The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor

Book - 2003
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When Laurence Waters arrives at his rural hospital posting in a former homeland of the new South Africa, Frank, a fellow doctor there, is instantly suspicious. Laurence is everything Frank is not -- young, optimistic, and full of new schemes. The two become uneasy friends, while the rest of the meagre staff in the deserted hospital view Laurence with a mixture of awe and mistrust. The tired, ghostly town beyond the hospital is also coping with new arrivals, and the return of old faces. The Brigadier, a self-fashioned dictator from apartheid days, is rumoured to be still alive. And down at Mama's Place, the town's only watering hole, a group of soldiers have moved in with their malign commandant, a man Frank has met before and is keen to avoid for his own dark reasons. Laurence wants to help -- but in a world where the past is demanding restitution from the present, his ill-starred idealism cannot last. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : McClelland & Stewart, c2003.
ISBN: 9780771032738
0771032730
Characteristics: 215 pages ;,23 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

You won’t really know where or when you are, or what exactly is happening in Galgut’s weirdly haunting parable. Somewhere in post-apartheid South Africa, in a decrepit ghost hospital that no longer functions as much more than a place of grinding resignation for a few medical workers, a new, young doctor arrives. Laurence tackles his desire for change and renewal with a remorseless energy while Frank, a long-time resident doctor at the hospital, is listlessly resigned to the irrelevance of his life. Laurence’s actions disturb the fine balance of the others’ lives where inaction and cynicism have coexisted. And in the end, don’t expect to understand who the ‘good’ doctor is.

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Jul 29, 2011

The Good Doctor I would not classify as a "good" book. Do not pick this book if you want a stressfree experience.

The Good Doctor develops 2 very annoying characters, is vague, difficult to deal with situations. Like the hospital in the setting, and the main character Frank, this book floats along with little ambition, and at the end there is no closure. Interesting, but not my type of novel. Apparently, this novel is nominated for the Booker for this very reason.

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