The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke

The Long Goodbye Meghan O'Rourke

This is not a book many people will want to read, as it deals with the death of a close relative – in this case the author’s mother.   I too, have lost my mother to hospital illness (not terminal in my mother’s case but nonetheless traumatic.  I felt initially that Meghan had some good insights into her personal struggles but eventually the repetitiveness of her narrative wore me down and I had to abandon it at the second to last chapter.   The endless chapters where Meghan agonises over her own internal demons and the looming death of her mother to terminal illness, felt at times very egocentric and hard to swallow.

I am in the process of formulating my own book about my mother’s death and was hoping that Meghan’s story would give me valuable guidance on what to focus on and what to leave out.   Unfortunately Meghan seems to chuck everything in barring the proverbial kitchen sink and it just gets way too much.  It would appear that she’s read everything and anything on the topic of death and somehow felt the need to shove it all in with her own story, which I found quite irritating at times.  Less is more, as far as I am concerned and for this reason alone, I have to say that the book was a bit of a disappointment.  I bought mine through Kindle (Amazon UK).


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ISBN-13: 978-1844086757

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