Thoughts Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink, Random House Audio 2013, 17 hours 33 minutes
Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
This was selected for January by my Massachusetts Book Club. I was quite excited to read this (even though I will be missing the book club meeting due to my moving south. #sad)
This book is really amazing in depicting the horrors of practicing medicine during Hurricane Katrina. The conditions were awful. No one was prepared. I wanted to cry in the first few chapters. Ok, I admit it, I did cry.
READ THIS if you are curious about what happened at Memorial Hospital and how bad it really was.
READ THIS if you are concerned about Emergency Preparedness.
READ THIS if you
enjoy (?) … fascinated with Medical Quandaries.
Perhaps you saw that I rated this three stars in goodreads; you might be curious what I didn’t like. Relax, I still liked it. Do not think that my three slices of pie means that it was only OK. That would be a two star rating. A three star rating is one where I mostly enjoyed it, was impressed with it overall but just found it didn’t quite knock the socks off.
First, I must state that I wish I hadn’t listened to this. The audiobook format was not the best medium for this book, FOR ME. I usually listen while driving so it is inconvenient and unsafe for me to fiddle with my phone to replay if my attention lapses or I wonder about something; it’s highly unlikely I will replay to find some answer to a question when I get confused. And once confused, I miss the stuff that is playing during the time I was contemplating the stuff I just listened to in the moment just passed.
Second, I’ve mentioned before that when I start getting that tickle of nagging to wonder what everybody else is saying about a book usually when I’m in the middle of the book and I actually poke around Goodreads and read the reviews LOOKING for the one- and two-star reviews, you know I’m having doubts.
SO. Here’s the review of the book that I would wish to write if it wasn’t already eloquently and succinctly written: One Minute Book Reviews.
You can find LOTS of five star and four star reviews here by clicking on this line. Or read Kim the Sophisticated Dork’s 4.5 star review here. Or you can check out Ti’s review which mentions great book club discussion points. Finally, this was my favorite review: Teresa’s at ShelfLove. HIGHLY recommended.
I invite you to read through the one and two star reviews on Goodreads; I found ‘em very interesting. We can’t all agree. We all have different perspectives and take-aways.
I respect everyone’s opinion.
Please, and as much as this has been seen lately, it works:
What really sucked (not the book — the situation) is that the horrors continue – legal, reputation, stress, health problems, grief – for many MANY people long beyond those five days.
Final thoughts – I found the book sort of confusing and disjointed and varying in tone. I don’t think Fink was unbiased even as she fails to share what she really thought about some issues. Kudos for the atrocities described and the multitude of perspectives shared and the evident thoroughness involved in the research = amazing. I was enthralled for the first third and so ready for the book to be done by the last third.
Three slices of pie.
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