Writing from the sad height

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December 2007–January 2008, no. 297
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Dying: A memoir by Donald Horne and Myfanwy Horne

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Writing from the sad height

by
December 2007–January 2008, no. 297

Eighty-four is a good age. To die then is not a tragedy, or at least no more than that the knowledge we must all die is the great human tragedy (some might think the alternative, to live forever, would be an even greater one). Donald Horne does not consider his death a tragedy, in this account of his dying. What pervades this thoughtful book, written by Donald Horne and his wife, Myfanwy Horne, is the sadness that comes from the endings of things; in this case, the ending of the life they shared. They both know the end is inevitable, but it is no less sad for that.

Pamela Bone reviews 'Dying: A memoir' by Donald and Myfanwy Horne

Dying: A memoir

by Donald Horne and Myfanwy Horne

Viking, $35 hb, 266 pp

Buy this book

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