffles me although I respect the courage it took to pull it off So what happened Again is there is such a thing as a good death Was it Samuel Beckett who refused painkillers when he was dying because he wanted to be alert right up to the very end Not that people should be judged on how they dieor should they Or should those who profess great moral courage or spirituality and spiritual resignation be expected to die courageously or at least resignedly While reading this book I kept thinking of George Harrison who spent his last months being jetted all over the world in search of a miracle cure for his terminal cancerthe guy who was always counseling all things must pass and the dangers of the material world But then Harrison had money than God And he no doubt found doctors who were Beatles besotted and would tell George anything he wanted to hear Please just call me George Doctor Celebrity deaths are breathtakingly expensive Harrison s and Sontag s last few months of medical treatment could ve saved 10000 babies in sub Sahara Africa from dysentery But then all of us westerners spend a lot to stave off the inevitable With apologies to Dylan Thomas raging against the dying of the light might not be the best way to go But this being said am I given the opportunity to contemplate my own lingering cancer or cancerlike death I am pretty sure I will go down sniveling shrieking pleading and otherwise making an undignified spectacle of myself And spend spend spend Anything Doc do anything My remarks here are in no way meant to imply that I am not a craven coward I am

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David Rieff î 7 Download Swimming in a Sea of Death A Son's Memoir Review ã 107 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. 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 experience and it was very specific to the author and his mother late author Susan Sontag I was unable to relate as much as I was hoping to

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