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Terminal Illness Memoirs: Background information when reading Waiting for the Monsoon

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Waiting for the Monsoon

by Rod Nordland

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Waiting for the Monsoon by Rod Nordland
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    Mar 2024, 256 pages


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Terminal Illness Memoirs

This article relates to Waiting for the Monsoon

Terminal illness memoir book jacketsRationally, we all know death is coming, but how many truly believe it? Most people only accept the inevitability when forced to by accident or terminal illness. Ironically, such a diagnosis can lend a new lease on life, as it did for Rod Nordland, author of Waiting for the Monsoon. Rereading E.M. Forster's Howards End recently, I came across the line "Death destroys a man, but the idea of death saves him" – maybe the confirmation of mortality is the spur we need to live courageously and with abandon.

"Terminal" doesn't always mean death is imminent, after all. Australian author Clive James published 10 books of poetry and essays between a terminal leukemia diagnosis and his death, while poet Christian Wiman has produced six books in the nearly 20 years he's lived with incurable lymphoma. Below I feature four poignant memoirs written with the knowledge of death … sooner or later.

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