The Case of Doctor Sachs

by Martin Winckler | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1583222618 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Trelk of Lancy, Genève Switzerland on 4/24/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Trelk from Lancy, Genève Switzerland on Monday, April 24, 2006
The character of a doctor comes to life through the impressions of his patients, colleagues, and friends. The events that transpire -- a casual phone conversation, a glimpse through a window, a woman who falls in love with her abortionist -- seem inconsequential, but their cumulative effect is devastating. In the end, the reader comes to understand that Dr. Sachs's empathy for his fellow man is both his raison d'etre and his own untreatable condition.

I bought the english translation of this wonderful book to share it with english-speaking readers. This is going to be an international bookray.

The list so far :

1. Nell-Lu (Scotland, int'l)
2. Rossella05 (UK, int'l)
3. Mary-T (Germany, int'l)
4. Sherlockfan (New Zealand, int'l)
5. amberC (Australia, domestic)

(order might change depending on shipping preferences)

And by the way, a great movie has been made based on the book. It's not been released on DVD yet but if you find the VHS or if it's on TV, do not miss it. One of the best adaptation I've ever seen. French title : La maladie de Sachs, directed by Michel Deville and starring Albert Dupontel.

Journal Entry 2 by Trelk from Lancy, Genève Switzerland on Monday, May 01, 2006
Nell-Lu, you're the only one to have joined so far.

If no one else joins before you finish reading it, release it, start another ring/ray or keep it in your permanent collection.

Edit : Shipped on May 2nd

Edit2 (May 13) : You're not alone anymore Nell-Lu

Journal Entry 3 by Nell-Lu from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, May 08, 2006
Thanks again, Trelk, for sending this book, Omaha Bigelow, a great postcard, and some chocolate. I really love receiving packages like this!

I had three bookray books arrive on Saturday and three today, so I won't be able to get onto this one straight away. I'm going to leave it until I have finished the others (one of the Saturday arrivals is already finished and in the post, so only four more to go before this one) because there isn't anyone else waiting to read it at the moment. Hope that's okay. I will get onto it next week - I'm looking forward to it.

Journal Entry 4 by Nell-Lu from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Excellent book! I really enjoyed this. I found the unusual narrative technique very effective. All of the characters were brought to life and I liked the way links between them were explored in a non-linear way, so we keep finding out interesting things.

The only negative for me was the translation - at first, it really got in the way to have to translate the American English into British English. The tone felt somehow wrong. Anyway, after a while I stopped noticing the translation as I got into the book. I just wish my French was good enough to read the original. As most of the book was written in the second person, I'd have liked to get the extra information as to which characters use "tu" and which "vous". I thought perhaps the few third-person passages were the translator's version of "vous", but it turned out that this wasn't the case.

I'm just off to PM Rossella05 for an address and will get this in the post as soon as I hear back.

UPDATE 24 MAY 2006: I sent this to Rossella05 yesterday afternoon.

Journal Entry 5 by XIV-590003 on Thursday, May 25, 2006
It's here and it's next on my TBR list.

Thank you for the lovely card Nell-Lu.

Journal Entry 6 by XIV-590003 on Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Finished it last night. I don't remember reading a book written in the second person before, it suited the story perfectly and it's what attracted me to it in the first place. It got me thinking about my own relationship with my current and past doctors and how they affected my perceptions of Medicine in general, which reflect in many ways Dr Sach's, particularly when it comes to treating patients with dignity. I like that it's touching without being overly sentimental and a few twists keep the story from becoming monotonous. A very interesting read that I will recommend to others, I'm glad I took chance on it, thank you Trelk.

I've PMed Mary-T just now for her address and will send the book on my next visit to the post office.

Edit.13Jun06 Mailed today!

Journal Entry 7 by Mary-T from Bretzfeld, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Friday, June 16, 2006
Dr. Sachs arrived today. Thanks for shipping, Rosella05, and also for the nice postcard! :)
Well - I think it will take me some time since right now a lot of bookrings arrived... but I'll try to be fast...

Well - this is really a strange book...
I've never read a book like this. First the style was really unusual to read. But what really bothered me in the beginning were the detailed desriptions. This was not really interesting.
Later on I liked some stories and I got used to the style.
But still there were passages I skipped.
Anyway - it didn't really grab me.
Nevertheless I thank Trelk for the oppertunity to read this! :)

14.8.06 update
Unfortunately I got no response of my PMs I've sent to Sherlockfan and amberC.
I tried once more and send amberC a last PM. We'll see what happens...

As soon as I have the next address, Dr. Sachs will go on journey.

16.8. update
now I have two addresses... ;)
Dr. Sachs will start travelling to Sherlockfan tomorrow at first.

Journal Entry 8 by wingSherlockfanwing from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, October 23, 2006
Received in the post this weekend, thanks Mary-T.
I'm very euphoric at the moment having just returned from the Australian 2006 BC Convention in Adelaide. It was really so enjoyable meeting so many interesting and enthusiastic booklovers.

I'm organising the next NZ convention in my home city of Wellington 16 - 18 February and have come home with lots of ideas.

Although I've come back with a case full of books this is the only bookring on hand so I should get on to it when I finish my current read.

Journal Entry 9 by wingSherlockfanwing from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Sunday, October 29, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed this book once I got used to the very unusual style of presentation. Bruno's life through so many different eyes was quite fascinating; his humantiy and total caring attitude was refreshing indeed.
The French health system appeared to be very different from anglo-saxon systems I'm vaguely familiar with, especially with the readiness with which home visits were an integral party of the doctor patient relationship.
The scenes covered about 20 years but even at the end the families depicted still seemed quaint and old-fashioned; very much village life.
I'd have liked our family to be a patients of Bruno's. But our female Greek GP is just as good - and even makes house calls if necessary.
Pm-ing amberC for her address today.

Journal Entry 10 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Monday, November 20, 2006
Arrived today. I love the NZ notepaper sherlockfan. As I'm last on the list I will read a couple of other books I owe people before I start this.

Journal Entry 11 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Wednesday, September 02, 2009
I just found this book got mixed up with other things when I moved a few years ago.

I'm sorry to have had it for so long.

The story of Dr Sachs and his patients was interesting but I found the writing style annoying.

Journal Entry 12 by wingamberCwing at Darwin, Meet-up -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (9/16/2009 UTC) at Darwin, Meet-up -- Controlled Releases



Taking to a mini-meet-up with a visiting bookcrosser.

Journal Entry 13 by wingJ4shawwing from Boise, Idaho USA on Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Collected today in person from AmberC at a Darwin Mini Meetup at Gloria Jeans Coffee Shop on Mitchell Street, Darwin NT.
Lovely to meet up with you, and thank you for taking the time out to get together.

Journal Entry 14 by wingJ4shawwing at Randomly in Marysville in Marysville, Victoria Australia on Saturday, November 14, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (11/14/2009 UTC) at Randomly in Marysville in Marysville, Victoria Australia


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