The Mortality Book Club Reads The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Wednesday, December 20, 6 - 7:30 pm
Our Mortality Book Club reads and discusses books having to do with the important--but frequently avoided---issues we confront at the end of our lives. This month's selection is The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy's classic novella about a middle-aged man who has spent his life focused on his career as a bureaucrat, emotionally detached from his wife and children. After an accident he finds himself on the brink of an untimely death, which he sees as a terrible injustice. Face-to-face with his mortality, Ivan Ilyich begins to question everything he has believed about the meaning of life. The Death of Ivan Ilyich is a masterpiece of psychological realism and philosophical profundity that has inspired generations of readers.
Anyone can join the club at any time. Regular members include hospital and hospice workers, but also the adult children of aging parents, or just anyone who wonders about the many questions--medical, emotional, social, and philosophical--raised by human mortality. The book club facilitator is Jasmin Tomlins, herself in training as a death doula.