Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

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I think this is one of the few books that two of us have blogged about. Johanna read it earlier in the year.

Hitchens was a well-known atheist so I was interested in his views on death. The first two chapters are devoted to criticizing Christianity and Christians. I don’t think he was “protesting” too much, but I was surprised how much it was on his mind. Johanna didn’t seem to think the book contained rants against religion. At the end he was concerned he might go insane and convert into a believer. He then writes, “If I convert it’s because it’s better that a believer dies than if an atheist does.”

A book on last days and mortality I enjoyed more is the well-known “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” by Jean-Dominique Bauby.

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