In this poignant and startlingly original book, Brian Doyle examines the heart as a physical organhow it is supposed to work, how surgeons try to fix it when it doesn’tand as a metaphor: the seat of the soul, the power house of the body, the essence of spirituality. In a series of profoundly moving ruminations, Doyle considers the scientific, emotional, literary, philosophical, and spiritual understandings of the heartfrom cardiology to courage, from love letters and pop songs to Jesus. Weaving these strands together is the torment of Doyle’s own infant son’s heart surgery and the inspiring story of the young heart doctor who saved Liam’s life.
The Wet Engine is a book that will change how you feel and think about the mysterious, fragile human heart. This new paperback edition includes a foreword by Dr. Marla Salmon, dean of the University of Washington School of Nursing.
|Publisher:||Oregon State University Press|
|Edition description:||New edition, originally pubished by Paraclete Press in 2005|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Brian Doyle is the author of twelve books, including the novel Mink River and The Grail, his account of a year in a vineyard in Oregon. He edits Portland Magazine at the University of Portland.
Read an Excerpt
“My son Liam was born nine years ago. He looked like a cucumber on steroids. He was fat and bald and round. He looked healthy as a horse. He wasn’t. He was missing a chamber in his heart, which is a problem, as you need four chambers for smooth conduct through this vale of fears and tears, and he only had three chambers, so pretty soon he had an open-heart surgery, during which doctors cut him open and iced down his heart and shut it down for an hour or so while they worked on repair…” from The Wet Engine
Table of Contents
Foreword Maria Salmon 1
1 The Infinite Number of Things That Can Go Wrong with the Hearts of New People 7
2 Heartchitecture 16
3 Hope 30
4 Imo Pectore 39
5 Hagop 54
6 Joyas Volardores 60
7 Gad 69
8 Well, There Are a Lot of Stories 78
9 A Heartful of Patients 93
10 How We Wrestle Is Who We Are 108
Thanks & Sources 115
Donations & Involvements 118
About Brian Doyle 120