Half-Life: Reflections from Jerusalem on a Broken Neck

Half Life Reflections from Jerusalem on a Broken Neck Am I paralyzed Am I going to die Those were the questions Joshua Prager asked a paramedic on May after the minibus he d been traveling in during a visit to Israel was blindsided by a runaway

  • Title: Half-Life: Reflections from Jerusalem on a Broken Neck
  • Author: Joshua Prager
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  • Page: 498
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Am I paralyzed Am I going to die Those were the questions Joshua Prager asked a paramedic on May 16, 1990, after the minibus he d been traveling in during a visit to Israel was blindsided by a runaway truck At the start of that day, he had been an exuberant, athletic nineteen year old, an aspiring doctor and an all star baseball player who loved the Yankees A golden Am I paralyzed Am I going to die Those were the questions Joshua Prager asked a paramedic on May 16, 1990, after the minibus he d been traveling in during a visit to Israel was blindsided by a runaway truck At the start of that day, he had been an exuberant, athletic nineteen year old, an aspiring doctor and an all star baseball player who loved the Yankees A golden future seemed assured The accident, in which Prager suffered a broken neck, instantly turned his life from before to after In Half Life Reflections from Jerusalem on a Broken Neck, Prager, an award winning journalist, delivers an often agonizing, frequently comic, and always soulful account of a young man s attempt to survive a near fatal injury and recover his formerly carefree existence, only to discover that it is gone forever Prager s determination to make a new life for himself fully bears comparison with Jean Dominique Bauby s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, in which a man trapped in his own motionless body overcomes his limitations with a mind and heart free to travel anywhere.But Prager is no meek paragon of sickroom virtue He spares no one in his account not insensitive doctors, not irritable nurses, and not himself On a trip from the hospital to his childhood home, he struggles to crawl up the steps, despite doctors orders to stay away from stairs He threatens to sue Columbia University to make it accessible to the disabled Eager to date, he must find a way to fend off the pity of potential girlfriends And yet he is not too proud to make use of the disabled section in order to attend a sold out Bruce Springsteen concert To celebrate his half life, he wants nothing than to play a game of catch with his father.The columnist George Will has lauded Prager for his exemplary journalistic sleuthing, skills that the now forty one year old writer has applied to recording the highs and lows of his life so far Rich in literary allusion and bursting with heart, Half Life is, in the end, less about the loss of physical powers and about the growth of a mind and an indomitable will.

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    1 thought on “Half-Life: Reflections from Jerusalem on a Broken Neck”

    1. Read this book for Prager's insights into why lives change and what it can teach. Read this book in order to get a glimpse into how other people feel and how trauma changes a person. Read this book for perceptions on memory, on how we invent memories in order to make sense of our lives. Joshua Prager is an accomplished writer and he has good material honed from his own life in this moving memoir.

    2. I came across the author via his TED talk (like many of the other people who have reviewed his book it seems). Joshua Prager comes across as a thoughtful guy with a lot of self-reflection and as such I wanted to give this book a higher rating. It felt almost mean spirited to do otherwise. Prager says in the book that he wants his writing to be judged for what it is and not have the writing be criticised or be given credit because of his disability. is writing should stand in its own. And therefo [...]

    3. I was drawn to this book after seeing Joshua Prager's TED talk about his accident and his return to its scene. Joshua Prager's story is very compelling and he's very likable. His resilience in the face of a truly life-altering event is admirable. I liked the book but I think it would have benefited from better editing. Josh bounces around in time too much and it is nearly impossible for the user to keep track at each point of whether Josh is talking about the time of the accident, a return visit [...]

    4. An interesting read. Joshua Prager reflects on his life as two halves being divided by an unfortunate accident that left him physically injured for life yet mentally strong and quite resilient. Even with his physical limitations he continues on to live a fulfilled life while searching for answers and yearnings that we as humans seek fruition. His story is poignant and personal, and yet has more quotes from others than I found necessary to make it complete would be my only negative critique.

    5. Interesting story but quite a lot of jumping between the past and present day. But it demonstrates the healing power of human body and the emotional power of forgiveness.

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