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The Good Doctor

Damon Galgut

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73% of readers

recommend this book

Nominee:International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award -Fiction (2005)
A taut, intense tale of the dashed hopes of the post-apartheid era and the small betrayals that doom a friendship, The Good Doctor is an extraordinary parable of the corruption of the flesh and spirit. 224 pp

Book Details

  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • Publish Date: Sep 7th, 2004
  • Pages: 215
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.26in - 5.52in - 0.60in - 0.57lb
  • EAN: 9780802141699
  • Categories: Literary

Praise for this book

"A truly remarkable novel, steeped in contemporary history, yet at the same time transcending it. I was enthralled by its intensity and the immediacy of every small twist and turn of the story."
-Andre Brink
"A tremendous brave book. The author never flinches, and makes his hero's dark logic compelling and hair-rising. . . . Galgut writes like a man on a long fast night drive through bad places.... It's brilliant."
-Dermot Healy
"From the first page the reader is gripped by a rare twinning of convictions: that it is strange and new, and that the imaginative rendering is of the highest quality.... There are traces of J. M. Coetzee and Graham Greene but Damon Galgut is a true original."
-Geoff Dyer
"If there is a posterity, "The Good Doctor will be seen as one of the great literary triumphs of South Africa's transition, a novel that is in every way the equal of J.M. Coetzee's "Disgrace.... [Galgut is] a novelist of great and growing power."
-Rian Malan