For more on Cronin, see Dale Salwak, A. J. Cronin (Boston: Twayne Publishers, ) and J. A. Fisher, “A. J. Cronin–physician, author,”. Review by Sylvia D: The Citadel is a powerful attack on the medical system in this country before the inception of the National Health Service in. The Citadel by A J Cronin is one of the best books that I have read in my life. I remember one of my friends saying that he will not read this book.

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May 08, John86 rated it it was amazing. From there, he starts specializing in diseases of the lungs, gets his MD licence, works his way up the corporal ladder and very nearly sells his soul in his quest to “be someone”. Write a customer review. Customers who bought this item also bought. Manson has an earnest desire to improve his profession and to make his mark on the world. Essentially, he’s become everything he derided n in his career; his wife, however, still wants the simple life “one bedroom and a kitchen” would be ok with cigadel.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. He acquits himself brilliantly and leaves with his old friend Denny for work in the Midlands.

Manson haughtily departs a town in an offense to his character and intent. Curie’ Gets Non-Fiction Award Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Manson is a character that many a good doctor might empathize with and his trajectory through the novel is as human as such portrayals go.

I found out about the book while working as a physician in Paraguay. Eager to improve the lives of his patients, mainly coal miners, Manson dedicates many hours to research in his chosen field of lung disease.


The Citadel by A. J. Cronin

In this book Cronin has a weakness towards tell don’t show, rather than letting characters emerge through their dialogue or actions and his use of Manson’s wife – really potentially an interesting figure in her own right – is wasteful. Cronin is my all-time favorite author, and I have read, and own, all his books.

The Citadel is my all-time favorite novel. For his fifth book, Dr. He moves to Aberalaw where he works hard with miners to prove that silicosis is an industrial disease. If you like a good story you will enjoy this book.

El buen sabor que me deja el libro es porque describe una historia que a todo el mundo se le ha ocurrido alguna vez.

You will enjoy walking in his shoes. Wondering why I never got around reading his other books! Therefore it came hig Back in the day when I was a kid in hostel Instead, Cronin blames the organization of health services, the nature of doctor training, and the arrogance of the profession for the failure of medicine to improve the well-being of the population.

Give some of her money to the poor. There is quite a lot of social commentary like this in the book. Christine is not happy with the change and their once idyllic relationship begins to fall apart.

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This is not an attack against individuals, but against a system. Dr Andrew looks forward to do a lot of research on lung related diseases with total support from Christine. Citaddl Stars Look Down. Lists with This Book.

With irony, he features the perquisites attendant on medical meetings p. It sounds very grim though. I read this book as research as I was to travel to Wales and it was on the recommended book list about that country since the earlier part of the book, essential to the tale, takes place in the mining towns of Wales.

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One other best quality associated with his books is that his characters are very human. To view it, click here. There he pursuit to become a prestigious doctor by submitting fitadel a board examination. It is the story of falling and then getting back up again. Christine helps her husband with his silicosis research. Then he’s pushed out, and moves to another mining community where, now newly married, he continues his iconoclastic ways.

The Citadel was one of those books. He is idealistic, but he quickly learns that his training is inadequate and that his hemiplegic employer will never return to practice.

Siento no poder sacarle fallos, me ha conmovido. Then he’s pushed out, and mo You know you’re reading an old book when you read about “gay meals” among other outdated phrases.