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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His literary sensibility was ignited, hy mind flooded with image and metaphor, and he decided to employ these intuitive gifts to light his way into the darkness of his disease and its treatment. Illness and death interested him deeply. Purchase access Subscribe now.

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Intoxicated by My Illness

I am happy to have read this; it has changed my outlook on the matter quite considerably! Apr 05, Judith Hannan rated it it was amazing.

Yet I am a critic, and being critically ill, I thought I might accept the pun and turn it on my condition. Broyard writes about the medical experience in a unique and almost exuberant way.

Three of the six essays are particularly. Broyard said no less, and was surprised to find, at nearly the culmination of a literary life, that he could scarcely turn to literature for comfort or even for reliable information.

Oliver Sacks, who he names in the book as the doctor he would like to have, writes the Forward. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. However, Broyard’s journal accounts of his desired relationship with his physician are powerful and mt to today’s physician-patient relationship.

Perhaps the biggest contribution of this book is Broyard’s advice to physicians. Share your thoughts with other customers. This is a “good” read, but not stellar. When he lost the ability to speak, his anatile was still radiant. My initial experience of illness was a series of disconnected shocks, and my first instinct was to try to bring it illnesd control by turning it into a narrative. Jan 13, katie rated it really liked it Recommended to katie by: I never knew one could write about death and dying in such a way!


This is one of them. Anatole Broyard was an editor, a literary critic, and an essayist for the New York Times for 40 years. anatold

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sign in to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account. I have to say it was very easy to feel like this was just some sort of an experiment on his part and the moments when I actually thought wow, this guy is going to anayole, one day this could be me etc. His wife pulled together his papers to publish this book so it makes me wonder why it was not clarified if it indeed was a short fictional story, it felt too true and the rest of the book is true.

After his death, Broyard became the center of controversy and discussions related to how he had chosen to live as an adult in New York. The title essay is permeated with a unsentimental clarity. He used his writing to rage, in intoxicted words of Dylan Thomas, against the dying of the light.

Intoxicated by My Illness: And Other Writings on Life and Death

He was also the Montaigne of lay medical writers. Be the first to review this item Amazon Bestsellers Rank: Published June 1st by Fawcett first published Read more Read less. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The book is a compilation of his writings during this period and while he was not able to complete his writing before the disease took him, the component pieces hang together pretty well.

One gets the sense from the comments of his friends and his wife that saw emotionalism as an unforgivable writer’s weakness so he attacked his subject with humor and realism. Maybe it was his work as a critic, deeply embedded in literature and writing which allows him to write so clearly. They are held in a gracious setting of his previous writings on death in life and literature, including a fictionalized account of his own father’s dying of cancer.


But he or his family chose to publish what he did write. As the reader you immediately recognize that his father’s death had a lifelong and permanent affect on his own life but more importantly you see in the story the real truth of his own fears and emotions.

To give it form and meaning, something I was always aware but unable to articulate with the same clarity. A book about death and life and style and what it means to be alive when you die.

This left me cold, and I do hope this is a story, otherwise we have another prestigious man who got away with rape. Particularly touching was his reflections on his father’s death in A must read for clinicians.

The story of his father is the son’s story and the only way he can grapple openly with the emotions of his own mortality. His wife, Alexandra Broyard, who collected these writings quotes a family friend, Michael Vincent Miller I could not put this book down.

He essentially admits to this when he says that he has turned to what he understands and what he is best at literature and being a critic, respectively in order to make the un-knowable abyss he faces more palatable, so in the end you cannot fault him for this minor complaint, and instead you must continue to marvel at his remarkable self-awareness.

Create a personal account to register for email alerts with links to free full-text articles. It was interesting and offered unusual insights into the mind of someone caught in the medicinal world of a life and death struggle with cancer.

But nowhere in the book is this indicated. No trivia or quizzes yet.