The Thing About Life is That One Day You'll Be Dead

by David Shields

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | February 5, 2008 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

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Mesmerized and somewhat unnerved by his 97-year-old father's vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an original investigation of our flesh-and-blood existence, our mortal being.Weaving together personal anecdote, biological fact, philosophical doubt, cultural criticism, and the wisdom of an eclectic range of writers and thinkers—from Lucretius to Woody Allen—Shields expertly renders both a hilarious family portrait and a truly resonant meditation on mortality.The Thing About Life provokes us to contemplate the brevity and radiance of our own sojourn on earth and challenges us to rearrange our thinking in crucial and unexpected ways.


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Published: February 5, 2008

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0307268497

ISBN - 13: 9780307268495

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Are you ready to think about death? This book is unconventional. David Shields wrote of his experience as a mortal in the progression of life; human limitations and physical weaknesses. He told us stories about his (living) father, and the admiration and despise he had for the old man’s vitality and recklessness. Surprisingly, for many of the passages, you would find nothing but pileups of science or social tidbits and anecdotes chained together, working as explicit description of human life solely as a process of assimilation and degeneration of biological materials. “The Thing About Life” forces you to face death head on. To talk about death may be grim, but to be exposed to blunt depiction of human mortality could be more than brutal. Definitely not for the weak hearted. This book did stunt me a fair bit, and led me back into serious thoughts. But I think it is good to be reminded that all human lives will one day end, so we can have the courage to treasure life when we are living and make the best out of this journey to make positive differences.
Date published: 2009-03-17

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The Thing About Life is That One Day You'll Be Dead

by David Shields

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: February 5, 2008

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307268497

ISBN - 13: 9780307268495

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Mesmerized and somewhat unnerved by his 97-year-old father's vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an original investigation of our flesh-and-blood existence, our mortal being.Weaving together personal anecdote, biological fact, philosophical doubt, cultural criticism, and the wisdom of an eclectic range of writers and thinkers—from Lucretius to Woody Allen—Shields expertly renders both a hilarious family portrait and a truly resonant meditation on mortality.The Thing About Life provokes us to contemplate the brevity and radiance of our own sojourn on earth and challenges us to rearrange our thinking in crucial and unexpected ways.


From the Trade Paperback edition.