5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Puzzling and therefore ulimately unsatisfying,
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.