My review of Denial of Death by Ernest Becker.

12 Apr

The Denial of DeathThe Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Becker’s Pulitzer Prize winning book was written while he was dying– it is his final gift to humanity. Praised by Elizabeth Kubler Ross, The New York Times Book Review, Sam Keen, you name it. One of my brightest, most humane friends described it as, “The only book I’ve ever read twice.” Becker says– very thoroughly, too– that everything we humans do is to blot out the understanding that we die. That includes all the monuments to our egos we leave behind: shopping centers, vineyards, hotels, motels, cities, piles of stuff for our relatives to clean up, as well as poetry, art, and literature. What is your legacy?

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