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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Sign in to download free article PDFs Sign in to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account. However, Broyard’s journal accounts of his desired relationship with his physician are powerful and relevant to today’s physician-patient relationship.

As a child he had wanted to become a writer. He got his diagnosis, cancer of the prostrate, in August and died in October Lists with This Book. Apr 05, Judith Hannan rated it it was amazing. He was criticized for failing to acknowledge his black ancestry.

This is a “good” read, but not stellar. He privileges the power of narrative to help contain contagion and disease. Create a free personal account to download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts, customize your interests, and more. Maybe it was his work as a critic, deeply embedded in literature and writing which allows him to write so clearly.

Intoxiczted 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. 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. Choose from over top-rated Self-Help, Fitness and Health books on sale to kick anato,e your new year.

Create a broyaed personal account to make a comment, download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts and more. A must read for clinicians. It contains essays about personal experiences, as well as intellectual and literary musings about the subject of death.


Particularly touching was his reflections on his father’s death in Sep 28, Julene rated it really liked it Shelves: A memoir by ym 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 ollness a young adult.

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. When he lost the ability to speak, his smile was still radiant. He wr This book has inspired a new shelf “booksaboutrace. Sign in to make a comment Sign in bdoyard your personal account. The title essay is permeated with a unsentimental clarity.

Enabled Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 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?

Purchase access Subscribe to the journal. This is one of them.

This was a brilliant, brilliant book. Intoxciated don’t let too much time pass. But he or his family chose to publish what he did write.

One of my favorite observations appears in the fourth section of the book, excerpts from Broyard’s journal: How can we achieve immortality? It is a quick, beautifully written, sad but often marvelously amusing account of a man’s experience with prostate cancer.

And yes, he was alive, as he had hoped, when he died.

And Other Writings on Life and Death. I am a critic, intooxicated being critically ill, I thought I might accept the pun and turn it on my condition.

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

Jan 13, katie rated it really liked it Recommended to katie by: He will be, with this collection of irreverent, humorous essays he wrote concerning the ordeals of life and illneess of which were written during the battle with cancer that led to his death in It may not be dying we fear so much, but the diminishment of self.

Inhe wrote a moving personal account of his father’s last illness and death, “What the Cystoscope Said.

Sign in to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account. However, this changed in one of the longer essays in the book, in which Broyard writes about his father’s death.


It was one of the most painful, passionate, heart-wrenching, but beautifully written descriptions of one Man’s last days. intoxicatde

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After his death, Broyard became the center of controversy and discussions related to how he had chosen to live as an adult in Intoxicatd York. In Broyard’s initially disconnected ramblings he openly rejected sentimentalism as irrelevant to the story of his disease. 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.

Nevertheless there was something just very likable about this man. Shocking, no-holds-barred and utterly exquisite. Every doctor and medical student should read it–but there’s probably only one doctor who could make his grade: Aug 16, Diana rated it liked it.

Intoxicated by My Illness by Anatole Broyard

The end is a painful read so if you are not prepared to grapple with life and death issues, iillness it for another day. The author asks those who care anqtole him in illness and in death, do you understand the significance of who I am in my illness? Becker, by becoming so insistently and inimitably ourselves, or by producing something so indelibly our broyqrd, that we may be said, as a poet put it, to have added forever to the sum of reality.

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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