Nothing to Be Frightened of

Nothing to Be Frightened of

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A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the fear of death is &;the most rational thing in the world,&; how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty and an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for, against, and with God, and at his own bloodline, which has become, following his parents&; death, another realm of mystery.

Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the final diagnosis.

Baker & Taylor
Based on his own memories and those of his philosopher brother, an insightful memoir about the author's family by the author of Arthur & George offers a thoughtful meditation on the inevitability of human mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, and an argument for, against, about, and with God. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780307270252
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Liber_vermis
Aug 16, 2018

"For Montaigne, the death of youth, which often takes place unnoticed, is the harder death; what we habitually refer to as 'death' is no more than the death of old age ... The leap from the attenuated survival of senescence into non-existence is much easier than the sly transition from heedless youth to crabbed and regretful age." (p. 41-2)

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Liber_vermis
Aug 16, 2018

"We may allow Death, like God, to be [occasionally ironic] ... The essential difference remains: God might be dead, but Death is well alive. ... 'Death is sweet; it delivers us from the fear of death.' Is this not a comfort?" (p. 205, 209)

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Hadley
Jan 20, 2009

I don’t believe in God, but I miss Him. That's what I say when the question is put. I asked my brother, who has taught philosophy at Oxford, Geneva and the Sorbonne, what he thought of such a statement, without revealing it was my own. He replied with a single word: 'Soppy.'

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Aug 16, 2018

This book-length personal essay on dying, death and nothingness would have benefited from having an index so that readers could refer back to earlier references to philosophers, theologians, and the author's relatives. Since this essay was published in 2008 the emergence of medically-assisted-death in Europe and elsewhere has changed attitudes on dying. This essay would be valuable reading for gerontologists (especially pages 101-105).

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