For more on Cronin, see Dale Salwak, A. J. Cronin (Boston: Twayne Publishers, ) and J. A. Fisher, “A. J. Cronin–physician, author,”. Review by Sylvia D: The Citadel is a powerful attack on the medical system in this country before the inception of the National Health Service in. The Citadel by A J Cronin is one of the best books that I have read in my life. I remember one of my friends saying that he will not read this book.

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If only she would walk out of [the] room and do something real. Trivia About The Citadel. Jul 29, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: Loved it as much as you did. This book portrait everything I like in a book. Customers who bought this item also bought.

You know a good book when twenty years later cjtadel still know all the characters, the plot, the finale, and it remains a five star read. 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.

In order to improve his career, he moves to London with his wife – a school teacher.

Characters are well developed and the multi linear plot easy to follow, bit hard to predict. I was frustrated by the major communication problems between them, and I wonder if a lot of their problems could have been avoided if they tried a little harder to share their feelings, etc.

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The principal reason I treasured going back home for the holidays was to pounce on the mostly untouched private library of a crazy uncle. I read this book as research as I was to travel to Wales and it was crohin the recommended book list about that country since the earlier part of the book, essential cgonin the tale, takes place in the mining towns of Wales.

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He befriends another assistant, the surgeon Phillip Denny, whose fatal flaw is devotion to drink. View all 7 comments. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Back Bay Books November 30, Language: Apr 29, Laura cotadel it it was amazing Recommends it for: If you like to read a good story with a good moral, something which will inspire you a lot, you must read one of the novels by A J Cronin.


He slowly begins to see that there is a great deal of money to be made by tending to the rich and pampering them with pills and potions and attention. In the Welsh Dronin The Citadel is the morality tale of the initially idealistic Scottish Doctor Andrew Manson who starts off working in the mining towns of the South Wales valleys view spoiler [ where he makes liberal use of explosives to remedy public health nuisances hide spoiler ] before descending into the vanity fair of fashionable London doctors, who specialise in conditions which cost a lot of money to treat, where he reaches a crisis point before returning to the narrow path of virtue.

You don’t even see it coming! A J Cronin writes stories about true love, honesty, hard h, compassion, religion etc and about people who lived in the early s especially in the medical field as he was a physician himself. He loses ctadel high standards and begins the downward slope. Archibald Joseph Cronin was a Scottish novelist, dramatist, and non-fiction writer who was one of the most renowned storytellers of the twentieth century.

Despite his lawyer’s gloomy prognosis, Manson forcefully justifies his actions during the hearing and is not struck off the medical register. There is quite a lot of social commentary like this in the book. It portrays a physician beginning his road after medical school.

On the strength of this job, Manson marries Christine Barlow, a junior school teacher. The Citadel by A. In the closing chapter Manson gives an impassioned speech about scientific advance and the short-comings of the medical profession when summoned before the General Medical Council for so-called unethical conduct.

Help other people and stop thinking about herself! With all the crap that is handed to this poor guy throughout the book, I felt like having her die was just too much.

The Citadel Classic Reprint. He works hard and creditably for many years, deploring the corruption and incompetence he encounters among his peers. Thank you for your feedback.

It is nice to have answers to these questions for a fictional character. I highly recommend this book. To view it, click here. They are common people, many times so poor that they have to worry about daily food, they all have their own weaknesses, they all yearn for true love, and they all have to try hard to get the successes in their lives.


He also helps the tubercular daughter of an old friend to an unorthodox but effective pneumothorax in a clinic run by Stillman, an American who does not have an MD. Manson finds that his medical training is inadequate, that as a GP he has to be family doctor, diagnostician, surgeon, dispenser, anaesthetist, that other doctors are often incompetent, that local conditions are unsanitary resulting in an outbreak of cholera in the village, and that fee structures are open to abuse.

I didn’t feel that this needed to happen and I would have loved the book if she hadn’t died. He begins the story as an idealistic man with strong moral values, a disdain for dishonesty and a strong desire to move the medical profession forward.

Several kinds of solutions can be offered for this dichotomy. The Citadel is my all-time favorite novel. What relationships have we bruised in the process? It is difficult to see him turn from this man into a cynic of a man who is obsessed with making more money, even if it means pandering to wealthier patients, giving patients medicine he knows doesn’t work, or encouraging patients to get unnecessary surgeries.

The Citadel by A.J. Cronin

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Indeed, some of them went even further by making a lot of money from carrying out illegal abortions. Our protagonist is a doctor serving in early twentieth century U. Inoltre, e nessuno me lo toglie dalla testa, aleggia sempre un vago tono da telenovelas.

The Keys of the Kingdom. Facing this, all others’ passivity and routine are masked by the …more It’s because we usually feel sorry for ourselves and an authority in the field.