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...a way of actually doing something....,
This review is from: The Good Doctor (Paperback)
South African writer Damon Galgut takes a while to get going with this story of two doctors, rooming together in a half-derelict homeland hospital while the surrounding bushland seems haunted by memories of the last self-styled dictator, the Brigadier. The hospital is falling apart, some of its incumbents are helping the process by removing bits of machinery and beds. Frank Elof has been promised the post of his superior, Dr Ngema, when she leaves for a post in the city. Nothing has happened at the hospital for quite a long time, and then another doctor is sent as part of a community programme. Laurence Waters is young, idealistic, naÔve and determined to do good.
Frank's marriage has fallen apart and he has been conducting a kind of relationship with a woman who runs a small shop in a nearby village. Laurence takes a clinic out to this village and for a while it seems that his energy will promote changes to the moribund state of things. But something much more unexpected is about to happen, which will shake up the perceptions of everyone, and Frank most of all. This is a thriller which manages few thrills for the first three-quarters, but it is very economically put together and comes to a satisfying climax - only to hit a dying fall in the closing few pages. Taut, sparse, unpretentious, it's a good read.