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By Thomas Marshall
Feb 14, 2014
He who sits at the prow taking the waves facing the rapids is a leader of men. None of us seek to confront death. However, of those who do find themselves at the prow, on the river of life, facing death in the face, none speak of it with greater equanimity or clarity of voice than Douglas Saylor. Surviving the Night, five years in the life of a young man given a death sentence, is told with gentleness and honesty. We are taken on a trip from New Mexico to the South, and to France, where we are introduced to a coterie of the author's contemporaries, many of whom are also facing death. Most don't sit at the prow, like our hero, although some are also brave. We all have our way of coping, and many non-critical examples are given. Some continue partying as the boat sinks. Some go to the back of the boat, curl up and wait. I read Surviving the Night, one of many fine books by the author, Douglas Saylor, in a single day, and recommend the book to anyone who is interested in a firsthand... More > account of what it was like to live with HIV in the early days of the epidemic, when there was no reason to hope and everyone, it seemed, was dying. Learn more about the author on Lulu, and find him on Facebook. Douglas Saylor lives on the West Coast and teaches university level French.< Less
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