writermala, January 19, 2011 (view all comments by writermala)
Reading it as I did in the backdrop of Baby Doc's return to Haiti it was so moving. Paul Farmer is certainly the epitome of what a Doctor promises to do when he takes the Hippocratic Oath. What he does is so far beyond the call of duty that no human being can aspire to emulate him.
Tracy Kidder has done a wonderful job of describing Farmer's single-handed battle in Haiti .
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by Michal D.,
Beautifully told, and entirely inspiring, Mountains Beyond Mountains is an exceptional look at the heroic life of Dr. Paul Farmer. Providing health care for hundreds of thousands in a remote, impoverished region of Haiti, Farmer's incomparable dedication brings change not only to the lives he touches directly, but to the efficacy of health care around the globe. Tracy Kidder compellingly proves that one person can make a difference, in this case in Herculean ways. Why read about a pioneering doctor out to change the world? It will change your outlook on humanity and move you to evaluate your place within it.
by Michal D.
by Publishers Weekly (Starred Review),
"In this excellent work, Pulitzer Prize-winner Kidder immerses himself in and beautifully explores the rich drama that exists in the life of Dr. Paul Farmer....Throughout, Kidder captures the almost saintly effect Farmer has on those whom he treats."
by Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review),
"[A] skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being."
by James Carroll, author of Constantine's Sword,
"A fine writer and his extraordinary subject: Tracy Kidder, in giving us Paul Farmer, lifts up an image of hope — and challenge — that the world urgently needs. Simply put, this is an important book."
by Ethan Canin, author of Carry Me Across the Water,
"A profoundly inspiring and important book about one of the truly great men of our time."
by Patricia Hampl, author of A Romantic Education,
"Saints are notoriously difficult people, but who knew one could be so funny, so utterly charming, and finally so deft in accomplishing that most impossible of all job descriptions — changing the world? Tracy Kidder's spellbinding story presents us with an unlikely saint and finally, with inspiration so compelling it makes the usual cynicism about global change seem indulgent foolishness."
Includes bibliographical references (p. -317).
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