- Author Damon Galgut
I quite enjoyed this, but I can’t exactly put my finger on why. The Good Doctor tells the story of a rundown, almost empty African hospital, staffed by a disparate bunch of doctors and nurses. Our protagonist tells of the arrival of a young, new doctor who wants to improve the situation, and we run through their various adventures and reflect on life up to that point.
The writing is evocative and moving, it draws you in but also keeps you at arms length. You feel each emotion but there’s a detachment to the whole thing, a lost feeling that I think is deliberate - it echoes the abandoned nature of the village and the hospital setting.
The ending is sort of ambiguous, not exactly satisfactory, but you never really expect it to be. I enjoyed the process of reading it, but the story has left me a bit bewildered, wondering whether there was a point and if I missed it, or if it was all about the journey.