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His arms, strong as the paws of a bear, closed on me in a clasp, holding me tight as in a vice. I regret not reading it before I had read all other classics, Oof sure my review would be different. I drove at once to the Hopital Beaujon. Concern about the hardcover edition.
THE STORY OF SAN MICHELE
Why should not the born criminals, the chronic evil-doers, condemned to waste their remaining life in stkry, useless and often dangerous to others and to themselves, why should not these inveterate offenders against our laws be offered a reduction of their penal servitude if they were willing to- submit under anaesthetics to certain experiments on their living bodies for the benefit of man- kind?
Had they ceased to exist or were they only asleep? I thought this was going to be a dreamy novel about Capri but it turned out to be more of a medical memoir. I walked back through the empty lanes steering as straight as I could for my goal. The terrible and often losing battles of the time, fought against rabies, cholera, diphtheria and tuberculosis, with families often blighted with the death of a child or parent.
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It is an instantaneous and painless death, life is extinguished like the candle you blow out. We passed through the village and halted at Punta Tragara. Why should not Doctor Woronoff, the practical value of his invention be it what it may, be allowed to open up an enlisting office in the prisons for those willing to enroll themselves as substitutes for his wretched monkeys? One morning I found him lying on his bed with the blanket pulled over his head, just as my patients in the Salle St.
Try as they might, they couldn’t lose him – and soon Mikael realised that he didn’t want to. Already I had learned to handle the sharp edged weapons of surgery, to fight on more equal terms the implacable Foe, who, scythe in hand, wandered His rounds in the wards, always ready to slay, always at hand any hour of the day or of the night.
No doubt they had their faults, these nuns. He seemed to think he knew everything, antique art, architecture, psychology, Death and Hereafter.
You can’t hide your amusement when you read these passages about methods of curing of very popular then appendixwhich career ended when it turned out, horror of horrors! As I write ean I am reminded of a poor woman in Anacapri, a stranger to the village, slowly dying of consumption, so BOGS 61 slowly that one after another of the few comari who used to go and see her had got tired of her and left her to her fate.
Then she said she wanted a cab and I volunteered to take her there in my carriage. It is an incredible book, something to keep on your bedside table, to read one chapter at random when you feel down. I returned to my useless solitude in the old tower, humiliated and despondent.
The Story of San Michele by Axel Munthe
Instead of sitting in her arm-chair in mournful seclusion the whole day, worrying about her deafness, she now took a long walk twice a day in the garden for the sake of her beloved Loulou who was getting too fat and greatly in need of exercise. She was just twenty-five. No more michepe saint than Axel Munthe and nothing to sfory with him, I know! The Russian had gone to his own room to wash and on coming back a moment ago had found the studio door locked from the inside.
On beauty, there is San Michele. Everything that could possibly be done to minimize the sufferings of the laboratory dogs was done, even the keeper of the kennel at Villeneuve de TEtang, an ex-gendarme called Pernier, had been chosen for his post by Pasteur himself be- cause he was known as a great mujthe of dogs. I do like to review movies and never give a rating but I’ll make an exception here and give it full rating!
He was the most kind-hearted of men. Dec 31, Alfred Haplo rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is an amazing book: The maddened rats in the cholera slums of Naples, who frightened me to death, have long ago retreated in safety to their Roman sewers.
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Door-bell ringing and messages coming day and night with urgent letters and stort. But the stage on which the everlasting tragedy is enacted changes constantly to avoid monotony. He associated with a number of celebrities of his times, including Jean-Martin Charcot, Louis Pasteur, Henry James, and Guy de Maupassant, all of whom figure in the book.
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