Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son's Memoir
Swimming in a Sea of Death is David Rieff's loving tribute to his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, and her final battle with cancer. Rieff's brave, passionate and unsparing witness of the last nine months of her life is both an intensely personal portrait of the relationship between a mother and a son, and a reflection on what it means to confront death in our culture. David Rieff confronts his feelings in relation to his motherandmdash;the guilt, the self-questioning, the sense of not having done enough. And he tries to understand what it means to desire so desperately, as his mother did to the end of her life, and to try almost anything in order to go on living.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bobbieharv - LibraryThing
He needed more distance before trying to write about this. He's still too close, too devastated, too guilty. While it may have been therapeutic for him, I can't imagine Susan Sontag wanting these ... Read full review
Swimming in a sea of death: a son's memoirUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
The death of a parent is never easy, but when your mother is the well-known Susan Sontag, is a memoir even necessary? For Rieff (At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention), it ... Read full review