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. 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. Results 1 – 30 of The Citadel by A. J. Cronin and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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Views Read Edit View history. The Northern Light had more flashes of skill down at the sentence level but suffered from a super abundance of potential plot directions, this is a simple cifadel but that makes for a better book. Jul 13, Gloria rated it it was amazing.

She did not sleep because she did not exercise her muscles. Ultimately, he finds himself doing the very things that caused him such anger in his early practice days. In order to improve his career, he moves to London with his wife – a school This is the story of a young country doctor life and how he struggled to become a successful doctor in a big city.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Finlay character, the hero of a series of stories that served as the basis for the long-running BBC television and radio series entitled Dr.

He works hard and creditably for many years, deploring the corruption and incompetence he encounters among his peers. Keep on reading and writing. Just an all over great read. Manson haughtily departs a town in an offense to his character and intent. It made for a much too melancholy ending. Of Human Bondage by W. He and his wife repair their damaged relationship, but then she is run over by a bus and killed. The Citadel follows the life of Andrew Manson, a young and idealistic Scottish doctor, as he navigates the challenges of practicing medicine cronih interwar Wales and England.


He decides to sell his practice and renews contact with Denny to establish a group consulting practice xitadel scientific principles” in a carefully chosen Midland town. The characters, the plot, the dialog; I really couldn’t change a thing. Inoltre, e nessuno me lo toglie dalla testa, aleggia sempre un vago tono da telenovelas.

You don’t even see it coming! Manson has an earnest desire to improve his profession and to make his mark on the world.

The novel is not autobiographical, but Cronin did work as a physician in a mining town and in London, and did research on pulmonary diseases, as does Manson in the book. Based on Cronin’s own experiences as a physician, The Citadel boldly confronts traditional medical ethics, and has been noted as one of the inspirations for the formation of the National Health Service. They do not say it is the best book or the one that will elevate the standard of manhood or womanhood.

He dedicated part of his life studying lung diseases which was the primary disease found in most of the local miners. She also would say something, and her tone of voice would mean something else, but when Andrew doesn’t get it, she doesn’t try to explain herself. What relationships have we bruised in the process? An account of an honest and ethical man who rose from a doctor”s assistant to an M. Dr Andrew is forced to leave Driffney under unfavourable conditions.

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Jul 10, Scarlet rated it it was amazing. And your greatest charm is that you do not realise it! However, when they move to London she crronin distressed and alienated by his abandonment of his principles and his pursuit of wealth. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


The book is one of redemption, but at a high sacrifice. A must read book! Therefore it came highly recommended.

Loved it as much as you did. Jul 29, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: Review by Sylvia D: Several other physicians in the Hospital that I worked in citade, the book. In the Welsh Valleys Manson encounters the diseases of poverty exacerbated by poor housing conditions and industrial injuries, leaving behind the celtic fringe for the slightly shabby attractions of London where he encounters the diseases of the rich, cgonin as hypochondria, which as everyone with a taste for earning money knows, is best treated with inflated bills and quack treatments.

Because there are no surprises here, by the end of the book he’s returned to those good values, planning a new practice with two men who are also Good Doctors.

The Citadel by A. J. Cronin

Twayne Publishers, dronin J. This book illustrates clearly the Thomas S. I used to live in Dumbarton which is the small Scottish town that Cronin lived in, so he was a bit of a legend when I was growing up. It portrays a physician beginning his road after medical school. One other best quality associated with his books is that his characters are very human.