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Posted November 3, 2006
Sarcophagus is a 'must-read' for all cancer patients and their physicians alike. As a strident patient advocate and stalwart social critic, Chevalier is unequalled: ¿I will be Samson or I will be Joshua ¿ you decide! But one way or the other, these walls are coming down! The only question is how soon! And how many of you will be left standing!¿ Written with abiding compassion and the omniscience of an astute insider, yet set against the bleak and timely backdrop of clinical pathos, Sarcophagus is a compelling journey of discovery and a descent into the netherworld of modern medicine as it crosses the threshold of history. For those of us who love stories about Hollywood, Sarcophagus is a postmodern masterpiece actually a stageplay describing a tragedy within a drama crafted within the literature, moving pictures, and newsreels in our minds. ¿First of all, this is Hollywood! We don¿t have itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie scandals around here we have scandals that come in great big packages, oversized, just like everything else in California.¿ In his own outrageous manner, Chevalier records our history¿ ¿records what happened that evening when Enlightened Intention collided with Pristine Cognition right on Sunset Boulevard. They collided with a dynamic that resembles an illusion, a dream, a reflected image, a celestial city, an echo, a reflection of the moon on the water¿an intangible emanation written in the margins of the Hollywood Book of the Dead.¿ From the allegorical Inner Dark of intractable cancer, to the remarkable chapters describing the return of Prometheus on Sunset Boulevard, to the symphonic orchestrated triumph of the human spirit embodied in each episode, Sarcophagus is an indelible literary phenom.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2006
In this stunning work of contemporary fiction, Chevalier has succeeded in illuminating one of the unspeakable tragedies of our age: the exploitation of illness. Rendering the depravity and misfeasance of our modern-day temples of medicine with scholarly aplomb, the gripping narrative in Sarcophagus chronicles the journey of an inspired physician and an intrepid biophysicist as they strive against all odds to develop the world¿s first effective targeted, injectable gene delivery system¿the coveted holy grail of genetic medicine. It is a time in history when terminal cancer patients languish on the chain while medical institutions, academic research centers, and giant pharmaceutical companies struggle in unison against the emerging tide of genetic medicine in a misguided effort to maintain the authority and applications of their loathsome tinctures of arsenic. Written with the passion of a patient advocate and the omniscience of an astute insider, and set against the bleak and timely backdrop of clinical pathos, Sarcophagus is a compelling journey of discovery and descent into the netherworld of modern medicine as it stands poised at the threshold of history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.