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The Good Doctor by Damon Galgut
In The Good Doctor by Damon Galgut, Frank Eloff is a doctor in a decrepit hospital in rural South Africa. In this post-apartheid era, what was once a Bantu homeland with a sham government is now just a far-flung part of the larger country. Not much has changed since the fall of apartheid, with violence, corruption, and despair still part of daily life. Frank Eloff has accepted all this with quiet resignation. When a new young doctor arrives, full of energy, idealism, and naiveté, he upsets everything, inviting disaster with his insistence that things must be done in a new way. The Good Doctor has received glowing reviews. The Independent says, "The Good Doctor offers a gripping read, laced throughout with powerful emotional truth and Damon Galgut's extraordinary vision." The Good Doctor was a short list nominee for the 2003 Man Booker Prize.