Tiny Clubs

Tiny Clubs

by Geoff Wyss

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Fiction. Twelve ophthalmologists volunteer their time to remove cataracts from the indigent in Bombay. Despite their charitable intentions, Bollywood proffers intrigue, deceptions and romance.

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ISBN-13: 9781931982825
Publisher: Livingston Press
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Tiny Clubs 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
srubinstein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this first novel. It begins with an improbable plot--that a group of ophthalmologists travel to Bombay India on a two week mission to restore sight to the blind. The group is led by Sam Padasee, a first generation American of Indian descent and this is Sam's story for the most part, however, the author skillfully weaves the action between modern India and those outsiders who would improve conditions as well as those who would exploit them. This is a fast paced novel driven by keen dialogue, intuitive character development, and an intelligent grasp of its modern day host, India. Wyss deftly identifies his players through action and words so that only a few pages in, one begins to care about the outcome. The American group of doctors make a modern Western style hotel their home plate and the story moves smoothly between the Bombay population with its many contrasts between old and new India and the Americans, This is not a novel about a culture clash. It is more like a soft landing of pilgrims among natives. And then there are the medical and technological facts and details that add to the meaning of this story. Geoff Wyss either was an eye doctor in his last life or did fastidious research. While some may be turned off by the description of surgeries and the vagaries of defining sight after blindness, these technicalities add to the life of the novel and its humanity. In the end, we are left with the ironies of cross cultural forays, Reader: don't miss a page and a half soliliquy on the subject of love--it's worth the price of admission.
readercat419 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Overall, I thought this was an entertaining book. Some parts were better than others, and some parts were just hard to understand. The overall concept was original and interesting. I would have liked to read more about the eye procedures, and the people getting them. I felt the book jumped around a bit too much, which made it hard to understand what was going on with who. I would read more of Geoff Wyss's work, because he is unique as an author, and he gives plenty of personality to his characters, making them come alive.
MissTeacher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was hooked by this novel pretty early on--though whether it was the hazy introduction of characters and setting or the gruesome descriptions of opthamological processes that got me hooked, I can't be sure. Wyss has an uncanny ability to make his reader see how the story should be, literally. I felt like I was in a slightly fuzzy, blurred dream most of the time while reading, even though the situations are harsh and the overall feel of the book is a bit depressed. I loved every moment of it, and was only disappointed by the ending. I felt like the story did end too abruptly, but still wish that Wyss would have left off the final part about the movie people in America.
Emidawg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had a tough time getting through the first two chapters, but once I finished them the story definitely picked up and became more interesting.
The story follows a group of Ophthalmologists who travel to Bombay, India to perform cataract removal surgery on the poor. One of their patients is an elderly woman who has been blind since early childhood and wants to have surgery so she can see her grandson before she dies. They also meet a Bollywood film producer whose films are deemed obscene by Indian cultural standards. The multiple story lines are sometimes hard to follow, but they do a good job of revealing the characters through various sexual hangups and cultural clashes.
Overall a good first novel despite the rough beginning.
mlsmit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoyed this book. (Although some of the descriptions of the surgeries made my head twinge) But it is well written, and kept me turning the pages right to the end. I think I read it in about 3 days, and it was that long only because I didn't want it to finish.