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The End of Your Life Book Club [Kindle Edition]

Will Schwalbe
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'I was so moved by this marvellous book. Schwalbe has done something extraordinary: made a personal journey public in the most engaging, funny and revealing way possible. It is a true meditation on what books can do.' -- Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes 'Will Schwalbe gives us two love stories in one: That of his relationship with his dynamo of a mother as her horizons shrink, and that of their mutual devotion to the printed word, infinitely and insistently engaging. Tender and touching and beautifully done.' -- Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Cleopatra 'A perfect book-club book about books and the community they create that also portrays the love between mother and son.' -- Library Journal 'Will Schwalbe's brave and soulful elegy to his remarkable mother, his recollection of their sparklingly literate conversations, is a timely reminder that one exceptional person, or one exceptional book, can be a torch in the darkness. You'll turn the last page wishing you'd met Mary Anne Schwalbe, vowing to be worthy of her incandescent example - and promising yourself to read more.' -- J. R. Moehringer, author of The Tender Bar 'A wonderful book about wonderful books and mothers and sons and the enduring braid between them. Like the printed volumes it celebrates, this story will stay with you long after the last page.' -- Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays With Morrie and The Time Keeper 'At last a book that celebrates the role books play within our own story. Will Schwalbe has created a tender, moving and honest portrayal of the precious relationship between a mother and son - an ode to that beautiful thing called love.' -- Cecilia Ahern, author of PS, I Love You 'an astonishing, pertinent, and wonderfully welcome work.' -- Publishers Weekly starred review 'An extraordinarily wise, witty, and quietly wrenching book about parental love, filial love, profound grief, and literature's great consolations. How wonderful to encounter a writer who combines erudition with great emotional honesty, and who isn't afraid of addressing life's most profound and baffling questions.' -- Douglas Kennedy, author of Leaving the World and The Pursuit of Happiness 'This touching and insightful memoir about the slow process of dying will appeal to readers of Tuesdays With Morrie and The Last Lecture, but also to people who love delving into books and book discussions. Like Mary Anne, who reads the ending first, you know how this book is going to end, but while it is a story about death, it is mostly a celebration of life and of the way books can enrich it.' -- Booklist (starred review) 'a moving and inspiring story' -- Choice Magazine 'What self-respecting reader isn't a sucker for a great book about other great books? The End of Your Life Book Club is that much and more.' -- BookPage 'a graceful, affecting testament to a mother and a life well lived.' -- Entertainment Weekly 'a tribute to a remarkable woman and an exemplary reader.' -- Salon 'Literature bridges generations in Will Schwalbe's thoughtful tribute to his late mother' -- Vogue.com 'A truly poignant read ... a moving tribute to a wonderful-sounding mum and the power of fiction.' -- Good Housekeeping 'It helps of course if you are a book lover and can relate to the passion for reading, but even prolific readers will find that the book teaches them not only about life and death but about the power of a really good book to move you and peel off the onion skin layers of "what you already know" and reveal truths.' -- Curious Book Fans 'a life-enhancing celebration of the power of books and reading, very much in the vein of Tuesdays with Morrie' -- Independent

Pressestimmen

“Will Schwalbe’s lyrical tribute to a life well-lived and a death graced with love and literature is a precious gift bestowed on all of us. What a unique and beautiful book this is, and how privileged we are to have it.”
—Dr. Sherwin Nuland, author of The Art of Aging and How We Die

“Will Schwalbe’s brave and soulful elegy to his remarkable mother, his recollection of their sparklingly literate conversations, is a timely reminder that one exceptional person, or one exceptional book, can be a torch in the darkness. You’ll turn the last page wishing you’d met Mary Anne Schwalbe, vowing to be worthy of her incandescent example—and promising yourself to read more.”
—J.R. Moehringer, author of The Tender Bar
 
“I was so moved by this marvelous book. Schwalbe has done something extraordinary: made a personal journey public in the most engaging, funny and revealing way possible. It is a true meditation on what books can do.”
—Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes
 
“This book is a passionate, purposeful and elegant guide to human existence. Living life, learning life and loving life. And ultimately, accepting life’s end. Mary Anne and Will have given us an exquisite gift. For a better life, better family and better world, read this moving elegy from a gifted and loving son to an extraordinary mother”
—David Rohde, co-author of A Rope and a Prayer
 
“Will Schwalbe gives us two love stories in one: that of his relationship with his dynamo of a mother as her horizons shrink, and that of their mutual devotion to the printed word, infinitely and insistently engaging.  Tender and touching and beautifully done.”
—Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 478 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 354 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0307739783
  • Verlag: Two Roads (11. Oktober 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B008HTPZZQ
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bewegend und inspirierend 17. Oktober 2012
Von capkirki TOP 500 REZENSENT
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Dieses Buch ist für mich ein kleines Schatzkästchen.
Ich habe weniger als zwei Tage gebraucht, um es zu lesen und habe es mit sehr viel Wehmut zugeklappt.

Will Schwalbes Buch ist eine Hommage an seine Mutter und an die Literatur. Mary Anne Schwalbe - eine wunderbare, starke, sozial engagierte Frau mit viel Witz, Humor und einem unerschütterlichen Glauben an die Menschheit - erkrankt mit 73 Jahren an Bauchspeicheldrüsenkrebs. Die Ärzte geben ihr höchstens noch ein paar Monate, doch Mary kämpft. Mit der Unterstützung ihrer Ärztin und vor allem ihrer Familie feiert sie sogar noch ihren 75 Geburtstag, bevor sie für immer die Augen schließt. Zu ihren vielen Krankenhausterminen begleitet sie oft ihr Sohn, sie warten gemeinsam, sie reden viel miteinander und vor allem lesen sie zusammen. "What are you reading?" wird zu der Frage, die bei jeder Begegnung gestellt wird.

Mutter und Sohn gründen einen "Zwei Mann Buchclub" und lesen gemeinsam alte Kinderbücher, Klassiker, Neuerscheinungen, anspruchsvolles und spannendes. "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" ist genauso dabei wie "Appointment in Samarra", "Death of a Salesman", "Hedda Gabler", "The Kite Runner" oder "Little Women" - sie lesen Dante, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, Grass, den Dalai Lama, Margret Mitchell, C.S. Lewis… Bücher sind immer und überall präsent - und sie reden über das, was sie gelesen haben, was ihnen gefallen hat, was die Charaktere bewegt haben muss und was das für ihr Leben bedeutet.
Diese kleinen Gespräche und die vielen Buchtitel sind wie kleine Schätze, unendlich kostbar für Mutter und Sohn.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Literatur als Lebenshilfe? 19. August 2013
Von Anonymus
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Sicherlich ein gutes Buch. Ich hatte mir jedoch mehr Diskussion der jeweiligen Bücher erhofft. Das kam mir doch ein wenig zu kurz.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Literatur als Lebensmittel = Mittel zum Leben 20. Februar 2013
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Für mich als ehemalige Biliothekarin haben Bücher immer eine zentrale Rolle in meinem Leben gespielt, mir Trost gespendet, mich unterhalten, mich inspiriert. Dieses Buch ist die Quintessenz all dessen. Eine todkranke Frau und ihr Sohn lesen und tauschen sich über das Gelesene aus. Es erleichtert es ihnen, zu den so schwer anzusprechenden persönlichen Themen vorzudringen, wirklich über sich selbst und ihre Beziehung ins Gespräch zu kommen. Obwohl die Mutter am Ende stirbt, ist es kein trauriges, sondern ein ermutigendes Buch, das das Leben und die Literatur feiert.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Beautiful Tribute to an Amazing Mother 28. Juli 2012
Von Tina Says - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This latest Amazon Vine read had me totally engrossed from its very beginning. Will Schwalbe's mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer - Stage IV cancer that originated in the pancreas and metastasized. While juggling chemo treatments she continues to lead an active life, rarely slowing down for the side effects of her treatment. Although the Schwalbe family was always a family of readers, it is the time Will and his mother spend together as she receives treatment that the two talk about books they read in the past as well as titles they agreed to now read together.
This is one of those books that made me want to highlight important points and be sure to make note of some aspects as I read. One of those is that although this book is about the books that Will and his mother read, it is also a memoir of sorts. Will's mother, Mary Ann, was an amazing woman. She worked outside the home before many other mothers did so and was a great fundraiser and humanitarian. Her most recent quest was building a library in Afghanistan. She was well traveled, volunteering in many dangerous locations, not afraid to get her hands dirty. The pride Will feels for his mother is evident, and I was also amazed by this woman's accomplishments.
Although I haven't read more than a few of the books that Schwalbe and his mother read and discuss, that did not detract from the pleasure of reading this book. If anything, it has caused me to add a few more titles to my ever-growing list.
Before you begin reading, it is evident that this will not be a happily ever after ending. Yet, The End of Your Life Book Club is not really a sad story. Will Schwalbe is able to show readers the impact of his mother's life. He was also able to show the real and lasting impact her reading had on her and her children and grandchildren. This is a beautiful tribute to the remarkable Mary Ann Schwalbe.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen WONDERFUL! 24. August 2012
Von Chel Micheline - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I usually avoid sad books like the plague- I'm a fairly sensitive person so I try to read things that won't devastate me and I despise authors that use difficult situations to either "sell" a story of manipulate the reader. However, I'm a huge huge fan of "project" books, and I love reading, so I figured I'd give "The End of Your Life Book Club" a try and stop reading if it got to be too much.

I honestly couldn't put it down- it's a really wonderful book.

The backstory is this: Will Schwalbe's mom, Mary, is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which (as the doctor says) is "treatable but not curable". Will vows to be as supportive to his mom as he can. But Mary isn't your typical middle-aged woman- this is a woman who has been on the frontlines of some of the most volatile areas on the earth, championing human rights, education, and literacy. She's also a sort of buttoned-up and reserved soul, not one to expound much on her feelings or emotions. She faces her illness with sort of a brisk honesty.

Will realizes that the best way he can support his mom, engage her, and open up the lines of communication is to share in one of Mary's passions- books. Will is a editor at a major publishing company, so he's quite a fan of books, as well.

So he and Mary begin sharing books, and every time the two see each other, they discuss the books they read. In the process, Mary begins to reveal more and more about not only her vast experiences, but also her emotions and her fears.

I've read quite a few "book project" books and many of them come across as an giant compiled Cliff's Notes of books that are read. Will Schwalbe handles the descriptions of the books wonderfully- he gives a brief description of the book, but instead of delving into the ins and outs of the books, he discusses *why* the particular book was relevant to both himself and his mom.

So while "The End of Your Life Book Club" is about books, it's really the story of Mary's life, Will's observations of his mother, and also the story of a mother and son sort of recommitting to their relationship through a shared passion.

I wish I could articulate just how wonderful this book is. It's just lovely. Yes, there is some sadness, but it's not "drawn out" or used for narrative kick. It's just honest and pure and the story comes from the heart without being trite or sentimental. I highly recommend it- it's easily one of the best books I've read in a long, long time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Journey of Death and Reading 28. Juli 2012
Von Patricia - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book had me at the title: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Anything about reading books or about dying gets my attention - and this titled combined them! Be forewarned - this book is likely to cost you quite a bit of money. Not because of the price of the book but because you will pick up at least 8 to 10 "can't live without it" titles in it that you will HAVE to buy.

Often books about lists of books disappoint me but this one was definitely worth it. The author works in publishing, media and writing, so he knows books and literature. His mother, whom he adores, is dying of pancreatic cancer. She too was a voracious reader. They always exchanged books but in her illness they form a secret book club of two to discuss what they are reading during the long chemo sessions (he goes to most with her). Rest assured, she is not just some little wimp of a woman with cancer - she has a powerful resume: well educated, a working mother all her married life, was dean of admissions for Harvard and Radcliff, directed a number of exclusive schools and did massive (and I mean massive) humanitarian work. She lived in many places (London, Paris) and travelled the world for her causes: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Africa - lived in dangerous places to do her work. She was part of the founding of the IRC - International Rescue Committee (a favorite charity of mine), was shot at, starved, got all sorts of diseases from her travels but she was a survivor. Her final work was building a library with mobile units in Afghanistan. She travelled all over the US raising money and she worked on this project almost to her dying breath. And she raised a big family. And through all of this she read voraciously. The son, Will, finds it awkward to talk about emotional issues, as does his mother, so they do it through books. And what books - they seem to read everything and then share their insightful and profound discussions with us. She is a powerful, gracious woman and it is touching to watch her fade through the eyes of her broken-hearted son.

This is unbearably painful for him. He is obviously caring and gifted in many ways, and also tortured. He is plagued by insomnia and does much of his reading in the middle of the night - I don't know how he keeps going with so little sleep. And he is anxious about so many things in general, so this tragedy of his mother's illness hits him particularly hard. Fortunately they are both part of a big, warm family and that carries them through the whole way.

If you are a reader, I highly recommend this book - their combined insights are treasures that will keep you reflecting for a long time. Mary Anne Schwalbe was an amazing woman and we are blessed indeed that her son has shared her with us.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Ummm.. 12. März 2013
Von Donna - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Von Amazon bestätigter Kauf
I really wanted to love this book, but....the best I can say is that I finished it. I love books, I read ALL the time, but, Will, if I was in your book club discussing this book, here is what I would say: I had a very difficult time relating to the characters who really seemed preoccupied with their Ivy League educations, their status, their accomplishments, and their "well known friends." For Mary Anne to say to Will, "if you don't like your job, just quit. You are lucky to have the means to do that," tells me a lot about the values of this family.
Yes, I admire Mary Anne's many accomplishments, but why did I get the feeling that Will was somewhat intimidated by his mother? Why did I feel annoyed with her controlling ways over her family and everybody else? Why did I feel shades of martyrdom and passive-aggressiveness in her interactions with her family and others?
Ah, me. So many five star reviews for this book. I ALMOST feel guilty writing this review. But I felt somewhat annoyed the whole way through. Maybe you have to know them to love them, but the author didn't make me love this family, or even like them very much.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen I was deeply touched by Will's writing and believe that readers of this book will be as well 16. Oktober 2012
Von Bookreporter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB is several books in one. It is the memoir of an adult son, and a biography of his aging and terminally ill mother. It is also an unofficial guidebook on how to live well and die well, and a book that celebrates the written word.

The author, Will Schwalbe, grew up in a home where books were loved and appreciated. His mother read bedtime stories to all three children, a different story for each child. Both Mary Anne and her husband were avid readers, and they surrounded their offspring with books. It comes as no surprise, then, that Will spent over 20 years in the publishing industry. As the book begins, Mary Anne has been diagnosed recently with a stubborn form of hepatitis, but her symptoms, which mimic hepatitis, instead turn out to be advanced pancreatic cancer. The family is informed that the cancer is treatable but not curable. In other words, terminal. This unwelcome news is obviously difficult for everyone to absorb. The future quickly becomes a hazy question mark, full of worries and uncertainties, as the Schwalbe family adjusts to their new normal.

Mary Anne begins receiving outpatient chemotherapy at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Now she is spending hours upon hours attached to an IV drip as the toxic chemicals slowly enter her body. The doctors have promised that the chemotherapy will buy her some time, though how much time is uncertain. Will often accompanies Mary Anne to her lengthy and tiresome chemotherapy appointments, and a natural question --- What are you reading? --- becomes a source of poignant conversations between Will and Mary Anne.

Although the coffee and hot chocolate in the vending machine are unappealing, mother and son quickly learn that by selecting the mocha button, the resultant combination of both beverages makes a delicious drink; mocha becomes the beverage of choice for the pair. Soon Mary Anne and Will are swapping books and having lengthy philosophical conversations about recent reads. Mary Anne has a reading quirk. She always reads the ending of a book first because she cannot wait to learn what happens. Will can discuss any book that Mary Anne has not yet read without spoiling the ending because he knows she will read the ending first anyway. Through book discussions, they broach topics that might be too personal or painful otherwise. After reading THE ETIQUETTE OF ILLNESS: What to Say When You Can't Find the Words, by Susan Halpern, Will learns when to ask "How are you feeling?" and when to ask instead "Do you want me to ask you how you're feeling?"

After Mary Anne's diagnosis, her new mantra becomes: Make plans and cancel them. She does some traveling overseas while she is still able and spends hours on the phone and at meetings trying to arrange funding for a library in Kabul. She attends family dinners and continues to visit art museums and go to concerts whenever she can. Always in the back of her mind is the possibility that she might not feel well enough to participate in an event, but her strong will and determination keep her going, amazing and encouraging her family.

Although readers of THE LAST LECTURE may find some similarities to THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB, Will's book provides an in-depth look at a loving family supporting their beloved Mary Anne, a son's deep affection and abiding respect for his mother, and an appreciation for all things literary. I was deeply touched by Will's writing and believe that readers of this book will be as well.

Reviewed by Carole Turner
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