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Death Be Not Proud review Ø 103 ç Death Be Not Proud chronicles Johnny Gunther's gallant struggle against the malignant brain tumor that killed him at the age of seventeen The book opens with his father's fond vivid portrait of his son a young man of extraordinary intellectual promise who excelled at physics math and chess but was also an active gooDeath Be Not Proud chronicles Johnny Gunther's gallant struggle against the malignant brain tumor that killed him at the age of seventeen The book opens with his father's fond vivid portrait of his son a young man of extraordinary intellectual promise who excelled at physics math and chess but was also an active go. 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

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Od hearted and fun loving kid But the heart of the book is a description of the agonized months during which Gunther and his former wife Frances try everything in their power to halt the spread of Johnny's cancer and to make him as happy and comfortable as possible In the last months of his life Johnny strove hard. 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 despairDespite 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

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Death Be Not ProudTo complete his high school studies The scene of his graduation ceremony from Deerfield Academy is one of the most powerful and heartbreaking in the entire book Johnny maintained his courage wit and uiet friendliness up to the end of his life He died on June 30 1947 less than a month after graduating from Deerfield. 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