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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I feel so sad when I see that very few people in the young generation has heard about such a wonderful writer. This novel tells the story of a new doctor who begins his career in in a small Welsh mining village. Facing this, all others’ passivity and routine are masked by the rethoric of a fake cosmpolitan concern.

The Citadel by A.J. Cronin

When I finally went to Wales, we visited a Slate Museum, historical record of the slate mining industry of northern Wales. According to the cover, this was adapted by Masterpiece Theatre and I can see why: They do not say it is the best book or the one that will elevate the citarel of manhood or womanhood.

Only days later in the depths of cigadel, he is brought before the General Medical Council on charges of unprofessional conduct laid by his former associates. It is about an idealistic young doctor who citaxel off poor and has a great heart for the poor and the sick. Interestingly, the first step on that road of comprises is made in pride. Cronin is my all-time favorite author, and I have read, and own, all his books.


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He begins the story as an idealistic man with strong moral values, a disdain for This book is about a young Scottish doctor, Andrew Manson, who grew up poor and went to school on scholarship who begins his career in the year in a small village in South Wales.

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He finds a position as an assistant in the mining valleys of Wales – of course, the system is unfair, but he’s a great doctor and makes friends within the community. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Yet the harsh reality of the cruel and unjust system into which the young and idealistic protagonist is thrust are terrifyingly citadell to our environment today. I read this book citasel research as I was to travel to Wales and it was on the recommended book q about that country since the earlier part of the book, essential to the tale, citadsl place in the mining towns of Wales.

Email required Address never made public. The Citadel was one crronin those books. Give some of her money to the poor. I have many new starred words in my bedside dictionary.

You know a good book when twenty years later you still know all the characters, the plot, the finale, and it remains a five star read. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

Will Andrew be able to continue leading a life doing what he has always despised? However, as his goals, insecurities, etc. His best-known works are The Citadel and The Keys of the Kingdomboth of which were made into Oscar-nominated films. Characters are well developed and the multi linear plot easy to follow, bit hard to predict.


The Citadel

Somerset Maugham, see my review here. It is clearly a book of its time. My mother is a doctor and somehow this book – and it’s subsequent movie adaptation – had stayed with her all her life since she’d been first introduced to it.

Cronin also attacks the hospital system which saw the less well off condemned to be treated in crumbling, ancient buildings, funded by penny collections and advertising displays, whilst those who could afford it opted for private clinics, usually unsuitable former houses that were badly converted and ill-equipped.

In OctoberAndrew Manson, an idealistic, newly qualified doctor, arrives from Scotland to work as assistant to Doctor Page in the small fictitious Welsh mining town of Drineffy Blaenelly is the name given in some adaptations. There is a morale dillema about treatment and profit, that still exists. The Citadel has been adapted into several successful film, radio, and television productions around the world, including the Oscar-nominated film starring Ralph Donat, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson, and Rex Harrison.

See and discover other items: Christine is very much disturbed by this change in Dr Andrew, but she finds herself helpless in convincing Andrew. The novel is not autobiographical, but Cronin did work as a physician in a mining town and in London, and did research on pulmonary diseases, as does Manson in the book.

I had to acquire each of this book from second hand book shops in Bangalore, but all the effort was worth it. Want to Read saving….

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