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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Other anaotle are repetitive and fragmentary. Be the first to review this item Amazon Bestsellers Rank: And illnesses have put off death for some, who have lived longer for thinking that they were on their way out and dying. It makes me ask myself, how do I stay vibrant enough to really see each sick person that I work with? This book reminded me of anatlle idea in The Parable of the Talents that creating can keep you alive through anything.

I have to say it was very easy anatloe 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 die, one day this could be me etc.

Intoxicated by My Illness

But he lives as a writer and we are the wealthier for it. Get free access to newly published articles Create a personal account or sign in to: Few are as vivid as Broyard, who brilliantly surveys a variety of books on illness and death along the way as he draws us into his writer’s imagination, set free now by what he describes as the deadline of life. Refresh and try again. As I wrote before Broyard’s memoirs are written beautifully but more important they express feelings that had consumed me while living through my own battle with lymphona just a few short years ago.


As a child he had wanted to become a writer. Choose from over top-rated Self-Help, Fitness and Health books on sale to kick start your new year. It’s witty and intoxifated captivating!

I did not learn This book reminded me of the idea in The Parable of the Talents that creating can keep you alive through anything. The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine. Son broyadd escritos y un relato. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Intoxicated by My Illness by Anatole Broyard

His challenges, if taken seriously by the medical system, would help the rest of us to do the same. I see now why the Romantics were so fond of illness-the sick man sees everything as metaphor. Isn’t there some way to turn dying into some kind of celebration, a birthday to end all birthdays? Unabashedly in love with words, Broyard drops language jokes everywhere: And Other Writings on Life and Death. Furthermore, there are diseases, as there are wounds, that are medicinal and salutary.

Anatole Broyard has joined his father but not before leaving behind a legacy rich in wisdom about the written word and the human condition.

Jan 13, katie rated it really liked it Recommended to katie by: I wish I had copies to give away to family and friends, as they need it. Return to Intoxxicated Page.

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Get to Know Us. This is a “good” read, but not stellar. Illness and death interested him deeply. Many other people have chronicled their last months. We must, he says, have the most beautiful death we can, telling our own unique story to the end.

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. Read more Read less. I could not put this book down. No trivia or quizzes yet.


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.

It gave him the reference points, coordinates, metaphors, and attitudes that enabled him to be alive and himself until that was no longer possible. Hates girls and probably poors.

Mathiasen H, Alpert JS. In this phase I’m infatuated with my cancer.

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

Apr 26, Richard Smith rated it it was amazing. However, Broyard’s journal accounts of his desired relationship with his physician are powerful and relevant intoxivated today’s physician-patient relationship.

Oct 19, Amy Haarhoff rated it it was amazing. He offers some fascinating commentary on his own emotional state and the nature of how his doctors addressed or more often didn’t illnesx psychological attributes of treatment and the deadly disease. Sign in to download free article PDFs Sign anqtole to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account.

Near the end of the book, he begins to tell the story of his own father’s death beoyard cancer when he was a young man. 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?

For example, his wish not only for a physician but a metaphysician. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.