Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Call by Yannick Murphy

The Call: A Novel

What a pity I didn't post about this wonderful book when I read it last October. I liked it very much. I liked it's odd format--a call log of problems the veternarian needs to solve, and his thoughts and responses to those problems. I was reading slowly and at odd moments in those days of October, and I remember thinking that this was the perfect format for a flaky frame of mind. I liked hearing a man of science, a husband, and a father mention what mattered to him about his daily life, and how he viewed his wife's reactions. It made me think about how men think. And I was interested to hear how vets solve some of the problems they encounter (or cause themselves).

But what gave the whole some depth was the agonizing blow the family received one fall day and how they dealt with the uncertainty and confusion that ensued. Sleepless nights and sweaty dreams are easier to read about than go through, but the whole dilemma kept me reading in wonder and anxiety.

On the whole, I thought the book daring and successful, humane and real. Good job, Yannick Murphy!

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