A scientifically sound yet accessible work detailing Groopman's experiences as both doctor & patient and the role emotions play in affecting the trajectory of illness. I first became interested in this title after hearing an interview with Groopman on NPR's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross." He spoke of his 10 year struggle with back problems; an experience that included a botched surgery and long convalescence. His recovery was hindered by skepticism and apathy on the part of the medical establishment- an establishment that he is sometimes ashamed to be part of. This experience forever changes him and his attudies towards his patients. This story and others, such as Groopman's missteps communicating with patients while a resident, are candidly revealed in his book. Throughout this book, many vivid stories of life, death and illness punctuate a discussion of medical research findings. Groopman successfully argues that hope & dispair, joy & saddness, alters human biology. Rigorous but never dry and tedious- sensitive yet not treacly like Chicken Soup for the Soul, this book shows us that the mind, body and soul are inexorably linked.
I am a fan of all things Tudor, so had consumed many fiction (e.g. Phillipa Gregory) and non-fiction (e.g. Jane Dunn) about Henry VIII and his offspring. This book is different from any I have read before. This is not just another bodice-ripping period piece like Showtime's The Tudors, it is actually beautifully written literature. A warning though, it may be difficult to keep track of the many characters without already being familiar with King Henry's court during the time of his separation from Katherine and marriage to Anne Boleyn. Excellent book all around!
I listened to this book pretty much over a single weekend. The writing is well done and you care for the protagonist, but, the storyline is meandering and seems pointless. It certainly sparked my interest in finding out the "real" story behind these two recluses. As others have pointed out, the truth of their lives needs little embellishment, yet this author decided to fabricate many of the details. It wasn't a bad book, just slightly disappointing. I found E.L. Doctorow's, The March, a more satisfying listen.
A promising start and good reader soon degenerates into thinly veiled right-wing preaching. At three hours, when I finally gave up on this novel, the storyline had not yet progressed beyond criticism of (democrat) government response to events recently past.
I like SK, especially his science fiction and fantasy. I adored The Stand and rather liked the Dark Tower series. This story didn't do much for me. I downloaded it based on the great reviews, managed to get through the whole thing and was a bit disgusted in the end. I suggest you pass on this one, there is better SK out there.
Like other reviewers, I loved Empire Falls so entered this one with high hopes. I was able to finish it, but it was not an enjoyable experience. The writing was excellent, but the story is a meandering stream headed nowhere.
I listened to this book nonstop, even to the point where I almost called in sick to work just to finish. It was gripping from the first 5 minutes. Just amazing!
Just a really great story and easier to follow than Mitchell's other work- Could Atlas. Of the two, I preferred this one, although both are beautifully written. On the surface the story appears straightforeward, but then makes strange turns. I generally dislike literal novels and prefer immersive fantasy, but this was some of both.
Set in Australia and Armenia, this novel is beautifully written. The bleak and wild landscapes compliment the characters as if one is a reflection of the other. Paced neither slow nor fast, enough action takes place to keep you interested. Reccomended.
Pulled in by the Eye of the World and the Great Hunt, I have become attached to the series, but this will be my last Jordan book. The plot becomes ever more meandering, with hundreds of pages passing and little or no action taking place. The characters wallow in adolescent angst. They are strangely attracted to, but disgusted with, the opposite sex, tantalized by nudity, but ashamed of their own bodies. Like teenagers they spent a lot of time obsessively discussing the object of their affection, and then denying the crush exists. For people supposedly engaged in a battle to save the world (and entering their early twenties), they are unbelievably self-absorbed and naive. The writing is adequate, not awful like Terry Brooks, but the dialog is so corny I cringe to hear it. My advice is to take a pass on this one.
A grim, riveting and, at times, disturbing look at how environmental factors can destabilize society, this book urges us to learn from history in order to preserve ourselves and our future. I only wish it had been unabridged.
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