Read It's Not Yet Dark Online Free - In 2008, Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (mnd). He was given four years to live.
In 2010, in a state of lung-function collapse, Simon knew with crystal clarity that now was not his time to die. Against all prevailing medical opinion, he chose to ventilate in order to stay alive.
Here, the young filmmaker, a husband and father of five small children draws us deeply into his inner world. Told in simply expressed and beautifully stark prose - in the vein of such memoirs as Jean-Dominique Bauby's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" - the result is an astonishing journey into a life which, though brutally compromised, is lived more fully and in the moment than most, revealing at its core the power of love its most potent.
Written using an eye-gaze computer, "It's Not Yet Dark" is an unforgettable book about relationships and family, about what connects and separates us as people and, ultimately, about what it means to be alive.
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August 29, 2017
3.25 Stars* (rounded down)
“It’s Not Yet Dark” is a memoir written by Simon Fitzmaurice, an Irish Film Maker, who was diagnosed with MND (Motor Neuron Disease a/k/a ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) a/k/a Lou Gehrigs’ Disease) at the age of 34. At the time of diagnosis, he was given 4 years to l...
August 08, 2017
"It's not important you know everything about ALS, about the specifics of the disease, about what it's like to have it. It's only important that you remember that behind every disease is a person. Remember that and you have everything you need to travel through my country."
Simon Fitzmaurice is an...
August 14, 2017
It’s only important that you remember that behind every disease is a person. Remember that and you have everything you need to travel through my country.
3.5 Stars. One month after his film was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival, Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice's foot began going limp. T...
December 02, 2015
This was an extraordinary book for me to read. Written by a successful film maker - and a marvellous writer - it was also written by someone almost completely immobilized by motor neurone disease. He wrote the book using a computer that could respond to eye movements.
I am someone who hates having...
July 30, 2017
I have read and am reviewing the Advance Reader's Copy of the book!
With his simple yet raw and beautiful prose, Simon Fitzmaurice pens a memoir about his life with ALS that is hard to put down. Fitzmaurice invites readers into his life and on his journey while, at the same time, discusses the imp...
June 27, 2015
This book was a punch in the stomach and a punch in the heart all at once. Devastating, heartbreaking, yet powerful and inspiring.
October 17, 2017
Simon Fitzmaurice had two of the keystones of a happy life: success in his professional life, love in his personal life. Then he noticed how his foot slapped on the pavement as he walked. Then he got diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Then he had everything taken away from him. Or did he?
August 22, 2017
My daughter recommended this book. I lost one of my dearest friends to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, so I took the recommendation in hopes that I would understand what he experienced. The author wrote this in a first person narrative, that made for a quick moving read. Fitzmaurice like my friend...
July 18, 2017
"It's Not Yet Dark" is a memoir by Simon Fitzmaurice, a filmaker, father, and husband, who is struck down in the prime of his life by ALS. Even if we are relatively healthy, there is a chance that something could strike us like that without warning. It is a slim chance (luckily!!!) but there is s...
October 10, 2017
At 165 pages, It’s Not Yet Dark is a book I read in one short sitting; but it is one that will stay with me forever. Written using an eye-gaze computer, Simon Fitzmaurice’s beautifully authored memoir is told simply and honestly. Sharing moments from his meeting of wife Ruth, the births of their...