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08 October 2009 @ 11:39 pm
#60 Mountains Beyond Mountains  
Title: Mountains Beyond Mountains (The Quest of Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World)
Author: Tracy Kidder
Genre: Biography
Date Started: Late August
Date Finished: October 8th
Page Count: 317
Total Page Count: 13883
Summary: (from Amazon) In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Kidder’s magnificent account takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.” At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains there are mountains”–as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.
Reason for Reading: Megan recommended it to me two months ago. And it's about Haiti. This isn't the type of book that I'd normally think to read.
Opinion of Book: These are my reactions to this book. In no order.
  • This book took me for-fucking-ever to read.
  • I really enjoyed this book.
  • I want to go to Haiti.
  • Paul Farmer is the shit.
  • I want to go to Russia.
  • How did 317 pages take me a month and a half to read?
  • I'm glad I'm not pre-med, because then I would feel enormous pressure to do what Paul Farmer does.
  • This book makes me feel like an insignificant human being.
  • Now I can stop lugging this book around with me wherever I go, and lug around a different one instead.
  • I wish I could be as intense as Paul Farmer.
    Favorite Quote: "[Jim] liked to say of Partners in Heath, 'People think we're unrealistic. They don't know we're crazy.'" (p. 169)

    "He was like a compass, with one leg swinging around the globe and the other planted in Haiti." (p. 260)
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