Absolutely riveting. Written by his wife in a vibrant Greek style, From Doctor to Guinea-pig is
the story of Alex, a Greek doctor in Zaire in Central Africa, gifted and
generous, who contracts HIV. There are a lot of twists and turns to this story.
Alex is not a typical AIDS patient.
The author has the gift of
making the little things in life absorbing to her readers. With honesty,
compassion and humour, she has written a beautiful tribute to a remarkable man.
Trained in the university
hospital in Zaire, Alex first takes his teenage bride and baby daughter into
the wilds of Africa where, amidst deadly snakes, witch doctors and a superhuman
workload, his devotion to the hundreds of poor patients he ministers to every
day earns him the love and respect of all. The medical stories that the author
relates and the culture in which they live are equally fascinating.
I admire her courage. You will
weep with her and laugh with her, and understand the strain she is under living
with a man whom she loves but who is married to his profession. As their
relationship becomes fraught and increasingly complicated, the reader is caught
up in the unfolding catastrophe. Alex's initial denial of his diagnosis to his
family, and the trauma regarding confiding the truth about AIDS, are gripping.
It is clear that the suffering
due to Alex’s disease is very great, but it is equally clear that the author
has suffered during her marriage and afterwards. The beauty of this book is
that the reader is not tempted to judge between ex-husband and wife, though
best of friends. Rather, the author brings her readers to a point of peace in
which they are able to understand each protagonist.
This book is a lesson about
life, faith and learning to die. One of the most remarkable human dramas I have
read in a long time. 5
stars – outstanding.BUY NOW FROM AMAZON
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