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Overall, what did you think of The End of Your Life Book Club?

Created: 06/18/12

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Posted Mar. 13, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
sandrah

Join Date: 07/18/11

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RE: Overall, what did you think of The End of Your Life Book Club?

I have mixed feelings about this book. That Will Schwable and
his mother had a very special relationship becomes obvious and I applaud it. However, that relationship and their ability to meet whenever his mother had treatments as well as the time each had to read was not an experience that most of us could have. Will's mother had money, a prestigious university position and was able to support causes by speaking and traveling to other countries. Her life and experiences make for fascinating reading but I simply could not connect to her and that kind of life. And Will's ability to start a new business yet take all the time to be with her struck me as unreal. I simply could not relate to their experience.

Having said that, I felt the love each had for the other. How wonderful it would be if all of us with a family member we care deeply about could bond without worrying about money or find the time to be together without being pulled by other obligations that have to be dealt with.


"The reader lives a 1000 lives before he dies. The [person] who never reads lives only one."
George R.R. Martin.
Posted Mar. 16, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
dorothyt

Join Date: 04/10/11

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RE: Overall, what did you think of The End of Your Life Book Club?

I can't help feeling that sandrah missed the point of this book. While it's true that not everybody has the luxury of time and financial freedom to indulge their interests or relationships, the fact is that Will and his mother had those, and were able to spend time reading and sharing books. The idea is, at least for me, that they cherished what they were able to do, and Will wanted to share it with his readers, for our enjoyment or edification and as a tribute to his mother. I am sorry if sandrah's inability to connect with Mary Ann caused her to miss out on the joy of reading and discovering new books.


Posted Mar. 16, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
sandrah

Join Date: 07/18/11

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RE: Overall, what did you think of The End of Your Life Book Club?

I thought my second paragraph clearly indicated that I understood the wonderful relationship Will and his mother had. I don't resent their ability to share that love.


"The reader lives a 1000 lives before he dies. The [person] who never reads lives only one."
George R.R. Martin.
Posted Mar. 16, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
dorothyt

Join Date: 04/10/11

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RE: Overall, what did you think of The End of Your Life Book Club?

sandrah: I'm sorry that I misinterpreted your words. I think there is a drawback to online discussions--once you write something it's there, and no tone of voice or inflection tempers our words.


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