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The Courage to Laugh Paperback – August 24, 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
-- Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine & Miracles --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Through Allen Klein's book I discovered that, in the face of trauma, humor is as much a saving grace as are spiritual/religious beliefs.
I heartily recommend this book for anyone who is facing a terminal illness or who has a loved one who has a terminal illness, as well as for those who are at least a year past the death of their loved one (unless they have an extremely accessible wit).
Laughter is excellent medicine. Buy this book, but then remember to take the medicine! Laughing in the face of death, or finding light when one feels that life is dark, is a challenging task. It takes courage to search thoroughly and find humor's rainbow behind the dark clouds of grief.
This is a wonderful book! It gives so much to the reader. It expands your heart and I found it giving me a certain feeling of grace - not that I have been spared - but a feeling of grace from reading about the wonderful people in this book.
Yes, it's full of wonderful, noble people, but these people are also blessed with a sense of humor and class.
I don't know if it would help someone who has never had a sense of humor, but I am positive that it would help anyone who has laughed at least once in their life.
Mr. Klein's approach is not condescending or "let's laugh at the victim" style at all. It is warm and joyous and a blessing to anyone who reads it.
This book will not bring you down! It may open a path of communication for you. I cannot say enough about this book.
Although I have no life threatening disease, I have suffered through horrible bouts of depression and this book was a God-send because it made me LAUGH! I am looking forward to reading his other books!
Allen Klein writes about heroes, death, and laughter, too. Klein's heroes aren't cartoon characters, they're ordinary people. They are you and me. Klein's heroes haven't been chained in the path of an onrushing train. They're teathered to an IV during chemo-therapy or living with a chronic condition that won't kill them but just make life more difficult as time goes by. Klein's heroes have one thing in common; their ability to laugh at themselves and their situations. They've also given others The gift of laughing with them.
Allen Klein has done a remarkable thing. Rather than celebrate heroism by elevating it out of our grasp, he celebrates it by bringing it to a level where its accessible to all of us. Klein's heroism is facing our time here with dignity, optimism, and a sense of humor in spite of an uncertain future. That's living. That's dying. That's the point.
Allen Klein has taken the concept a step further, exploring in great detail how humor helps us cope with death. As I began the book, I read about Klein's experience with the death of his father. Thoughts of my father's death came creeping into my consciousness. Do I want to read this book? I continued reading, and I'm glad I did. This book is a fascinating sociological study of humor and death. It's very well done, so well that the book could qualify as a college textbook as well as a very interesting read . . . and even a valuable guidebook for people working in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, or caring for a loved one.
The organization of The Courage to Laugh was obvious, and made the book easier to read, understand, and absorb. Part I answers the question, "Is Death Too Serious for Humor?" with four strong background chapters. The second part of the book, Seeing Demise Thru Humorous Eyes, is filled with an amazing collection of wit and understanding from a wide variety of sources. I became so engaged with this material, that I couldn't put the book down. I just kept reading! I also enjoyed the last part of the book, Leave' Em Laughing, that looks at the subject through the eyes of those who are dying.
Highly recommended for anyone dealing with death and dying or studying the topic. If you're a student of humor, this book is a treasure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book to have especially if you are going through or will be going through a tough time of losing someone.Published 12 months ago by ambidextrous in Rupert
The book was in great shape when it appeared at my door. I have never been disappointed yet.Published 17 months ago by diana helder
What a delight to read! It reinforces my thoughts on how people deal with death and dying and gives an entire new look at our final journey and how we get there.Published on October 25, 2013 by mary perone
Very well structured and descriptive chapters. Concrete examples help to understand. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a health or social related job. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Eli
Looking for inspirational literature for a cancer patient and I have not given it away nor have I read it.Published on April 22, 2013 by Lawrence Kasey
Love it great reading everyone needs to learn to laugh --I attended his worksho and the book highlighted his workshopPublished on December 26, 2012 by Jeanette Nekota