Elegant and engaging — 6 years ago
This one is all about the small telling details. The things that draw you under the characters’ skin, feeling things through their fingertips, seeing through their eyes, feeling that crushing feeling around the heart.
Lam achieves this best in the first few stories, distancing himself a little as they wear on. But all of them are gripping, interesting immersions into the life of the medical professional.
I guess he sort of lost me in the story about the woman giving birth, though it was beautiful in its own way… Slowly I stopped caring about his focus characters, they all seemed somehow cold, without the vibrancy they had in those first few.
Still, I’d recommend this book of stories to anyone, just for the pleasure of losing yourself into a world that, for most of us, is almost entirely unfamiliar.