Buy Used
CDN$ 0.01
+ CDN$ 6.49 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Very gently used. Tight binding and clean pages.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Good Doctor Paperback – Sep 7 2004

3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

See all 18 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback, Sep 7 2004
CDN$ 8.72 CDN$ 0.01

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
click to open popover

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Grove Press (Sept. 7 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802141692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802141699
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #633,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition
Frank Eloff and Laurence Waters, two doctors of different generations, different personalities, and opposing perspectives, are thrown together - sharing a room - when the younger, Laurence, joins the small medical team in a dilapidated hospital in a remote part of South Africa. Damon Galgut, award winning South African author, builds his intense and thought provoking novel around these two opposing characters, their different approaches to the challenges facing the hospital and its community, and, fundamentally, their contrasting beliefs of what is "good", moral and ethical. But, the author also goes beyond the personal level into a broader portrait of South Africa and its ongoing challenges and contradictions. The scenario, centred on a hospital in a remote part of the country and caught between past and present, is like an emblematic representation of a South African society that continues to struggles to build the new era while being incessantly drawn back into the lingering problems of the past.

Situated in the former capital of one of the apartheid-era "bantustans" (Homelands), the hospital appears to have since been forgotten by those in central government: everything is lacking including the patients. Villagers may not even realize that the hospital exists... Frank is going through a midlife crisis of sorts, "self-exiled", and resigned. And he feels stuck, "living in no man's land". And when the large shadows of a violent past come back to haunt him, Frank has to revisit his own behaviour, then and now. Laurence, by contrast, is the idealistic young medical volunteer, who believes he can change the world and pull the others along. His naiveté can be endearing but also dangerous when combined with his rigid moral convictions.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Reading the other reviews I must agree that the writer is very vague about location and the characters are not very well developed. But it's very enjoyable nonetheless. It feels like, as the reader, you just walk in and get a snapshot of these people's lives for a short time. There isn't much of an introduction and there isn't much of an ending. And nobody really explains why you're there, where you are, etc. But what you do get to see and find out about the characters make for a nice book.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
This is not a book for those who are uncomfortable with unspoken tensions and moral ambiguity. Galgut's gift lies in his ability to strip a story down to it's most essential conflicts and in doing so create a disturbing portrait of the uneasy reality that haunts post Apartheid South Africa.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category


Feedback