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  • ISBN: 1847080758
  • Author: rieff-david
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Granta (2009)
  • ePUB size: 1764 kb
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David Rieff, a non-fiction writer and policy analyst, is the only son of Susan Sontag. Swimming in a Sea of Death is Rieff's memoir about the last year of his mother's life and her 30+ year battle with cancer.

David Rieff, a non-fiction writer and policy analyst, is the only son of Susan Sontag. Rieff's book, while divided into chapters, is more like a monologue of his various thoughts on life and death, and what it means to be a caretaker for the sick and ultimately, the one who is left behind. Desipte the fact that this book is quite short, I found it incredibly repetitive - David Rieff, a non-fiction writer and policy analyst, is the only son of Susan Sontag

David Rieff is the author of eight previous books, including Swimming in a Sea of Death, At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention; A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis.

David Rieff is the author of eight previous books, including Swimming in a Sea of Death, At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention; A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis; and Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West. He lives in New York City.

It is perhaps surprising that Rieff objects violently to the frank and controversial photographs that Annie Leibovitz took of his mother as she was dying. Rieff himself seems to have made a compromise with the business of intimate revelation; in his indirection one feels the tastefulness, the reserve of the reluctant or ambivalent memoirist. His images of his mother are vague, a figure weeping in another room; if they were sketches, they would be rendered in a charcoal smudge.

Soon she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Both a memoir and an investigation, Swimming in a Sea of Death is David Rieff's loving tribute to his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, and her final battle with cancer. Rieff's brave, passionate, and unsparing witness of the last nine months of her life, from her initial diagnosis to her death, is both an intensely personal portrait of the relationship between a mother and a son, and a reflection on what it is like to try to help someone gravely ill in her fight to go on living and, when the time. comes, to die with dignity. Rieff offers no easy answers.

David Rieff (/ˈriːf/; born September 28, 1952, Boston) is an American non-fiction writer and policy analyst. His books have focused on issues of immigration, international conflict, and humanitarianism. Rieff is the only child of Susan Sontag, who was 19 years old when he was born. His father, whom Sontag divorced, was Philip Rieff, author of Freud: The Mind of the Moralist

Автор: Rieff David Название: Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son& Memoir Издательство .

Rieff offers no easy answers. In his most profound work, this brilliant writer confronts the blunt feelings of the survivor - the guilt, the self-questioning, the sense of not having done enough.

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Both a memoir and an investigation, Swimming in a Sea of Death is David Rieff's loving tribute to his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, and her final battle with cancer

Both a memoir and an investigation, Swimming in a Sea of Death is David Rieff's loving tribute to his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, and her final battle with cancer.

Both a memoir and an investigation, Swimming in a Sea of Death is David Rieff's loving tribute to his mother, the . Memoirs written after the death of a loved one can either be elegies radiant with poetic inspiration or they can be self-serving eulogies

Both a memoir and an investigation, Swimming in a Sea of Death is David Rieff's loving tribute to his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, and her final battle with. Memoirs written after the death of a loved one can either be elegies radiant with poetic inspiration or they can be self-serving eulogies. David Rieff, a thoughtful and intelligent writer, happens to be the son of Susan Sontag, one of America's most brilliant authors and essayists, a woman of great courage with the gift of exploring concepts of our society that she found in need of our attention while at the same time a being novelist able to spin meaningful tales about the indomitable human.

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Comments: (7)
Antuiserum
This story would have made a better long form essay: as a book, the narrative was circular and repetitive; it lacked focus; and it felt devoid of the kind of detail and context that would have brought a better understanding to the reader of Mr. Rieff's and Ms. Sontag's journey through her final illness. The last chapter was quite strong, though; I wish he'd brought that energy to the first 90% of the book. On the other hand, I think that sometimes these kind of memoirs are actually best left unwritten. This is one of those times. Nothing in this memoir is any of my business.
Fearlesssinger
This book takes 180 pages to repeat the same theme over and over:his mother was dying of a blood cancer,and she was in denial about it being incurable.There is little in the way of inspiration or insight since almost the entire book consists of the author's thoughts as he trys to decide whether to foster his mothers unrealistic expectations.Since the book is essentially about the author's thoughts(we hear almost nothing from his mother),we feel more sympathy for him.To make matters worse,the sentences are long and complex,forcing the reader to read and reread them.This book would have been better as a nice short story in a magazine.
Hucama
This book was a touching view into the thoughts and feelings of Sontag's only child, David Rieff, as he accompanied his mother through her third, and final encounter with cancer. While written in sensitive and thoughtful manner, I didn't walk away with feeling as if I knew the woman any better than before reading the book. A good read for someone interested in the impact that this terrible disease can have on a loved one, as well as the sometimes very poignant efforts made by the victim to not give in to the inevitable
Agantrius
for those who can bear the end, the terrible end, of the magnificent american intellectual as witnessed by her son. for those who have seen the end of their own magnificent ones, slowly like this.
Jerinovir
gracefully written and ultimately shocking in depiction of a son watching his mother resIst death.
Vobei
I was fascinated by the book, fascinated by the intimate view of Sontag. I found I could not like her very much. But even at 180 pages, it seemed over-long. I could not understand why the book was broken into chapters since there was not much that differentiated one from the other. The epilogue about Sontag's burial in Paris was the most interesting, and the moving part.
Siralune
A well written book,not over sentimental. It tells of a talented woman who wanted to live and who happened to be the author's mother.
Wandering prose and storyline. I was looking for more specific information but this was just an emotional dump. It was really just a description of his mother's terror of death.
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