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My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and its People in the Age of AIDS Paperback – 1 May 1995

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (1 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857992229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857992229
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 688,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST

"A fine mix of compassion and precision.... Verghese makes indelible narratives of his cases, and they read like wrenching short stories."
--Pico Iyer, "Time"

"A richly textured portrait of a small Southern town.... Immensely moving. In describing his own odyssey as a healer, Verghese displays rare candor and eloquence."
--"USA Today

""Memorable.... Fascinating. We come away from My Own Country with an abiding admiration for the good and compassionate work Dr. Verghese has conducted."
--Michael Dorris, "Los Angeles Times

""Remarkable.... An account of the plague years in America. Beautifully written, fascinating and tragic, by a doctor who was changed and shaped by his patients."
--Perri Klass, "The New York Times Book Review


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NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST
"A fine mix of compassion and precision.... Verghese makes indelible narratives of his cases, and they read like wrenching short stories."
--Pico Iyer, "Time"
"A richly textured portrait of a small Southern town.... Immensely moving. In describing his own odyssey as a healer, Verghese displays rare candor and eloquence."
--"USA Today
""Memorable.... Fascinating. We come away from My Own Country with an abiding admiration for the good and compassionate work Dr. Verghese has conducted."
--Michael Dorris, "Los Angeles Times
""Remarkable.... An account of the plague years in America. Beautifully written, fascinating and tragic, by a doctor who was changed and shaped by his patients."
--Perri Klass, "The New York Times Book Review

"

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST
A fine mix of compassion and precision.... Verghese makes indelible narratives of his cases, and they read like wrenching short stories.
Pico Iyer, "Time"
A richly textured portrait of a small Southern town.... Immensely moving. In describing his own odyssey as a healer, Verghese displays rare candor and eloquence.
"USA Today
" Memorable.... Fascinating. We come away from My Own Country with an abiding admiration for the good and compassionate work Dr. Verghese has conducted.
Michael Dorris, "Los Angeles Times
" Remarkable.... An account of the plague years in America. Beautifully written, fascinating and tragic, by a doctor who was changed and shaped by his patients.
Perri Klass, "The New York Times Book Review

"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

A practicing physician and a professor of medicine at Stanford University, Abraham Verghese is the author of "My Own Country" and "Cutting for Stone". His writing has appeared in "The New Yorker", "Granta", and other publications. He lives in Palo Alto, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I read this some time ago but the story and descriptions are still ripe - from the author's description of the young man being brought in to hospital barely able to breathe (he was suffering from AIDS-related pneumonia) to the confusion and upset of families who never expected to be affected by AIDS as well as the prejudice faced by the author from within his own community because of the patients he treated. Some of the book is desperately bleak but there are some darkly humorous parts to the book. I defy anyone reading it to not be moved by it. Well worth reading.
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I love this book, Abraham Verghese is Honest, candid, (Even to the point of showing his own failings) and gives an amazing insight into the difficult world of the early years of HIV treatment in America seen from the viewpoint of a doctor that has made America his home,
even though it is Autobiographical it has the feeling of a novel, and you look forward to finding out what happens next. His descriptive writing is beautiful,If you enjoy watching ER you will enjoy this. I haven't finished yet, and I don't want to !
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I have read "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese and it will remain one of my all time favourite books.
This is very different, semi-autobiographical and reads more like a Doctor's paper on a medical subject - totally fascinating. I look forward to reading The Tennis Partner.
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I am a great fan of Abraham Verghese. I am waiting with bated breath for his new novel - written but not published yet.

My own country is about the emergence of AIDS in a small town in the US. Doctors originally thought it would stay in big cities like New York and Chicago. However, it eventually spread to the provinces and this is the true story of how Dr. Verghese coped with the victims and problems of HIV and full blown aids.
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I read this book further to the brilliant Cutting the Stone and The Tennis Player. Mr Verghese is so open and truthful about his life as a doctor specialising in AIDS and HIV in America. It is obvious from his writing that he is openminded and has a genuine desire to help people and make people's lives better. However I would say his fiction writing (Cutting the Stone) hits his message home more than non-fiction. That may say more about me as a reader than Mr Verghese as a writer though - the quality is excellent in both genres.
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It's difficult to review this book and give it the acclamation that it deserves. I was profoundly affected both by the courage of the men suffering from AIDS and for Doctor Abraham Verghese who ministered and cared for them and their families. Very occasionally one come across a book that stands out as unique and this is such a one.
Verghese's account of being a doctor in that small rural community in Tennesse is incredibly insightful, thought provoking and encouraging. His compassion and devotion to duty are exemplary. One could say without exaggeration that he exercised a priestly ministry to all those for whom he cared. Its a wonderful book written by an equally wonderful physician.
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Well written autobiography detailing the fight against aids and the effects on rural communities in America.This book gives an insight into the suffering and social stigma attached to both the victim and their families.I found it hard to put down.Even better by the same author is the novel Cutting for Stone.
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By A Customer on 28 Nov. 1998
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This book is a not only a first-rate story, but also is a great study of the conflict between several cultures (e.g., family, heritage, upbringing, the military, West Point, the Sixties) that shape Kai Ting's life. Gus Lee does a fantastic job of developing real, believable and thoroughly interesting characters, and really making the reader care about what happens to each of the people in the book. My only disappointment was that the book ended too soon! I wanted to read more! . . . unless the author's thinking was that he wanted the reader come up with his or her own continuation of the story, or perhaps we will someday see a sequel. I hope the latter is true.
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