The Other Side of You

The Other Side of You

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"'There is no cure for being alive.' Thus speaks Dr David McBride, a psychiatrist for whom death exerts an unusual draw. As a young child, he witnessed the death of his six-year-old brother and it is this traumatic event which has shaped his own personality and choice of profession. One day, a failed suicide, Elizabeth Cruikshank, is admitted to his hospital. She is unusually reticent and it is not until he recalls a painting by Caravaggio that she finally yields up her story. We learn of Elizabeth Cruikshank's dereliction of trust, and the man she has lost, through David's narration. As her story unfolds, David finds his own life being touched by her account and a haunting sense that the 'other side' of his elusive patient has a strange resonance for him, too. Set partly in Rome, "The Other Side of You" explores the theme of redemption through love and art, which has become a hallmark of Salley Vickers's acclaimed work. As with her other highly popular novels, this is a many-layered and subtly audacious story, which traces the boundaries of life and death and the difficult possibilities of repentance."--Publisher.
Publisher: London : Fourth Estate, c2006
Branch Call Number: FICTION VIC
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 21 cm

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Compston
Apr 07, 2013

This book my favourite by Salley Vickers. The characters are beautifully developed and the story requires your attention. I have a theory which haunts me about this book. Pay attention to the state of mind of the suicidal woman, the number of trips to Italy, Hussain's electrons, and maybe, like me, you will have a slow realization about Thomas. If you love paintings by Caravaggio, Rome, an intriguing storyline, love and grief, and the capacity of intelligent minds to imagine.....then read this book!

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vickiz
Dec 17, 2008

This touching, thoughtful story is somewhat diminished by an overly telescoped plot line and at times stodgy prose.

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