Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away

A Short Life Well Lived

Book - 2003
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Some people are born to lead and destined to teach--not by precept, but by the example of living life to the fullest. Peter Barton was that kind of person.

He protested at Columbia University in the 1960s, played soul music at Harlem's Apollo Theater, spent time as a ski bum and a craps dealer, and eventually emerged from Harvard Business School to become a central figure in the creation of cable television. In the prime of his life, happily married and the father of three young children, Peter came face to face with the biggest challenge in a life filled with risk-taking and direction-changing. Diagnosed with cancer, he began a journey both frightening and appalling, yet also full of wonder and discovery.

Not Fade Away recreates that journey in the intimate and alternating voices of Peter and of Laurence Shames--two men close in age yet who've chosen vastly different lives. Together, in a spirit of deepening friendship, they relive the high points of years that embodied the hopes and strivings of an entire generation. With courage, candor, and even humor, they search for meaning in Peter's unflinching confrontation with mortality.

In life, Peter was an overachieving Everyman, a vibrant spirit who showed his peers just how much is possible. In his dying, similarly, he redefines the quietly heroic tasks of seeking clarity in the midst of pain and loss; of breaking through to a highly personal, secular faith; and of achieving peace at last.

Publisher: [Emmaus Pa.] : Rodale ; [New York] : Distributed to the book trade by St. Martin's Press, c2003.
ISBN: 9781579546885
1579546889
Branch Call Number: 616.994 BARTON
Characteristics: 224 p. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Barton, Peter 1951-2002.

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nhoj
Oct 17, 2013

Dead from cancer at age 52(?) he looks back on his life and how he lived it according to his rules. It feels a little bit like a self help book and a justification/explanation for his life experiences and how he deals with his cancer and eventual death. The co author was with him up to the day he died so he was able to chronicle his thoughts and deeds on and leading up to his deathbed.
I can't help the feeling that the author is trying too hard to convince me of something - maybe of living a "be honest to yourself" kind of life.

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Pisinga
May 01, 2012

“I’m just trying to give a candid report of what I’ve experienced and continue to experience, to map the progress toward my own little death.” – Peter Barton said about his book.
With all due respect to people who have suffered or are suffering from cancer, Peter Barton can be called lucky because he was constantly surrounded by love, care, family, friends, and had
excellent medical care. He himself does not deny it. After all, how many people who suffer or have suffered from terminal illness, not having that love and care he had at such difficult moments of life.

RitaRoberts Feb 08, 2012

Recommended by Stephan White (author) - guy was a friend of his.

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