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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Six Months in Sudan

Well life has been pretty crazy over the past year, but I have been trying to get back into reading more (I LOVE to read). This was one book I've been working on and finished a few weeks ago.

It is called Six Months in Sudan. by James Maskalyk. This is a non-fiction account of a fairly new doctor's (from Toronto! Yeah Canada!) journey to a village called Abyei in Sudan and his time working in the hospital there. While he was there he wrote a blog about his experiences. That's a pretty far-reaching statement as this 'blog' is probably not what we might consider to be a blog. He didn't have a lot of resources or time, so the posts that he was able to put up are short and contain the most blunt window into human emotions, suffering and so many things. He then took his posts and expanded them into a fully written novel. For anyone, anyone looking to get into the medical field, anyone interested in third world settings or anyone interested is anything besides themselves, will LOVE this book. Some of the stories are heartbreaking, but often it is also told in an emotionally cut-off way (as is needed by any doctor, but especially by this doctor that has 20x a manageable workload with barely any resources) and sometimes a too-emotional way (not seen by physicians in first world countries, but somehow appropriate in this setting). I'm sure you now have no idea what I am talking about, ha ha, as those sentences made NO sense.

Nevertheless, please read this, it is fantastic.


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