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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book contains some great detail. Also, it shows the courage of a young man. I hold a lot of respect for Johnny. He touched my heart deeply, to have that much courage to live, when there was ver ylittle hope makes me wonder how i ever felt i had it rough. That young man inspires me. I will definatly reccommend this book to everyone I know. Everyone deserves to feel this way about Johnny. I wish to thank Mr. Gunther for sharing this tragedy with the world. It gives me hope.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 1998
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The first chapters of "Death Be Not Proud",was very emotional from the beginning. To see an intellignent young man detorirate because of a brain tumor was very sad. I would recommend this book to families,friends who are going through a hard time because of brain tumors. You have to be brave and calm. This book wil help you understand the stuggle of a family to overcome a death situation. If you want to know the rest go buy the book!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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We watch a sixteen-seventeen year-old child fight cancer to his own death, but we learn to love the child and the family, and hopefully learn how to make our lives and our loves better by this reading.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 1999
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Johnny proved to be an outstanding human being. He lived every day of his life hoping it would not be his last, and yet fought against death so courageously. Even though he knew that his brain tumor would be fatal, he still lived on with humor and happiness. Although, I did find this book a bit slow moving, it has been an inspiration. He proved to be a very intelligent young man despite the fate of his life.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2006
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"I have so much to do! And there's so little time!" Johnny Gunther frequently spoke these words throughout John Gunther, Sr.'s, memoir, Death Be Not Proud. After learning of the fatal diagnosis of a brain tumor, Johnny and his parents begin a fifteen month struggle to try to prolong and ultimately save his life. Johnny was born in 1930, and by the time he is diagnosed in 1946, at the age of sixteen, he has lived in London, Vienna, New York City; during the school year, he attended Deerfield Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts. After being diagnosed in the spring of 1946, Johnny undergoes a series of previously used treatments and procedures, as well as experimented techniques in hopes of finding a cure to the ever growing tumor. Johnny develops close relationships with all of his doctors and he draws people to feel connected to him very quickly. His inquisitive and eager to learn mind help open up new means of communications with all different types of people. Various people that Johnny knows and meets along his incredible journey provide support and optimism to him in the end as he serves as a point of inspiration, whom all get to know.

Johnny's strong will to live and succeed in his field of dreams, touches many and thus leads to a great deal of support from his friends, family, and the medical profession. With the help of many, Johnny is able to live past the few months destined to him by doctors, apply to Harvard University, and even graduate from Deerfield Academy. After the doctors first discover Johnny's fatal tumor, they believe that he will only live for a few months, but Johnny, being the strong young man that he is, endure for almost fifteen months. John Gunther, Sr., the author of Death Be Not Proud and Johnny's father, beautifully transcribes Johnny's story, ambition and love for life through a first person narrative writing technique.

John Gunther, Sr., quickly pulls the reader into Johnny and his family's challenging life by providing a thought-provoking and interesting background to Johnny's life. After learning more about Johnny, I was quickly drawn to him and became his number one supporter. John Gunther, Sr., helps the reader love Johnny through his own personal praise and admiration of him. As stated in the beginning, "I have so much to do! And there's so little time!" John Gunther, Sr., continuously quotes Johnny in order to give us a better insight into Johnny's lifestyle, ambition and condition. I am a fan of the originally printed version of Death Be Not Proud. The original copy of the memoir contains less personal letters between Johnny and his mother, Francis, whom he was very close to, and it also contains a shorter introduction to the memoir. I found the letters to be interesting to a certain extent, but in the end, a little repetitive. Also, the introduction provides a greater description of Johnny's background, but once the actual memoir begins it, like the letters, is redundant to the story. Overall, I fell in love with Johnny and was deeply depressed when the inevitable and long awaited day of his postponed death arrived. John Gunther, Sr., beautifully told of Johnny's story and his struggle for life
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on September 13, 2014
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Recommend!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 1999
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The father who is so desperate for answers, and a mother so nieve towards the situation, both have an extream love for there son, Johnny. As Johnny fights for his life, throughout a terrible brain tummor, he looses much of his incredible abilities, and memories. This book not only tells a great story, but brings you to understand illness, that one day could happen to you.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This was a great book. Johnny Gunther had great courage in facing death, though he was not always told the entire story of his tumor. When he graduated from his boarding school, and everyone in the audience gave him a standing ovation for being able to walk up on the stage, it was truly moving. YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 1998
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Death Be Not Proud is a tragic story filled with hope. I read it in one sitting. It is very moving, and carries itself on finely. The medical aspects are very interesting, and generally the book teaches courage and perseverance. The title is appropriate--from the poem. It is altogether a good read.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2001
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Hope v.s. Brain Tumor
The book Death be not Proud is a story about a 16 year old that was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The story is written from his father's point of view. Johnny was a high- spirited young man that wanted to live life to the fullest. His mother was always there to help him enjoy he fifth teen months in the hospital. Johnny got out of the hospital and said hello and good- bye all his friends in high school before graduating. He was fine for a couple months taking meds and having help. Things got bad when Johnny couldn't remember how to tie his shoes or button up his shirts. Johnny started to feel a lot of pain in his head so they re-admitted him to the closest hospital and he passed away a few days after. All of his life he dreamed of going to Harvard University and if there was anyone that could have taken this away it would have made a difference in his friends and family's life. If you are looking for a touching story read Death be not Proud.
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