Oliver Sacks

Gratitude

“I am now face to face with dying,
But I am not finished with living.”

Part memoir, part reflection at the end of a life fully-lived, in Gratitude, Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks (1933-2015) distills those crucial things that stand apart as he nears the end of his life. In his own inimical, casual and patient way he maneuvers us through issues like breaks and pause, reflections, feeling and the precious things we keep nearby.

Sacks ruminates on friendships, relationships and being loyal to a necessary Sabbath. Most of all Gratitude is a warm extension of a man who, despite a terminal cancer prognosis, finds joy and peace in remembering a life fully-lived.

Many writers and thinkers have gifted us written views from old age, including British novelist Penelope Lively’s thoughtful reflections on memory and Leonard Cohen’s collection of mournful, hopeful poems in his Book of Longing.