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Mountains beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

EXCELLENT! WONDERFUL!

This book is incredibly inspiring and should be read by anyone who wonders if there is any good left in the world.
This is the true story about Dr. Paul Farmer. Through his strength of character, brilliant medical mind and deep love and admiration for people, he builds...
This book is incredibly inspiring and should be read by anyone who wonders if there is any good left in the world.
This is the true story about Dr. Paul Farmer. Through his strength of character, brilliant medical mind and deep love and admiration for people, he builds a medical community which to this day is operating in Haiti. Run primarily by Haitian doctors, Partners in Health has become a model for native medical care throughout the world.
This book is amazing, a must read for anyone thinking of going into or working in public health. Kidder describes Haiti and the journeys of Paul Farmer with such finesse, beauty and curiosity and the book paints a vivid picture of the trials and tribulations of working in public health in a foreign world. Wonderful!

posted by sweetpeaSP on August 31, 2010

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A Good Eye-Opening Read Just Not For Me

Dr. Paul Farmer is obviously a man with a mission and Tracy Kidder displays that well in the book, however, I did not like his storytelling style. He would frequently tell anecdotes out of order but he would then find some bio-ethical point with which to connect them. ...
Dr. Paul Farmer is obviously a man with a mission and Tracy Kidder displays that well in the book, however, I did not like his storytelling style. He would frequently tell anecdotes out of order but he would then find some bio-ethical point with which to connect them. Although I am no one to judge a writer's grammar, the way he listed things annoyed me a bit and he would do it quite often. He would sometimes say things like, 'Paul went to Zanmi Lasante and Peru and Russia and Boston and then back to Harvard to teach, all in one month,' rather than just using comma's. The story in itself, though, was an extremely original topic and made me think about our country. If there were more Americans like Paul Farmer, the world truly would be a better place. Dr. Farmer is so passionate about his work that he makes it seem like its not even work. Tracy Kidder had a great way of describing this trait in Paul. Though I did not enjoy his style of writing, he did know how to describe Paul Farmer. He made the reader feel as if he is right next to Dr. Farmer helping patients as they come along. Even though it was hard o piece together, he described the hectic times when Paul had to be in one place on day and another the next, very intricately. It almost seemed as if Tracy Kidder was following Dr. Farmer every single day of his medical career. Although I did not enjoy some aspects of the book, Mountains Beyond Mountains was overall just north of mediocre for me.

posted by Anonymous on March 5, 2008

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  • Posted October 24, 2013

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    These are generous stars... Did I enjoy this book: Not really.

    These are generous stars...

    Did I enjoy this book: Not really. USA Today calls it a “masterpiece . . . an astonishing book . . . “ I’m afraid I must have missed that part.

    I agree Dr. Paul Farmer is an amazing character. He has obviously changed the way international health organizations treat infectious diseases in poor countries. His accomplishments are, to use a word from USA Today, “astonishing.”

    Reading about every detail of every location, patient, and day-to-day decisions, arguments, and small victories, however, is not “astonishing.” For me, it was a bit boring.

    A common complaint I hear from my book geek friends about non-fiction is that the book drags on for too long. The 100% unscientific, expert on absolutely nothing, general consensus seems to be that most non-fiction books would be more interesting if they were about 1/3 in length of what actually gets published. I believe that is the case with Tracy Kidder’s account of “the quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a man who would cure the world.” Really? Cure the world? I guess I’ll have to wait for the sequel.

    Would I recommend it: No.

    Will I read it again: I will not.

    As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.

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