Book review: The Citadel by A.J. Cronin


The CitadelThe Citadel by A.J. Cronin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the story of a young country doctor life and how he struggled to become a successful doctor in a big city.

Andrew Manson, a young Scotsman man, started his professional life in the mines of Wales where he worked in a tough condition by paying part of his salary to a senior and reputed local doctor. He dedicated part of his life studying lung diseases which was the primary disease found in most of the local miners.

In order to improve his career, he moves to London with his wife – a school teacher. There he pursuit to become a prestigious doctor by submitting to a board examination. This fact will bring a lot of prestige, money and all kind of human ambition.

However, the death of a patient will roll his life upside down, making him to revise his moral obligations against his family, friends and to the society as well.

By telling this magnificent story, the author built a great fiction masterpiece. That’s why he is considered with great justice as one most great writers of the 20th century fiction.

Several other books have this kind of storyline but in different scenarios and covering different heath issues, such as:

The Spanish Gardener by A.J. Cronin, see my review here.

The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham, see my review here.

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham, see my review here.

A non-fiction book is worthing mention here:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, see my review here.

And another book that should not be forgotten is The Physician by Noah Gordon, which is already in my TBR list for quite some time already.

4* The Spanish Gardener
3* Lady with Carnations
5* The Citadel
TR Hatter’s Castle
TR The Keys of the Kingdom
TR The Stars Look Down
TR The Green Years

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