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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Frank Finley reviews John Dewar's Hospital Soup...

Title: Hospital Soup by the River: Collected Letters
Author: John Dewar
Link to Book: Nonfiction

Reviewer: Frank Finley (with book jacket review), Sussex, England

Hospital Soup by the River brings together a collection of highly amusing letters written to friends, chronicling the journey from a cancer diagnosis to post bone marrow transplant. The letters reveal the author's yearnings to return to a world he hopes is only temporarily lost: the world of fishing his beloved River Cairn and the natural world itself. If you like to laugh, like to fish and wish to hear of a dreaded medical condition being scythed down to size, then you will be captivated by this bizarre and wonderful collection."

So says the book jacket review and it says it very well. This is a very special book, by an author who writes with highly individual and exceptional talent. John Dewar clearly knows intimately, and in this book expresses with great depth and in large measure, much concerning life's rich drama and insecurity. This book positively exudes love, joy, and pain but especially humour. There are lots of "can't put down" books and this is another. The difference is this one is truly extraordinary. Thank you Mr. Dewar for a roller-coaster made me laugh out loud when I really shouldn't have!

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