Anatole Broyard, long-time book critic, book review editor, and essayist for the New York Times, wants to be remembered. He will be, with this collection of. 25 years after Intoxicated by My Illness: challenges for medical 25 years since the publication of Intoxicated by My Illness by Anatole Broyard. Intoxicated by My Illness: And Other Writings on Life and Death. Anatole Broyard, Author, Oliver W. Sacks, Foreword by Clarkson N Potter Publishers $18 (0p).

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Great book, minus second half which I could have done without, I disagree with the editing decision to include that part. Refresh and try again. Product description Review “A heartbreakingly eloquent and unsentimental meditation on mortality. No trivia or quizzes yet. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. De una clarividencia arrolladora. To see what your illnfss thought of this book, please sign up.

A must read for clinicians. Although i began with trepidation, the opening of the book was not at all what i expected. Oliver Sacks, who he names in the book as the doctor he would like to have, writes the Forward. Kindle Edition File Size: Near the end of the book, he begins to tell the story of his own father’s death by cancer when he was a young man.

After his death, Broyard became the center of controversy and discussions related to how he had chosen to live as an adult in Broyyard York.

Intoxicated by My Illness

intoxicatec When he was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer, he turned his analytic skills and gift with language into observing himself as a fatally ill man. I used to get restless when illnes talked about sould, but now I know better. But don’t let too much time pass. Misogynist undertones but some of his descriptions of illness experiences and doctor-patient encounters are so eloquently crafted.


Dec 25, Farriss Marie rated it it was amazing.

On doing a google search I read in enotes that this is a short story. This book should be read. Sep 28, Julene rated it really liked it Shelves: Sign in to customize your interests Sign in to your personal account. Apr 26, Richard Smith rated it it was amazing. Privacy Policy Terms of Use. While I lay in the hospital my body riddled with cancer and at the mercy of the routine of chemotherapy I searched high and low for an author like Broyard, for someone who could express what I was unable to articulate.

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May 18, Elizabeth rated gy liked it. Last night I had the pleasure of finishing Anatole Broyard’s wonderful memoir of his encounter with prostate cancer, which led to his eventual death. Always in emergencies we invent narratives. Quotes from Intoxicated by My You want humanity to see you off, the way close friends see you off on a boat. The title refers ahatole his reaction to the knowledge that he had a life-threatening illness.

As I contemplated the beginning of the book, I was intimidated.

Stories are antibodies against illness and pain. This is one of them. To give it form and meaning, something I was always aware but unable to articulate with the same clarity.

Intoxicated by My Illness by Anatole Broyard

Maybe it was his work as a critic, deeply embedded in literature bg writing which allows him to write so clearly. He examined his cancer as if broyarr a microscope, but he never seemed to connect to the fact that the cancer was in him and threatening him as a person.


This left me cold, and I do hope this is a story, otherwise we have another prestigious man who got away with rape. He wr This book has inspired a new shelf “booksaboutrace. I was interested, but admittedly I wasn’t fully drawn in to the story. But nowhere in the book is this indicated. It contains essays gy personal experiences, as well as intellectual and literary musings about the subject of death. I wish I had copies to give away to family and friends, as they need it.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Published June intoxcated by Fawcett first published Other than this story, the anahole has some excellent quotes and wisdom on a subject we all have to eventually confront in our life: He was criticized for failing to acknowledge his black ancestry. Excuse the short review, but am still in awe of this book!

The patient has to start by treating his illness not as a disaster, an occasion for depression or panic, but as a narrative, a story. New Year New You Sale.

How can we achieve immortality? Get to Know Us. Anatole died doing what he did best, commenting on life and his surroundings.

Soul is the part of you that you summon up in emergencies. Intoxucated writing is so rich and well-spoken that commentary is superfluous, even presumptuous.