Dying: A Memoir

Dying: A Memoir

Cory Taylor is one of Australia?s celebrated novelists, the author of the brilliant Me and Mr Booker (winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Pacific region), and My Beautiful Enemy (shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award). At the age of sixty, she is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable. As she tells us in her remarkable last book, Cory Taylor is one of Australia?s celebrated novelists, the author of the brilliant Me and Mr Booker (winner of t...

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Title:Dying: A Memoir
Author:Cory Taylor
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Dying: A Memoir
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9781925355772
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English
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:160 pages pages

Dying: A Memoir Reviews

  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    Apr 27, 2017
    ?The fact that I was dying now was sad, but not tragic. I had lived a full life.? At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor was dying of a melanoma-related brain cancer. Her cancer could no longer be treated, and death was inevitable. And so, she wrote this book. I imagine that every per...
  • Paul Bryant
    Nov 23, 2016
    This year two of my close friends were diagnosed with terminal cancer. One was my fittest friend, the guy who ran regular half-marathons and swam and cycled and jogged every day. But the thing is, four or was it five of his uncles, aunts and parents died of cancer at around his age, so...
  • Michael Livingston
    May 17, 2016
    A short, clear-eyed memoir, written in the face of inoperable cancer. Sad, but not sentimental, and somehow hopeful in spite of everything. ...
  • Veronica
    Jul 05, 2016
    'For what are we, if not a mind taking a body for a walk, just to see what's there? And, in the end, where do we get to, if not back to a beginning that we've never really left behind ... I am a girl and I am a dying woman. My body is my journey, the truest record of all I have done an...
  • Canadian Reader
    Oct 18, 2017
    ?I was as under-prepared as anyone could be. It was as if I had stumbled out of a land of make-believe into the realm of the real. That is why I started writing this book. Things are not as they should be. For so many of us, death has become the unmentionable thing, a monstrous silen...
  • Kkneen
    Apr 12, 2016
    Perfectly structured, perfectly told. An unsentimental meditation on family, life and death. This is how I want to go out, having written one perfect book. ...
  • Marianne
    May 17, 2016
    ??I will miss being around to see what happens next, how things turn out, whether my children?s lives will prove as lucky as my own. But I will not miss dying. It is by far the hardest thing I have ever done, and I will be glad when it?s over? Dying: a Memoir is Cory Taylo...
  • Michael
    May 17, 2016
    Cory Taylor is one of Australia's most famed authors. With two books that have won and been shortlisted for awards, she has made her own niche in our literary landscape. Know though Cory, who has been battling melanoma-related brain cancer for the last decade, is facing the reality tha...
  • Emma Sea
    Jun 17, 2018
    "I haven't died before, sometimes I get a bad case of beginner's nerves." Such a lovely book. I cried, and then I cried some more when I learned she died in hospice right after it was published. I wonder what happened to her stockpile of powdered Chinese insurance plan. It's so enti...
  • M. Sarki
    Dec 10, 2016
    https://msarki.tumblr.com/post/154283... The accident of birth is just that. And so is everything that happens afterwards, or so it seems to me? Cory Taylor died at age sixty in July of 2016, but not before finishing this important book that details her life beginning to end. T...
  • Melora
    Dec 15, 2017
    Cory Taylor was born in 1955, and she died of cancer in 2016. Sixty-one seems awfully young to die, especially from my vantage point of fifty-two, and Taylor certainly thought it was premature. She had books she still hoped to write, children she wanted to see established in their adul...
  • Rebecca
    Nov 15, 2016
    (3.5) ?I haven?t died before, so I sometimes get a bad case of beginner?s nerves, but they soon pass.? Cory Taylor (who died in July) was an Australian novelist first diagnosed with stage-four melanoma in 2005; after the cancer metastasized she underwent brain surgery but the e...
  • Travel Writing
    Aug 22, 2017
    "But I'm used to dying now. It's become ordinary and unremarkable, something everybody, without exception, does at one time or another." Cory Taylor writes with lightness and a gentleness that carries you right through the darkest and deepest reaches of her journey of dying. She ...
  • Kimbofo
    Dec 26, 2016
    Reading Cory Taylor?s Dying: A Memoir may not be the most cheerful thing to do on Boxing Day, but this heartfelt, often brutally honest account of what it is to come to terms with your own death is ? paradoxically ? a life-affirming read. Taylor is a scriptwriter turned childr...
  • T-bone
    Jan 06, 2017
    I read this slender volume in a single sitting while caring for someone who is soon to die. One of the many awful things about dying is how difficult people find to talk about it - especially people who were not brought up to talk about feelings and shit. Which is why books like this a...
  • Tempo de Ler
    May 29, 2018
    É preciso coragem para contemplarmos a nossa própria morte, algo que, como disse anteriormente, é de uma solidão indescritível - p. 27 Cory Taylor fala-nos da morte como um facto da vida. Mais do que uma reflexão sobre a eutanásia e o suicídio assistido, A Morrer é um va...
  • Eric
    Sep 28, 2017
    It gives nothing away to write that Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor is about Cory Taylor's death from brain cancer. Cory Taylor was sixty years of age when she passed and from the description in her memoir she led an interesting life and had an interesting family. Taylor's memoir ha...
  • Text Publishing
    Apr 12, 2016
    ?This is a powerful, poignant and lucid last testament, at once an eloquent plea for autonomy in death, and an evocation of the joys, sorrows and sheer unpredictability and precariousness of life. Taylor wonders if she has found the ?right tone? for her story. Her readers will fi...
  • Andrew McMillen
    Jun 08, 2016
    What do you do if you're dying slowly of a melanoma-related brain cancer? If you're a writer, like Brisbane-based Cory Taylor, you write a book about it, and all the rest of us can do is soak in the relentlessly true, beautiful and moving words that result. Structured around three long...
  • Ellen
    Jun 06, 2016
    I will not miss dying. It is by far the hardest thing I have ever done, and I will be glad when it's over. There is a kind of reverence that comes with reading passages like this and knowing they were written in the final weeks of a life. This book is extremely personal ? and, at ...
  • Svenja
    Feb 04, 2017
    Mit dem Thema Tod kann ich nicht besonders gut umgehen. Ich hatte gehofft, dass mir dieses Buch mehr hilft, die Sicht der Sterbenden zu begreifen. Die ersten Kapitel fand ich auch sehr gut. Die Autorin schreibt ehrlich und offen über Selbstmord und auch gegen Ende werden ihre Ängs...
  • Nigel
    Aug 31, 2016
    In brief - There is - for me - a real beauty and simplicity in this brief but powerful book. In full Can a book about Dying be considered beautiful? If I had any doubts on that Cory Taylor has removed them. The memoir starts with the simple facts that in her fifties she is diagnose...
  • Gill
    Aug 31, 2016
    'Dying' by Cory Taylor 3 stars/ 6 out of 10 I was interested in reading this short book because I have recently read an obituary of the author. Cory Taylor spent her latter years in Queensland, Australia. The first section of the book is primarily about her experiences and t...
  • Kirsty Dummin
    Jun 25, 2016
    This is a quick, straight forward read that shares a snippet of Cory's life, her family and her history in the face of her own death. It's not depressing or tragic, just matter of fact. Cory touches on many poignant points about life and death, and while I'm sure writing this book was ...
  • Heather
    Aug 31, 2017
    Again... another memoir I've rated below 3 stars. I almost feel like I'm being disrespectful rating this so low, but this is NOT what I expected at all. Considering the title of this book is "Dying", I had apparently mistaken that to mean it would be about her dying. 2/3 of the bo...
  • Carolyn Mck
    Apr 04, 2017
    I have had this on order from the library for many months but when it became available just weeks after my sister died I thought that it might prove too difficult a read for me at this time. How wrong I was! The memoir put my own grief in perspective and enabled me to find words for th...
  • Claire Fuller
    Feb 13, 2018
    I enjoyed this - can a book written by someone with a terminal illness be enjoyable? The first half is about her thoughts on what she's facing, and I found this very moving, and I was angry on her behalf that assisted dying is not an option. The alternatives, and what they would make h...
  • Glitterbomb
    Jan 09, 2018
    "That is what I am doing now, in this, my final book: I am making a shape for my death, so that I, and others, can see it clearly. And I am making dying bearable for myself." What an extraordinary little book. Its brave and forthcoming, and asks all the hard questions. Cory Tayl...
  • Amalia Kidd
    May 30, 2016
    I couldn't put this book down and read it from start to finish in one sitting. I was joined by a glass of wine for the final leg. Cory's prose is so honest and resonants with me on a deep level. She tackles those thoughts we'd rather not discuss. Her brutal honesty and most of all her ...
  • Kirsty
    Sep 06, 2016
    Illness narratives are fast becoming my go-to books. I find reading about the process of dying both fascinating and humbling. From the outset, Taylor's memoir is incredibly well written. At no point is it self-pitying; rather, her tone is measured and hopeful, startling and truthful. D...