Every Third Thought by Robert McCrum
On Life, Death and the Endgame

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Though occasional ideas and phrases from that book recur, Every Third Thought is very different in tone and texture. It is reflective rather than urgent, more a philosophical meander than a driven narrative.
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In 1995, at the age of 42, Robert McCrum suffered a dramatic and near-fatal stroke, the subject of his acclaimed memoir My Year Off. Ever since that life-changing event, McCrum has been unavoidably aware of his own mortality. And now, 21 years on, he is noticing a change: his friends are joining him. Death has become his contemporaries’ every third thought. The question is no longer "who am I?" but "how long have I got?" and "what happens next?" With the words of McCrum’s favorite authors as travel companions, this book takes us on a journey through a year and towards death itself. McCrum confronts an existential question: in a world where we have learned to live well at all costs, can we make peace with what Freud calls "the necessity of dying?" Searching for answers leads him to others for wisdom, and the book is populated by the voices of brain surgeons, psychologists, cancer patients, hospice workers, writers and poets. Deeply personal yet always universal, this is a book for anyone who finds themselves preoccupied by matters of life and death. It is both guide and companion.


 

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Published August 24, 2017 by Picador. 257 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Blake Morrison on Aug 25 2017

Though occasional ideas and phrases from that book recur, Every Third Thought is very different in tone and texture. It is reflective rather than urgent, more a philosophical meander than a driven narrative.

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The Economist

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on Aug 17 2017

Mr McCrum’s bravery in staring into the abyss cannot be overestimated; reading his book inevitably brings moments of terror. But “Every Third Thought” has something positive to offer, too.

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