The Doctor is Sick review Ï 3

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The Doctor is Sick review Ï 3 À Fine sly rich comedy —The New York Times Book ReviewDr Edwin Spindrift has been sent home from Burma with a brain tumor Closer to words than to people his sense of reality is further altered by his condition When he escapes from the hospital the night before his surgery things and people he hardly knew existed outsideHings and people he hardly knew existed outside of his dictionaries swoop down on him as he careens through adventures in nighttime Lond. I have an alternating 3 star5 star relationship with Burgess this falling into the former category The titular doctor is a linguist and the book is about the power of words or perhaps the powerlessness of words in some cases It is freuently funny but sometimes impenetrably British and hard to understand There isn’t much of a plot either it’s of an odyssey through the London underworld Fun with colorful characters thoughFyi in keeping with the linguist theme there are some offensive words involved Two stereotypically Jewish characters are described doing things ‘jewishly’ and there’s a recurring black dog named well you can probably guess The name turns into a plot device but the payoff isn’t worth the offense

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Fine sly rich comedy The New York Times Book ReviewDr Edwin Spindrift has been sent home from Burma with a brain tumor Closer to words. It made me very uncomfortable The narrator was delightfully crazily unreliable and it was so darkly funny it was hardly funny sometimes I don't know I wanted to like it than I did but I'm a precious flower and I hate the idea of having nowhere to sleep at night so when characters choose such a lifestyle I find it difficult to enjoy the story Which is stupid I knowI never expected to like any Burgess though so at least that's over If I didn't need so much to identify with a character I'd have enjoyed the story but it was all so alien and kind of wonderfully horrible I had a harder time with it than necessaryIn sum I appreciated the playing with language but overall it left me cold in a way that speaks poorly about my ability to read a book than the book itself The end

review The Doctor is Sick

The Doctor is SickThan to people his sense of reality is further altered by his condition When he escapes from the hospital the night before his surgery t. This is a very funny book You will enjoy it in a bit different way if you know that A Burgess was diagnosed with a brain tumor that time and went through all the most unpleasant brain checks himself