Between Life and Death: From Despair to Hope


Dr. Kashyap Patel is a renowned oncologist in the US who works with terminally ill cancer patients. Through him, we meet Harry, who, after a life full of adventure, is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. As he stares death in the face, Harry leans on Dr. Patel, an expert in understanding the process of death and dying. His questions and fears are addressed through the stories of many other patients that Dr. Patel has treated-from the young and vivacious to those who had already lived full lives, from patients who could barely afford their rent to those who had been wildly successful. What ties these stories together is the single thread of the lessons Harry learns along the way, lessons that ultimately enable him to plan his own exit from the world gracefully-dying without fear.


I loved the cover. This is my second read, which has stories of patients’ stories. I found the entire book very enlightening. It is a relatively short read but I took many sittings to complete it. The experience of the author was endearing and illuminated me in plenty of ways. The writing style was very interactive and I was feeling like having an apprising conversation. Death is the primary topic, from desperation to anticipate it and accept it gracefully. The narration was not very engaging, a little work could be done. The role of the doctor as not only a doctor but also a good friend and a spiritual guide was fascinating. The struggles and pain of life which eventually leads to a peaceful death are very helpful. I liked Julie’s story the most. Overall, it was a good read.   

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