As a Vietnam combat veteran I finally got around to this well-known classic. I was very moved and taken right back to the sights and sounds and emotions of leading a platoon in combat and trying to make good decisions and keep my Marines alive. The audio bonus piece written and read by Tim O'Brien is fantastic.
This fascinating whodunit suddenly ended with all the excitement of "who cares ?" It's as if the author got tired and just wanted to end the story.
Listening to Simon Vance's Scottish brogue was well worth the time. He brought great feeling to the various characters.
I read this hoping to gain insight into how and why the modern Middle East was created. On that score I was greatly disappointed. Upon further research I found the classic account in the book " A Peace to End All Peace" by David Fromkin. I now realize that T.E. Lawrence was only a minor player. As Fromkin says in his Introduction "...the Arab Revolt...occurred not so much in reality as in the wonderful imagination of T.E. Lawrence, a teller of fantastic tales whom the American showman Lowell Thomas transformed into " Lawrence of Arabia." Originally published in 1989, Fromkin's book and his Afterword to the 2009 Edition are extremely insightful. So if you're interested in Lawrence the person then buy "Lawrence in Arabia." If your larger goal is understanding the modern Middle East then read "A Peace to End All Peace."
Yes, the water was rising and yes, the electricity went out and yes, the backup generators finally failed as well and yes, the toilets overflowed. So do we just kill the patients who were within hours of being rescued? The hospital had food, water, and medications. This book isn't about difficult triage decisions which have to be made in a disaster situation e.g., who gets treated or medevaced out first, who gets the last vial of medicine,etc.The patients to whom Dr. Pou gave lethal injections weren't asking to die. She wasn't giving palliative medicine intended to alleviate pain or anxiety. She INTENDED to kill them without having consulted with them or their families. She has never explained why she did it. The story made me angry that she got away with it.
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