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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 go. This book is featured on Shabby Sunday isn’t a book I normally pick up but I purchased it in a box of books from a church sale years ago and after going through some of these books recently it caught my attention I love reading memoirs but not so much when it’s a story about a child with cancer I took a chance and continued reading because I’d already read the blurb and knew what to expect If you plan to read this book you may want to skip my review altogether The edition I'm reviewing is from 1965In the beginning of the book John Gunther writes about his son Johnny and describes him as a happy child who loves to spend time with his parents when he’s not in school Not only is he a happy and active child but he’s extremely intelligent and loves school When he returns home in 1946 for a break he begins to have some strange symptoms and eventually is diagnosed with a brain tumor Of course this was back in a day before there were better treatments for cancer like there are now and some of the treatments that Johnny undertakes are unorthodox In fact this is the first book I’ve read that documents a patient’s story after attempting Dr Gerson’s methods for battling cancerThe book is written in two parts In the first part the reader learns about Johnny his diagnosis and some of his treatments This was definitely a difficult part for me to finish It’s heart wrenching but Johnny was so strong His parents are with him constantly and move mountains to find him the best treatments possible They continually search for a cureThe second part contains a short diary that Johnny wrote and also letters many from before his diagnosis I would’ve liked to read the letters from before his diagnosis first before reading Part 1 but this isn’t the way the book is organized The final pages in the book contain a note from Johnny’s mother Frances In the note she discusses the many uestions you ask with the impending death of a child and there’s a statement that we all hear too often A statement that reminds us we are never guaranteed any exact measure of time “Yet at the end of them all when one has put away all the books and all the words when one is alone with oneself when one is alone with God what is left in one’s heart Just this I wish we had loved Johnny ” Overall even with all the agonizing parts of the story I’m glad I finished the book In my opinion it’s written very well I’d recommend it to anyone who likes to read memoirs4

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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. I picked this up at a used book store prepared to throw it away if it wasn't good In my experience the better the title of a book you've never heard of the likely it is to be disappointing By that standard I was willing to take a chance on Death Be Not Proud but fully expected to be disappointed I wasn't Written in 1949 by the famous journalist John Gunther about his death of his son a genius at 17 from a brain tumor DBNP is deeply moving and profound As a young person who has accomplished a lot yet is fully aware how little those accomplishments mean I connected with the boy who knows he will die too soon and struggles to do it with dignity and purpose Midway through the book Johnny writes what he calls the Unbeliever's Prayer It's good enough to be from Epictetus or Montaigne and he was 16 when he wrote it

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REVIEW » Death Be Not Proud ´ 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 good hearteOd 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