Gratitude
39%
off

Gratitude

4.14 (8,569 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Oliver Sacks died in August 2015 at his home in Greenwich Village, surrounded by his close friends and family. He was 82. He spent his final days doing what he loved: playing the piano, swimming, enjoying smoked salmon - and writing. As Dr Sacks looked back over his long, adventurous life his final thoughts were of gratitude. In a series of remarkable, beautifully written and uplifting meditations, in Gratitude Dr Sacks reflects on and gives thanks for a life well lived, and expresses his thoughts on growing old, facing terminal cancer and reaching the end. I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and travelled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 126 x 182 x 11mm | 159g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprints
  • w. photos
  • 1509822801
  • 9781509822805
  • 3,325

Review quote

Essays that capture the essence of what it means to have lived and to face death well -- Katie Law Four short beautiful essays by the celebrated late neurologist on his feelings as he came toward the end of his life - a slight but poignant read -- Sally Magnusson * Herald *show more

About Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks was born in 1933 in London and was educated at Queen's College, Oxford. He completed his medical training at San Francisco's Mount Zion Hospital and at UCLA before moving to New York, where he soon encountered the patients whom he would write about in his book Awakenings. Dr Sacks spent almost fifty years working as a neurologist and wrote many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations, about the strange neurological predicaments and conditions of his patients. The New York Times referred to him as 'the poet laureate of medicine', and over the years he received many awards, including honours from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire. His memoir, On the Move, was published shortly before his death in August 2015.show more

Review Text

Essays that capture the essence of what it means to have lived and to face death well Katie Lawshow more

Rating details

8,569 ratings
4.14 out of 5 stars
5 42% (3,612)
4 36% (3,100)
3 17% (1,440)
2 3% (293)
1 1% (124)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X