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Exiles

A Novel
Groner, Cary (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Suspenseful and thought-provoking, Exiles is an extraordinary debut in which East meets West at the point where lives hang in the balance.

Opening the door to a Nepal few Westerners have encountered, Exiles tells the haunting story of an American doctor and his teenage daughter caught in the midst of a civil war.

Fleeing the messy dissolution of his marriage, cardiologist Peter Scanlon decides to take a risk and move with his seventeen-year-old daughter to Kathmandu, where he will volunteer in a free health clinic. But once there, he finds that he failed to anticipate the hardships and dangers: austere living conditions; a chronic shortage of medical supplies; diseases he has never encountered before; the sexual trafficking of young girls; and political instability and an encroaching civil war. At the same time, his friendship and philosophical discussions with a Tibetan Buddhist lama challenge and invigorate Scanlon, and his contentious relationship with the Nepali nurse who works with him gives way to deeper feelings. His daughter, in the meantime, flourishes as she quickly adapts to the new culture and falls in love for the first time. But when Scanlon is summoned to the scene of an accident on Mt. Annapurna, their lives become a nightmare of violence and fear.

Set within an extreme landscape of both beauty and peril, Exiles takes the reader on a gripping adventure that asks profound questions about the nature of our beliefs—and how far we are willing to go to defend them.



Baker & Taylor
Fleeing the messy dissolution of his marriage, cardiologist Peter Scanlon decides to move with his seventeen-year-old daughter to Kathmandu, where he will volunteer in a free health clinic. Once there, he finds that he failed to anticipate the hardships and dangers: austere living conditions; a chronic shortage of medical supplies; diseases he has never encountered before; the sexual trafficking of young girls; and political instability and an encroaching civil war. At the same time, his friendship and philosophical discussions with a Tibetan Buddhist lama challenge and invigorate Scanlon, and his contentious relationship with the Nepali nurse who works with him gives way to deeper feelings. But when Scanlon is summoned to the scene of an accident on Mt.Annapurna, their lives become a nightmare of violence and fear.

Baker
& Taylor

Moving to violence-stricken Kathmandu with his teenage daughter during an ugly divorce, American cardiologist Peter Scanlon volunteers at a sparsely equipped humanitarian medical clinic while his daughter flourishes in a new culture marked by Tibetan Buddhism. A first novel. 20,000 first printing.
Moving to violence-stricken Kathmandu with his teenage daughter during an ugly divorce, American cardiologist Peter Scanlon volunteers at a sparsely equipped humanitarian medical clinic while his daughter flourishes in a new culture.

Authors: Groner, Cary
Statement of Responsibility: Cary Groner
Title: Exiles
a novel
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 274 p. ; 25 cm.
Subject Headings: Physicians Fiction
Topical Term: Physicians
LCCN: 2010040769
ISBN: 1400069785
9781400069781
Branch Call Number: FIC G
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Jun 06, 2013
  • Pisinga rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

He tried to cover in one book too many thoughts, actions, characters ...
He is a smart man with a good sense of humor. But, descriptions in the second half of the book, the incredible adventures of Americans in Thailand, (so to speak), though tragic in many ways, seemed to me unreal. It's like the script is designed more for a movie thriller. And it is the ending of the book - this is a big minus - oh, how good that all ends well! Here, in my opinion, he is not faithful to himself.

Great pre-publication reviews of a novel of a father and daughter set adrift in Nepal

Recommended for those with an interest in Tibet issues, the Himalaya, and social morality questions. I especially enjoyed the letters exploring forgiveness and compassion shared between Peter, the doctor who was practicing in Nepal, and a revered lama he met while there.

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Jun 07, 2013
  • Pisinga rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“Mercy was in short supply, but commerce was common as dirt and understood by everyone.”

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