Death Be Not Proud
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About the Author
John Gunther (1901-1970) was one of the best known and most admired journalists of his day. The author of the immensely popular Inside books—a series of profiles of major world powers, beginning with Inside Europe, published in 1936—he was born on the north side of Chicago and died on May 29, 1970.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Johnny's brain was possibly the most important thing in his body, as he was a very intelligent person. The subject Johnny loved the most was science; if he had survived he probably would have been able to develop a cure for his very own tumor. He was deciding between two occupations at the time of his sickness: a physicist or a chemist. During the fifteen months of Johnny's illness, he was optimistic about living - the disease hurt his brain, but never his spirit. He went through much pain, but he never complained and kept up with his schoolwork while he was in the hospital or, sometimes, at home. Although he missed his entire senior year at Deerfield because of the tumor, he was allowed to graduate with the rest of his class. As his father wrote, "He died absolutely without fear, and without pain, and without knowing that he was going to die." Unlike most people with a deadly disease, Johnny lived his short life victoriously. Johnny "...did not die like a vegetable. He died like a man, with perfect dignity."
John Gunther writes about his son's struggle with death in a vivid and intriguing way. As the book was written in the late 1940's, the writing is also a little stilted - although it is still very interesting.Read more ›
This book makes any teenager want to cherish life to the fullest as Johnny did and also makes adults who read this show much sympathy to the parents because losing an amazing son like John is devistating.
This book is easy to read and definitely makes you want you thankful for the small things in life- as Johnny did!
Throughout this book, the author continuously explores the themes of hope and death. Unfortunately, these insights are clogged by many needless details, ranging from Johnny¡¯s dinner that day to his latest scientific experiment. These seem to imply that the author did not really know his son very well. The book reads rather slowly and tediously. In addition, the journal entries and letters at the back seemed to serve no purpose besides filling up space.
However, Death Be Not Proud would be an excellent book for someone suffering the death of a beloved one. The author, instead of focusing on his own grief, wrote fondly on his many memories. Instead of dwelling on the unpleasant aspects of Johnny¡¯s illness, John Gunther spoke poignantly on the almost normal times in-between. Death Be Not Proud would help many channel their grief into remembrance of the richness of life.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a really well written book. It is really sad, but insipring how this family is always on the son's side during all the treatments for the son's brain tumor.Published on Nov. 11 2003
This book was very well written I won't deny that for it had all the justifying characteristics of a tragedy. Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2003
A wonderful, thoughtful, and courageous book.
I recommend this book for everybody, it is a lesson of life. Written wonderfully. I read eating it up. So brave. So sad. Read more
In the novel Death Be not Proud the main character Johnny is a young boy who is very intelligent and loves school. Read morePublished on April 4 2003 by luis calahorrano
It's the rare person who wasn't assigned "Death Be Not Proud" in school, but it's a book that seems to turn up quite often in people's collections. Read morePublished on March 23 2003 by Patricia Beninato
I liked the book because it was sad. It was sad because it's hard to imagine going through that at such a young age, knowing that you have a tumor. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2002
This was a good book for the most part. I have read better ones, but this isn't horrible. It seemed that the father practically worshiped Johnny, his son with the brain tumor. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2002
I had to pick a book for summer reading for the following year, which I will be in the eighth grade. My mom told me that I should pick Death Be Not Proud. Read morePublished on July 17 2002 by Chelsea Wozniak