4 out of 4 stars
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In Living in Color by Mike Murphy, Mike pens down the life, times and memories he had with his soulmate and significant other, Margot who had battled cancer for almost a decade but it (cancer) beat her this time around. Their love affair started in a complicated way because both of them had already been married before finding themselves. Both of them agreed to tread the path of brevity and save their respective spouses, the trouble of infidelity by calling it quits with their spouses. Suddenly, Margot is diagnosed with cancer, months into their blissful marriage depriving her the joy of motherhood. She believed she could beat it, taking the necessary medication and sessions of chemotherapy all through the the years she had been with Mike. The last cancer came, and as usual, she believed she could beat it this time. Unfortunately, cancer beat her this time. Mike chose to appreciate the time, love and self she gave him by putting down their love journey in a book.
Mike's book is a simple yet intriguing piece of work. It is a combination and flashbacks of love and pain. These are products which would interest curious readers but not without shedding a little tear. From the beginning of the book, I was presented with a sick wife, Margot. She was down with cancer without any glimmer of hope of survival. I was intrigued to read this and this intrigue continued till the end.
Mike appplied a little humor in his book. There was a laughing moment when Margot had gone for a friend's wedding with a wig she had bought, to conceal her bald head. When she came back, she walked up to Mike, furious and yelled at him saying" I look like I have a mop on my head! How could you not tell me, Mike?! It looks ridiculous".
I love the way he used pictures to do some explanations and to depict how really beautiful Margot was. I was dumbstruck when Margot told Mike " I want us to prick our fingers and mingle our blood as a symbol of our eternal love" and they had a blood covenant. This proved that the love they had for each other was out of this world. The way he wrote down each detail of of their time spent together was really admirable.
Living in Color would be entertaining for many people especially health practictioners. I do not think there is anything to not love about this book. This is because it is also educative. I enjoyed the medical jargon i had learnt from it.
I would recommend this book to all cancer survivors and most especially, to families who have lost a dear one to cancer. 4 out of 4 stars is the perfect rating for this book. Despite the simple nature of this book, I found no errors in the book.
Living in Color
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