Suspense has been sacrificed to sadness and the melancholy of things calmly burning out. It should be a compulsory read on the subject which is becoming more and more intimidating and difficult to deal with within our society.
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View all 4 comments. Oct 12, Zainab Ali rated it liked it Shelves: medicine-and-doctors , latin-america. Through these characters, the novel explores people's different ways of dealing with sickness; how sickness affects patients and those who surround them. The novel is really good in most parts, but some parts just felt awkward or unnecessary, like the literary references, and most of the doctors inner thoughts about medicine, I don't know, they just didn't feel right.
Folding down corners is my method for marking significant to me passages, but it clearly wasn't working with this fiction novel because I was marking every page. I'd never read this Venezuelan author before, but I hope to find more of his work translated into English. Delicate prose, deep moral questions, and a stunning pace are what kept me ho Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa "Tears are very unliterary: they have no form.
Delicate prose, deep moral questions, and a stunning pace are what kept me hooked into reading this in one sitting. The story itself is rather simple: a successful doctor discovers that his father is seriously ill. Their close relationship is strained as the son weighs the consequences of telling his father the details of his illness. In the meantime, another man, virtually unknown to the doctor, begins stalking him, imagining that he holds the cure for the the list of complaints he suffers from.
There's a push and pull to the narrative, as the poignant moments between father and son,nuanced with shared memories of grief, intertwine with the creepy certainty of the stalker. Because of the health issues that permeate the novel, questions about the nature of health and wellness are explored, but in a brief, compelling way.
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The author cites quotes of famous authors, ethicists and physicians, but he's not showing off, they are actually appropriate observations of how the human body deals with illness. These asides never go too long or feel like a lecture, they fit the material in the most uncanny way. For example, Tyszka quotes Julio Ramon Ribeyro, who provides possibly the best explanation for the euphoria that exists after an episode of physical pain: "Physical pain is the great regulator of our passions and ambitions. Its presence immediately neutralizes all other desires apart from the desire for the pain to go away.
This life that we reject because it seems to us boring, unfair, mediocre or absurd suddenly seems priceless: we accept it as it is, with all its defects, as long as it doesn't present itself to us in its vilest form - pain. On trying to read the face of a doctor while awaiting possibly bad news: "It's the illustration that accompanies a bad diagnosis, the first installment of an expression of condolence.
What do you dream about when you're sixty-nine? Perhaps this is what his father dreams about: he's in a laboratory, in the bowels of a hospital, surrounded by chemicals, sharp implements, gauze, and strangers all repellently dressed in white You feel empathy and disgust in altering passages, and the underlying fear is riveting.
I did find the ending a bit confusing I still am not sure I've understood all the implications laid out. One scene confounds me: It takes place on a ferry, where an obnoxious businessman makes a production of his 'importance' and maltreats his seemingly intelligent and kind wife, all the way to the point of beating her to the ground.
I'm not sure what the symbolism is, although I know it's present in that scene. Is Tyszka trying to say that people are subject to humiliation, by oppression or illness, no matter how virtuous they are? In full, this is easily going to be in my list of favorites for the year. While the subject revolves around illness, it never quite defines which 'illness' is being addressed: is it disease?
The questions are posed, and only each individual reader can answer. Apr 21, Isabelle rated it really liked it. Ever since I finished reading this novel, I have been thinking about how I might speak about it. What is it about?
What point does it make? How did I experience it? Each time I do so, I answer those questions differently, which is, in and of itself, very fascinating to me. So, starting with the obvious, it is a novel about sickness, real and fatal or perceived and just as crippling. It is also a novel about obsession, that of others for us, and that of ourselves turned inwardly. It is about grief, a Ever since I finished reading this novel, I have been thinking about how I might speak about it. It is about grief, always real, about closure, needed and dreaded, about loneliness, inevitable.
But it is also a story about compassion and love as one experiences them when nothing else is left. Throughout the book, each character experiences a disintegration of what they held dear, of what made their life and a fraying of the cloak of dignity that they had come to mistake for their identity. When all of that crumbles, all that is left is their resplendent humanity.
And for all of us who have lost a parent or escorted a loved one through the end of life, this is not a novel Oct 09, Ugh rated it liked it.
I didn't like the omniscient narration. I didn't like the use of the present tense. I didn't like the frequent quoting of other writer's material by the omniscient narrator, in what seemed to be a plucking of bricks from the fourth wall. I also didn't find the book that inspired or inspiring. However, this latter may be because I read about health and healthcare 5-days a week, and I recognize that others may well find the book both of these things. Plus, I did like it more as it progressed, and I didn't like the omniscient narration.
Plus, I did like it more as it progressed, and I did find it quite a compulsive read, and middlingly poignant. I think I'd have been more impressed with it if I'd read less of what I've read at work over the past year. Having said that, my annoyances would remain. So, three stars. This book is our September book club pick with a theme of Venezuela. It was a sad tale of a son dealing with his father's terminal cancer diagnosis while a patient of his, deals with his own sickness. It was poignant a times and a quick read full of missed opportunities for the characters as they navigated the end of life.
May 28, Rosamund rated it liked it. A fine translation of an interesting book. I am not sure I appreciated its full meaning as I felt there is probably another level beyond the literal story of a doctor, his dying father, his secretary and a hypochondriac. Possibly something about the state of Venezuela. A thinking book. This was to be mixed with the personal turmoil of said doctor who has discovered that his father has inoperable cancer and can't bring himself to tell him This is did not happen!
Instead of the above I was introduced to Dr. Andreas Miranda and his fath "Why do we find it so hard to accept that life is pure chance? Andreas Miranda and his father Javier. Now I wasn't wrong about personal turmoil, Miranda senior has lung cancer and Andreas debates whether or not he should or even can tell him. This takes up a good half of the book granted it's only pages long.
The other half is filled with both Javier and Andreas coming to terms with the cancer and inevitably death. I'm sad to say I didn't feel for Andreas, of course we all react in different ways to difference crisis' but he has been portrayed in such a way that he almost come across as selfish and this is even after he has broken to the news to his father.
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However, the stalking hypochondriac is a minor feature of the book and really holds no impact into what the author has made the main focus of the book. He has hardly any contact with Dr. Miranda and no impact on his what-so-ever. The sell of Ernesto Duran, the hypochondriac, is also very questionable.
Make of it as you will but following the doctor a grand total of one time, in which he tried to talk to him about his "condition" and sending a few e-mails is hardly obsessive. I feel let down, not because of how the story between father and son was played out but because my hope of a thrilling, stalker based novel was nearly non-existent. However I do have praises, I loved how Alberto Barrera Tyszka adds in quotes from authors throughout showing a true literary passion. The research he has taken while writing this book is clear from the get-go.
Theodore Dalrymple of the British Medical Journal said while reviewing the book "I assumed this book was written by a doctor" and I believe this statement to be true. Like their predecessors, they also encountered savage Indians, and died of starvation and sickness. The number was soon reduced to four by the death of Captain Gosnold, who fell a victim to the sickness. Old English seocnes "sickness, disease; a disease;" see sick adj.
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