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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual to say the least
This took me a while to get into. I was pleased I'd taken it away with me and had nothing else to read; otherwise at home I may have not continued reading it. It is very strange with elements of Freud appearing in the fictitious prose.

Dr Simmonds is a batchelor in 1950s London (I believe he's in his 40s). He is given - by 2 different people - a copy of a...
Published on 1 April 2007 by SJSmith

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3.0 out of 5 stars Puzzling and therefore ulimately unsatisfying
A strange book. Beautifully written by the poet Dannie Abse,it tells the story of Simmonds, a London GP, prevented from becoming a surgeon by a boyhood accident which damaged his hands, and possibly prevented from forming a permanent relationship by the facial scarring caused by the same accident. He forms an infatuation for a patient's wife and begins to identify with...
Published on 16 Oct. 2002 by K Mansfield


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual to say the least, 1 April 2007
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This took me a while to get into. I was pleased I'd taken it away with me and had nothing else to read; otherwise at home I may have not continued reading it. It is very strange with elements of Freud appearing in the fictitious prose.

Dr Simmonds is a batchelor in 1950s London (I believe he's in his 40s). He is given - by 2 different people - a copy of a 1905 Swedish classic 'Doctor Glas' which is a novel posing the question of a pure moral murder. This book sees Dr Simmonds becoming involved in the same circumstances that occur in the book he is given.

It takes a while to get into, but once you have it's worth it. Dr Simmonds is a dry character whose humour may not appeal to everyone. I like the line "it will be wonderful if cortisone does prove to be an effective remedy for severe rheumatoid arthritis. At present, the tapping noise of sticks on the road to Lourdes is too loud."

The ending seems to make it more like non-fiction than fiction when the 'journals' of Dr Simmonds are sold. However I don't feel like the end leaves the book complete.

Worth a read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Puzzling and therefore ulimately unsatisfying, 16 Oct. 2002
This review is from: The Strange Case of Dr.Simmonds and Dr.Glas (Hardcover)
A strange book. Beautifully written by the poet Dannie Abse,it tells the story of Simmonds, a London GP, prevented from becoming a surgeon by a boyhood accident which damaged his hands, and possibly prevented from forming a permanent relationship by the facial scarring caused by the same accident. He forms an infatuation for a patient's wife and begins to identify with the protagonist in a Swedish novel, Dr Glas, who murders his patient's husband. Lacking the courage of his convictions, Simmonds ulimately fails to kill the despised husband but brings about a fate which is infinitely worse. I didn't understand the ending ..
The best aspects of the book were the brilliant evocation of seedy, impoverished post-War Austerity London and the subtle attack on anti-Semitism.
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