Death and the Elephant by Raz Shaw

Review published on September 11, 2018.

This is quite an emotional read, but then stories about cancer always are. We lost my mother-in-law to cancer three years ago. I knew this would be difficult but there was two stands to this story which intertwined: cancer and gambling, both diseases.

This is a unique and well-written book. It can be uncomfortable at times, it can’t not be really, but at the same time the reader must read on. This is in your face, full on, honest, but I urge you to read this.

This book is about Raz (a theatre director) who has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma stage 4. For readers who do not know what this disease is, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is an uncommon cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout your body. The five-year survival rate is around 90%. With Raz having to deal with a gambling addition as well, it’s not a great combination. Readers experience what is going on in his mind, the highs and the extreme lows, but with a great sense of humour that comes out amidst this dreadful time as you join the “cancer club” as he describes this really graphic no holds barred account.

The author quotes the sentence most suffers will say “why me?” and why not whoever that you may not particularly like, but then the author turns this around to “Why not me?” and why he wanted to share this journey with the reader.

Will he find the right place to be in his life? Reader, please take time to read this.

Jane Brown 5/5

Death and the Elephant by Raz Shaw
Unbound 9781783524778 hbk Mar 2018

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