[Reading] ➾ Death Be Not Proud ➵ John Gunther – Transportjobsite.co.uk

[Reading] ➾ Death Be Not Proud  ➵ John Gunther – Transportjobsite.co.uk chapter 1 Death Be Not Proud , meaning Death Be Not Proud , genre Death Be Not Proud , book cover Death Be Not Proud , flies Death Be Not Proud , Death Be Not Proud 873a1e32382af Johnny Gunther Was Only Seventeen Years Old When He Died Of A Brain Tumor During The Months Of His Illness, Everyone Near Him Was Unforgettably Impressed By His Level Headed Courage, His Wit And Quiet Friendliness, And, Above All, His Unfaltering Patience Through Times Of Despair This Deeply Moving Book Is A Father S Memoir Of A Brave, Intelligent, And Spirited Boy


10 thoughts on “Death Be Not Proud

  1. says:

    This book is featured on Shabby Sunday isn t a book I normally pick up, but I purchased it in a box of books from a church sale years ago, and after going through some of these books recently, it caught my attention I love reading memoirs, but not so much when it s a story about a child with cancer I took a chance and continued reading because I d already read the blurb and knew what to expect If you plan to read this book, you may want to skip my review altogether The edition I m reviewing is from 1965.In the beginning of the book, John Gunther writes about his son Johnny and describes him as a happy child who loves to spend time with his parents when he s not in school Not only is he a happy and active child, but he s extremely intelligent and loves school When he returns home in 1946 for a break, he begins to have some strange symptoms and eventually is diagnosed with a brain tumor Of course, this was back in a day before there were better treatments for cancer like there are now, and some of the treatments that Johnny undertakes are unorthodox In fact, this is the first book I ve read that documents a patient s story after attempting Dr Gerson s methods for battling cancer.The book is written in two parts In the first part, the reader learns about Johnny, his diagnosis and some of his treatments This was definitely a difficult part for me to finish It s heart wrenching, but Johnny was so strong His parents are with him constantly and move mountains to find him the best treatments possible They continually search for a cure.The second part contains a short diary that Johnny wrote and also letters, many from before his diagnosis I would ve liked to read the letters from before his diagnosis first, before reading Part 1, but this isn t the way the book is organized The final pages in the book contain a note from Johnny s mother, Frances In the note, she discusses the many questions you ask with the impending death of a child and there s a statement that we all hear too often A statement that reminds us we are never guaranteed any exact measure of time Yet at the end of them all, when one has put away all the books, and all the words, when one is alone with oneself, when one is alone with God, what is left in one s heart Just this I wish we had loved Johnny Overall, even with all the agonizing parts of the story, I m glad I finished the book In my opinion, it s written very well I d recommend it to anyone who likes to read memoirs.4


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    Someone okay, mt therapist suggested I reread this Was he comparing my MS to a grapefruit sized brain tumor Why is it that everyone who has a real medical issue wants to believe it s psychosomatic and everyone with a psychosomatic condition wants it to be real My new take on the book, after fourteen years passing since I first read it Tonight, I read someone s review of Death Be Not Proud on Goodreads.com, a great review for a classic book, but for some misguided search for understanding I sent this message to the reviewer I, too, cried when I first read this book and I m sure I ll cry again when I read it this weekend, as I plan to But I wonder how much my intervening years will change my perspective on the truth of the portrait Certainly the boy was a gifted and courageous human being and his father loved him as any parent would But had he survived and remained disabled, would his father s love have shown a different form frustration that his son was now pursuing goals that didn t match his father s expectations of brilliance and success anger that his son couldn t work full time like his healthy classmates and earn as many bragging rights as they pity at himself for being given a wonderful child who d had an awful physical curse And had the son read the book in his thirties, would he recognize himself in his father s depiction of him would he see his actions as brave and noble, would he understand he had a choice in reacting to his diagnosis as he did, would he cry for his father for not being able to find a cure I suppose you d have to know me to understand why I question this portrayal now, when I could otherwise leave it be as a beautiful and heart wrenching story But as a former star student who did get all the academic awards despite dealing with disability and did work her way through Harvard, getting summa cum laude because my mom would expect nothing less, and whom everyone called brave and unfazed, I wonder what the boy would grow up to think No, my mom isn t proud of me any I didn t apply for the Rhodes Scholarship, you see I m just an adult disabled child, according to the government, trying to find meaning in each day I know I put too much of my own perspective in these hypothetical questions, but they are real questions I did send another email apologizing for my confession but I don t know if I simply dug myself a deeper premature grave P.S Sorry for the Gunther diatribe I just wonder if it d be easier on parents of chronically ill children if their kids died while they were still perfect The last sentence in the Aftermath, from a doctor of his, Dr Traegar He had the most brilliant promise of any child I have ever known Yes, he died still full of promise.


  3. says:

    This book first caught my attention when I read the title, a reference to a John Donne poem by the same name I was immediately intrigued, and decided to read this story of a a young boy who dies of a brain tumor The book was written by the boy s father after his death, and in many ways is the eulogy of a bereaved father who desperately loves his son He writes of the genius of the boy, and we, the reader, come to believe with the father that this young man would have truly changed the world had he been permitted to live I first read this book many years ago and came to love the young man who will never reach adulthood My heart broke at his parent s and the world s loss Many years later, I lost my dear friend Elizabeth to the same illness, and I again revisited this book as part of my own grieving It is a story of hope and striving, and ultimately, of loss It is one of my personal favorites, and I recommend it to anyone who has a heart and enjoys feeling wide and varied emotions when reading a book I imagine this book will make all but the most hardened person cry, and yet it is a cleansing cry it does the soul good to empathize with father and son and to take their grief as our own.


  4. says:

    This was a hard book to read The death of a child is always sad, and intense medical descriptions are something for me personally that induce queasiness I did feel like he was trying to convince me that his son s death was tragic than other children s because he felt his son was brilliant than others This novel also comes from a place of privilege when you have so much money that you can afford the best hospitals and doctors for your child without thinking about it It made me feel sad for all the parents who have sick children with added stress of huge medical bills they have no idea how they will pay.


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    Where has this gem been hiding The amazing story of Johnny Gunther and his battle with a brain tumor in the mid 1940 s is a book you are not likely to forget This was published in 1949, and perhaps the fact that medicine has out paced the procedures that were used for him has shoved this book aside, but the remarkable heart, bravery, and intelligence of a 17 year old boy who puts living and learning into a primary focus should not have.You will not be in tears but you will look at some subjects differently Glad I took the time.


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    A profound little book I started reading this ages ago, before I was fully able to understand the subject matter Now, reading it again as a young adult I am apt to understand and appreciate this work I am fascinated by Johnny s selfless tendencies to care for his parents than his own trials He does express his upset occasionally, but for the most part he is consumed by his passions in science and his aspirations for the future I wonder if he is so optimistic about his recovery because of the way in which his parents refuse to describe the severity of his condition I think particularly to the instance in which the parents remove the definition of Johnny s terminal brain tumor from their medical journals something that would not stop a modern teen but is enough to quell Johnny s curiosities I wonder if Johnny is so selfless because of the time and place which he inhabits the era being specifically important In that era, children were obedient and common courtesies were prevalent in society certainly so than in modern society where children rarely seem to show their parents any respect, and fewer still seem to be able to accept illness as Johnny does so graciously This memoir raises questions than answers for me, it seems but provokes thought and questions of the human condition which is always something for which I search in a piece of literature.This is definitely a book worth reading and one that should be re read periodically throughout one s life I feel when I am drawn to read it again in a few years time, I may be able to answer some of my current pontifications, though fear I may only find on which to speculate.


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    I think it is too easy to talk about children who die before adulthood as though they are saints They are unflawed and therefore able to be exalted as perfect after their deaths They are in the eyes of the storytellers eternally brave, friendly, and hopeful While the copy of Death Be Not Proud that I have includes Johnny s diary and letters, I do not believe that this account of his life was true in the sense that it tells his story from his own mouth How do we know that he was not just keeping a brave face for those around him because he did not want to disappoint them We know this could be possible, yet we continue to write these tales, which further limit the ability of currently suffering children and adults to admit their pain, fears, and despair.Despite these misgivings, the book itself was written well and is undeniably heartfelt As the reviews suggest, it has the possibility to give us all hope by reading about the example of one who had so much to lose and kept a brave face through it all.


  8. says:

    I picked this up at a used book store prepared to throw it away if it wasn t good In my experience, the better the title of a book you ve never heard of, the likely it is to be disappointing By that standard, I was willing to take a chance on Death Be Not Proud but fully expected to be disappointed I wasn t Written in 1949 by the famous journalist John Gunther about his death of his son a genius at 17 from a brain tumor, DBNP is deeply moving and profound As a young person who has accomplished a lot yet is fully aware how little those accomplishments mean, I connected with the boy who knows he will die too soon and struggles to do it with dignity and purpose Midway through the book, Johnny writes what he calls the Unbeliever s Prayer It s good enough to be from Epictetus or Montaigne and he was 16 when he wrote it.


  9. says:

    Nonfiction has never been a genre I loved, and picking up this book was originally a challenge I believed that it would be boring and difficult to read because of my bias towards nonfiction However, after just the first page I became invested in this beautifully written story of a young boy with cancer This heartbreaking story is not told in an emotional way, or even an overly factual way, but simply tells and documents the journey of Johnny s and the emotions that came with it I found it particularly interesting that the book was written by Johnny s father, which gives the story depth and even insight into the events that occurred Johnny s diagnosis, treatment, etc I will admit I became very emotional while reading parts of the book, and this is certainly not for the faint of heart But, I know for a fact that I will remember Johnny s journey for the rest of my life, and he is truly an inspiration If I could rate this 100 stars, I most definitely would.


  10. says:

    This book, a true story told in the most depressing but straight forward manner you could read it in The writer, the boys father, tells it from his point of view The sadness he felt, the total love he had for his son The story is about the life of a tumor with in you Johnny Gunther JR One that should ve killed him within months but he outlasted it for years It made me cry by the truth in it The will of the human spirit I would recommend it to everyone Which is saying a lot as I rarely read nonfiction I myself could take it very personally as my own father almost died from a brain tumor One that is showing signs of returning Some people have called the story drab and just plain sad I found it to be a real page turner and yes very sad The last line in Death be not proud says And then like a thief, death stole him I couldn t put the book down Johnny was probably the bravest teen I have ever read of To take death in a joking manner as if it did not concern him, but secretly he feared it, as we all do We got to see his decent, his parents desperate search to save him, his doctors struggle to save him, and the saddest part the fact that he had so much potential and everyone loved him This book was truly inspiring and should be read.


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