Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Review: 100 Days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi

This book is utterly charming.  Fausto Brizzi is an Italian filmmaker and he has a great sense for the visual and an emotional scene.  The book is touching and rarely falls into the unexpected.

Lucio, a 40 year old Roman fitness trainer finds out he has terminal cancer and will die in about 100 days.  He decides to choose assisted suicide at that date as he has no chance of being cured and doesn't want to deteriorate to the final stages.  And he vows to document those last 100 days and accomplish a few things.

Obviously, this book tugs on your heart and makes you think.

Lucio is estranged from his wife, whom he truly loves, because he cheated.  He wants to win her back before he dies.  And he also wants to leave something behind for his children.  His father in law and two lifelong friends help him on his path.

The book is surprisingly upbeat but also profound.  I recommend it highly.

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