Intoxicated by My Illness

Intoxicated by My Illness

Anatole Broyard Alexandra Broyard / Feb 17, 2020
Intoxicated by My Illness Succeeds brilliantly He lives as a writer and we are the wealthier for it THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLDAnatyole Broyad long time book critic book review editor and essayist for THE NEW YORK TIMES
  • Title: Intoxicated by My Illness
  • Author: Anatole Broyard Alexandra Broyard
  • ISBN: 9780449908341
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • Succeeds brilliantly.He lives as a writer and we are the wealthier for it THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLDAnatyole Broyad, 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 irreverent, humorous essays he wrote concerning the ordeals of life and death many of which were written duri Succeeds brilliantly.He lives as a writer and we are the wealthier for it THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLDAnatyole Broyad, 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 irreverent, humorous essays he wrote concerning the ordeals of life and death many of which were written during the battle with cancer that led to his death in 1990 A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
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      • Anatole Broyard Alexandra Broyard

        Anatole Paul Broyard was an American writer, literary critic and editor for The New York Times In addition to his many reviews and columns, he published short stories, essays and two books during his lifetime His autobiographical works, Intoxicated by My Illness 1992 and Kafka Was the Rage A Greenwich Village Memoir 1993 , were published after his death.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 He was criticized for failing to acknowledge his black ancestry.


    1. I was happy to finally collect Broyard s book on his encounter with prostate cancer, a cancer that eventually robbed him of his life and discovered an author who expresses some of the anguish, pain and peculiar emotions that come with life threatening illnesses It is odd but for so long I searched for a voice like this 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 e [...]

    2. Inteligente y brillante Es muy breve y se lee de un tir n A partir de la tercera parte empiezan lo bueno La reflexi n sobre los m dicos que deber an leer poes a me parece preciosa La historia del padre tremenda Gracias, Anatole.

    3. There should be a special shelf for books you wanted passionately to admire, books that it breaks your heart not to have loved This is one of them Anatole Broyard was an extraordinary writer with a breadth of knowledge that took your breath away I thought I hoped he d have something amazing to say about his experience of dealing with cancer What he winds up saying in this book deserves our respect if only because he skillfully avoids every clich , platitude, and bromide about dying all the ones [...]

    4. The first half of this book left me bemused Although Broyard was certainly talking about his illness and thinking about it, he seemed to be surveying it from an outside perspective, wandering around it, giving it a little poke here and there, and then meticulously recording what happened He examined his cancer as if under a microscope, but he never seemed to connect to the fact that the cancer was in him and threatening him as a person.However, this changed in one of the longer essays in the boo [...]

    5. Anatole Broyard was a literary critic and editor of the New York Times Book Review 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.One of my favorite observations appears in the fourth section of the book, excerpts from Broyard s journal I want an untamed, beautiful death So I think we should have a competition in dying, sort of like Halloween costumes Isn t there some way to turn dying into s [...]

    6. This book reminded me of the idea in The Parable of the Talents that creating can keep you alive through anything The world of modern medicine is a machine, and people die in that machine The author asks those who care for him in illness and in death, do you understand the significance of who I am in my illness Is this moment lost on you Because if it, that seems a violation It makes me ask myself, how do I stay vibrant enough to really see each sick person that I work with I did not learn that [...]

    7. I haven t read all of this book, but I ve read two chapters and it s very bright, witty, insightful writing The chapter on what he wants from his doctor is wonderful Every doctor and medical student should read it but there s probably only one doctor who could make his grade Oliver Sachs, who write the foreword to the book.

    8. En la traducci n espa ola, el t tulo es Ebrio de enfermedad Se trata de un libro incre ble, formado por varios escritos en los que su autor narra la enfermedad que le robar a la vida Lo bueno del libro es que est ausente todo patetismo y solo se ve inteligencia, brillantez e iron a Una maravilla.

    9. Anatole Broyard imaginaba c mo ser a tener un m dico como Ch jov o como Rebelais Para l, la enfermedad terminal, que en su caso fue un c ncer de pr stata, era tan po tica como mec nica Reprobaba el proceso mecanicista y desinteresado de la medicina, que no mostraba preocupaci n alguna en el sentimiento po tico que guarda la enfermedad Pues, en tanto que el m dico engolfado en el discurso t cnico, mec nico, es capaz de diagnosticar el malestar del cuerpo, no es capaz de diagnosticar la verdadera [...]

    10. Misogynist undertones but some of his descriptions of illness experiences and doctor patient encounters are so eloquently crafted.

    11. A Anatole Broyard le llev toda una vida morirse Aconteci a los 70 a os, por culpa de un c ncer de pr stata Anatole Broyard afamado cr tico literario, al saber que no hay nada que oponer a la muerte, m s all de la ira y la frustraci n por tener que dejar este mundo, opta por defenderse con las espadas del escritor, esto es, escribiendo De esta manera, decide que los meses que le queden sean materia prima para escribir un libro autobiogr fico, toda vez que tras haber examinado con lupa todos esos [...]

    12. As I contemplated the beginning of the book, I was intimidated Musings on life and death from an acclaimed book critic written during his ultimately unsuccessful battle with cancer would it be morbid, depressing, unapproachably emotional Although i began with trepidation, the opening of the book was not at all what i expected In Broyard s initially disconnected ramblings he openly rejected sentimentalism as irrelevant to the story of his disease One gets the sense from the comments of his friend [...]

    13. Inside every patient there s a poet trying to get out To be sure, Anatole Broyard was no shrinking violet When diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 1989 he did not go gentle into that good night, cowed by fear and anger, but rose up and fought to be heard as he struggled to come to terms with the end of his life Intoxicated by My Illness is the result of that fight, a stunningly eloquent and well reasoned treatise about how to die, how to treat the dying, and, indirectly, how to live Broya [...]

    14. El libro, publicado por primera vez en 1991, tiene el t tulo arriba indicado por ser ste el primero de los escritos que sobre la enfermedad y sus consecuencias contiene este breve volumen de tan s lo 180 p ginas Son 5 escritos y un relato De los escritos, reflexiones personales y literarias suscitadas al enfermo Anatole a raiz de su afecci n, el que da t tulo al volumen habla de las distintas reacciones acaecidas en en el enfermo a raiz de la manifestaci n y diagn stico de su enfermedad sorpresa [...]

    15. A beautiful sad memoir from the pen of a perfect writer I could not put this book down The title essay is permeated with a unsentimental clarity Unabashedly in love with words, Broyard drops language jokes everywhere I understood that living itself had a deadline He enjoys the irony of being a critic with a critical illness.In Toward a Literature of Illness, he praises novelists who have tackled the topic first among them Thomas Mann a favorite of mine and Malcolm Lowry but only Oliver Sacks get [...]

    16. A veces pienso que el silencio puede matarnos, como en esa terrible escena, al final de El proceso , de Kafka, en la que Joseph K muere sin decir palabra, como un perro En La metamorfosis , relato que hoy est alojado en el inconsciente de todos, Gregor Samsa muere como un insecto Morir es dejar de ser humanos, deshumanizarse, y a mi entender el lenguaje, el habla, los relatos o narraciones son las formas m s eficaces de mantener viva nuestra condici n humana Guardar silencio es, de forma literal [...]

    17. This book has inspired a new shelf booksaboutrace However, this isn t really a book about race It s just notable because it s by a Times critic who kind of pretended to be white his whole life even though he came from a family who considered themselves black.This guy has a great prose style There is not a lot of structure to the book, just some notes and essays with his contemplating his cancer and also going over some books about death and illness and assessing them Very quick read He writes a [...]

    18. Much of this book was taken from Broyard s past essays personal journals after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1989 Perhaps the biggest contribution of this book is Broyard s advice to physicians His perspective as a patient makes for invaluable advice on what a patient s vision of his doctor is and how he would like to be seen by his doctor For example, his wish not only for a physician but a metaphysician Particularly touching was his reflections on his father s death in 1948 This is a [...]

    19. Ebrio de enfermedad es una expresi n explosiva acerca de la enfermedad terminal, una autobiograf a que narra no los sufrimientos del paciente, sino el desarrollo edificante de una psicolog a que se niega a estar enferma y que pide entendimiento antes que condescendencia en suma, una comprensi n po tica de la enfermedad y de la muerte No en vano Broyard dice que me parece que los m dicos podr an estudiar poes a para entender estas disociaciones, estos transtornos, y de ese modo abarcar an m s amp [...]

    20. Brilliant and poignant A book about death and life and style and what it means to be alive when you die Anatole s long love affair with books and writing had served him well As a child he had wanted to become a writer It gave him the reference points, coordinates, metaphors, and attitudes that enabled him to be alive and himself until that was no longer possible When he lost the ability to speak, his smile was still radiant Anatole died doing what he did best, commenting on life and his surround [...]

    21. from What the Cystoscope Said Don t leave me alone, he whispered, I m afraid I put my hand on his You re not alone, Pop, I said, I m here His eyes went far away I wish I had a hundred of my children here, and their children, he said, I don t want to be alone You want everybody on earth to stop what they re doing and come to say good bye personally to you You want humanity to see you off, the way close friends see you off on a boat The idea of unanimity, two billion people s sympathy, is the only [...]

    22. Giving this 4.5 starsI got this from my Humanistic Medicine professor for writing a apparently good essay and participating in the class discussions Thank you This was a brilliant, brilliant book.I never knew one could write about death and dying in such a way It s witty and immensely captivating I am happy to have read this it has changed my outlook on the matter quite considerably Excuse the short review, but am still in awe of this book

    23. Broyard writes about the medical experience in a unique and almost exuberant way His idea that illness can give you a sense of freedom is evident on many pages of this short book, a collection of essays and journal entries Broyard reflects on his own diagnosis of prostate cancer but also tells the story of his father s own death There are no cliches in this book and many wonderful quotes, particularly that, Stories are antibodies against illness and pain.

    24. A memoir by now deceased NY Times Book Review critic Broyard about his struggles with his diagnosis of metastatic bone cancer, and also about dealing with his father s protracted illness and death as a young adult It contains essays about personal experiences, as well as intellectual and literary musings about the subject of death It is an uneven book some parts were lovely, other parts I found myself bored with.

    25. I generally don t think about how I was a gender studies major in college except when reading books like this where I m trying VERY HARD to really get into it and then I start SEEING HOW HE HATES WOMEN and I really and truly am TRYING to enjoy it but then i can t STOP seeing the misogyny and then I am still TRYING but all that happens is I pull out Jesus fuckin fuck, what the fuck is this guy s fucking problem with women Good book Hates girls and probably poors That s it.

    26. Read this in tandem with Becker s Denial of Death A quick read, thoughtful and forthcoming about what happens when you re up against it, when you find yourself immersed in the death throes, when gathering information, and therapies, and the whole process of managing and confronting disease becomes all consuming.For those looking to understand how folks with terminal illness undergo challenges and change.

    27. I read this book for an Independent Study I was doing for my graduate degree, but I loved it It was rich with detail and full of life even though it was written by someone who had terminal prostate cancer There wasn t an once of self pity or woe is me Instead it was full of life, quite literally, witty, sensitive, and raw I recommend it to anyone if you just want to read a book that is written well.

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