Assessment by booklife Prize

Standard

 

Plot: Menon keeps the plot of this memoir straightforward and linear, his easy to follow chronology holding the stories of friends, family, and colleagues, and only occasionally diverging into tangential medical anecdotes.

Prose: Menon writes with great clarity and a distinctive voice, and he has an exquisite memory for detail; sense of sitting down with the author and hearing his stories that is appealing in a memoir.

Originality: Menon’s warmth and gratitude about his childhood in Kerala and his experiences in the American medical system are a welcome balm to critical tell-all memoirs.

Character Development: Menon makes an effort to make his memoir a people piece, describing family members and colleagues, both through extended descriptions of their histories and their demeanors, and through stories about them, making this less self-centered feeling than many memoirs.

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