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Book Title: The Good Doctor|
The author of the book: Damon Galgut
Edition: Grove Press
Date of issue: September 7th 2004
ISBN 13: 9780802141699
Format files: PDF
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Here we have four doctors and a male nurse in a small rural hospital in South Africa with no money, tables, spare beds or anything much material, and only one patient. Sounds like a sitcom or tragicomedy at least. But it's not.
The head of the hospital, a black female doctor and the male nurse who isn't trained and is a thief with a nasty angle in threats that he may or may not mean, are out to further their own career aims. The other three doctors, all white, are busy screwing either Maria, a very obliging (when her husband isn't around) local black shopkeeper, or the African-American fiancee of the earnest young doctor doing a year's work experience or bemoaning their lot. And all of them watching out for terrorist activity with veterans of the apartheid struggle from both sides seeking supremacy in the area and revenge. Political intrigues on a small scale abound in this area which had seen much action but few rewards.
There is a white car. It may be a red herring. Maria's husband has a white car. The terrorist murderers have a white car. The white car is seen on many occasions. Maybe it is the same car. Maybe there is only one murderer.
I tried to read it and gave up. Not my kind of book at all. I tried it because I had just picked up The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe and felt like another Southern Africa political book. But then I found it transformed into a play produced in South Africa with local actors and it was brilliant. So I 'read' it after all, and it was 5 star minus one because I'm still not sure I really understood it. Or perhaps there wasn't anything to understand, it was just laid out - this is how it is.
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Read information about the authorDamon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963. He wrote his first novel, A Sinless Season, when he was seventeen. His other books include Small Circle of Beings, The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs, The Quarry, The Good Doctor and The Impostor. The Good Doctor was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Dublin/IMPAC Award. The Imposter was also shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He lives in Cape Town.
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