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Seeing the world through the right end of the telescope
le 3 février 2014
Michael is a doctor for MSF. He works in the world's worst disasters, dropping everything to go and help out wherever his skills are needed. He is married to the beautiful Caitlin, an artist. Arriving home from Venezuela after an exhausting tour of duty, he finds her dying on the stairs from her studio, with a packed suitcase nearby. With all his training, he can't save her.
Once she is dead, he begins to learn about the life she has led in his absence - which it has never occurred to him to consider before. Having rescued her from a domineering father, he has apparently assumed that saving the princess from the dragon leads straight into 'happy ever after'. He's never thought about what happens next.
Mike blames himself for the death of his own family when he was a child, and uses his medical work as some sort of atonement. He's so busy looking at the next earthquake or flood that he fails to see the more immediate world of marriage and everyday life. Now he has to learn not only who his wife really is, but who his father was, too.
This is his own baptism of fire, through which he will emerge a changed man; and the past will never again be what he imagined it to be.
Occasionally the dialogue is a little too 'written for effect' rather than natural; but that's the only quibble in what is a very enjoyable book.