explains dogs' makeup
description of studies that were able to define the extent and limits of dogs' ability to reason, the reason for the reactions we don't understand and how much we mistakenly ascribe to them.
this is my only one
Instead of a growing into the fascinating and nuanced character he could have been, Theo lets his life be wasted by attaching to insincere, trashy characters. He doesn't rise above it at all--except perhaps in the patched-on ending where he tries to get back to a state of integrity. I feel the book was a long waste of my time, wherein I waited for a readers' payoff that never came.
Prosaic, pedantic and judgmental with excessive uninteresting personal observations. maybe this is interesting to others, not me
disappointment and boredom
wasted my credit on this
Without repeating the information and recommendations of previous reviewers, I'd add that this book shines light on the excellent British traditions in taught and practiced by doctors educated in India. The novel seems straightforward but deepens and complicates with every chapter revealing a symphony of characters, plots, lives, families shot through with the ugly spirit of the times in Ethiopia. The characters become important to us and as the story moves we are also passively tossed by Ethiopia's civil war period.
I cried openly as I drove and at traffic light stops. I've listened again from the beginning and it is only more rich. This author has craft, insight and imagination moving this beautiful story along. Thank you Dr. Verghese.
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