- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (4 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099520699
- ISBN-13: 978-0099520696
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Direct Red: A Surgeon's Story Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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"Hard to imagine a better book, or a more original one...writes at least as well as many good novelists...funny, and honest, and beautifully done" (Claire Tomalin)
"Her wisdom, empathy, morality and self-awareness are very revealing... Her writing is as incisive, precise and clean as keyhole surgery" (The Times)
"A beautiful, haunting and upsetting book. Weston's prose is cool and elegant" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Direct Red is Gabriel Weston's memoir of the years she spent pursuing a surgical career... She examines these with an honesty that is both brave and uncomfortable" (Guardian)
"What a terrific book. Gabriel Weston's voice is so seductive; her wisdom so fresh and earned, and unimpaired by sentimentality, and yet you sense her empathy - and scintillating honesty - behind every well-turned sentence. She leaves you feeling that if push came to shove you'd want to be operated on by her" (Nicholas Shakespeare Daily Telegraph)
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Gabriel Weston certainly displays both ends of the compassion scale, seemingly none (and chastises herself for it) and then eventually immense which leads her to 'have a good word with herself' - which she does................
The style of writing is excellent and very readable. I've been in theatre hundreds of times (with work, no I am not medically trained at all) and her writing took me straight back in there. I particularly liked the politics that she described, again I have witnessed that a lot in my 22 years in the medical devices field.
I also liked her professional frailty - fancying patients - showing a human side that some consultants are unable to display, but perhaps the job creates that.
Extremely good book my only criticisms are that it was not about orthopaedics and the proof reading got a bit lazy in the last quarter.
A patient will never know what their doctor is really thinking or feeling at any point during treatment and this book provides an insight. The book is very well written and some of the situations are extremely comical, whilst others are very thought provoking and heart wrenching. Overall a really enjoyable and interesting read.
Weston is a surgeon in a big-city English hospital. Her book is divided into short, deftly-titled chapters, providing themes for her anecdotes and creating an interesting structure. 'Speed', for example, illustrates the importance of quick thinking and rapid action in saving lives; 'Hierarchy' delves into the power relations of a surgical ward, and 'Children' covers her time in the paediatric emergency room and children's department. Theming each section allows Weston to move around in time and to make important points about the surgical profession without muddling her narrative, and it really worked for me.
This is a beautifully written book that rings with the precise and matter-of-fact detail that a surgeon's eye is trained to notice. Weston's disclaimer points out that no one character or situation here is 'true' - but I don't think it really matters, because at the book's heart is a thoroughly authentic and experienced voice. There were some heartbreaking moments and some charming ones, some lyrical descriptions and some blisteringly earthy ones. Far from being frightened by the graphic surgical scenes, I found myself reassured by how much the human body can withstand, and how much a surgical team can do to mend it when it is broken. Highly recommended - though if you're squeamish you should probably give this one a miss!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book to border on individualistic egocentrism and very little during its earlier chapters on actual training. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Lamboozler (Simon Lammy)
Love this book. I love authors with a sense of humour, even over macabre situations!Published 4 months ago by Jen
A wonderful read. The writer tells it like it is, from her experiences as a trainee surgeon. Most unusual, refreshing, and engaging. Read morePublished 5 months ago by R F Nelson
Given as a birthday present to our 14 year old granddaughter.
An admirable introduction to a possible career in this field.
First books are often like first dates. They try too hard to make an impression and end up gauche and strained. Not Direct Red. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fishbonealice
A female surgeon's memoir of her medical then surgical training. A good read but needed more editing as endless stretches were repeated. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Blue Moon
I would happily recommend this book to anyone interested in surgery, or for that matter anyone about to have or have recently had surgery, Gabriel Weston provides a fascinating... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paul Gibson
Interesting read, an insight into her career at that time with all the trials and tribulations one would expect.Published 8 months ago by Macman
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