- Nicholas Humphrey, professor of philosophy and author of A History of the Mind
Antonella Gambotto-Burke was awoken at seven one Saturday morning by a telephone call. She could never have anticipated the subsequent devastation.
The Eclipse: A Memoir of Suicide is an astonishing account of one woman's experience of love and loss. Gambotto-Burke's insight and compassion are startling; her ability to make sense of suicide, revolutionary.
Does any man have the right to dispose of his own life? This is, she writes, the ultimate debate of moral entitlement. She explains the premise of suicide and how it pivots on a fatal logical flaw.
Presenting an eloquent case against our understanding of depression and bereavement, she poses a profound question:
If death is a process and not a state, how does that change the experience of grief?
Arguably the most important memoir ever written about loss, The Eclipse hypnotizes the reader from the outset. Gambotto-Burke's life has been saturated by death. The first boy who proposed to her shot himself in the head at the age of sixteen. Michael VerMeulen, her great love and the legendary American editor of British GQ, overdosed on cocaine at the age of 38. And then her baby brother, gone.
Grief is, she writes, something like coals to be walked upon.
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