The Citadel by A J Cronin is one of the best books that I have read in my life. I remember one of my friends saying that he will not read this book. Review by Sylvia D: The Citadel is a powerful attack on the medical system in this country before the inception of the National Health Service in. Results 1 – 30 of The Citadel by A. J. Cronin and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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Help other people and stop thinking about herself! His first assignment is to m an assistant to Dr Page in Driffney. He slowly begins to see that there is a great deal of money to be made by tending to the rich and pampering them with pills and potions and attention.

My heart intertwined with the main character’s heart in a firm grasp, Cronin made the character come alive for me – I felt each little bit of happiness, stressfulness and sadness in those droplets of ink.

Andrew blows up at his wife a few times and citaxel away thinking how bad he feels, but frequently he doesn’t go back and tell her “Hey, I was a jerk, I’m sorry.

Back in the day when I was a kid in hostel By telling this magnificent story, the author built a great fiction masterpiece.

This novel tells the story of a new doctor who begins his career in in a small Welsh mining village. Jul 13, Gloria rated it it was amazing. Essentially, he’s become everything he derided earlier cronij his career; his wife, however, still wants the simple life “one bedroom and a kitchen” would be ok with her. Share your thoughts with other customers. Although it is set long ago, the story reads true today. The characters, the plot, the dialog; I really couldn’t change a thing.


The Citadel follows the life of Andrew Manson, a young and idealistic Scottish doctor, as he navigates the challenges of practicing medicine across interwar Wales and England.

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View all 4 comments. She xronin hit by a bus in her mid-thirties in a rush to bring home cheese to her husband! Ultimately, he finds himself doing the very things that caused him such anger in his early practice days. Some surgical procedures, a mine accident, traffic accident.

During my 26 years of medical practice I turned to the book every few years to once again step in another time ctiadel a physician experiences the same problems as I did every day.

Interestingly, the first step on that road of comprises is made in pride.

I thoroughly enjoyed this involved tale of medical ethics in a different time and place. There is a morale dillema about treatment and profit, that still exists.

AJ Cronin and The Citadel: did a work of fiction contribute to the foundation of the NHS?

I feel it took away from the exciting final events of the novel as I was too busy greiving over his lost wife. A very interesting read. Unfortunately, most physicians are technicians who treat the patient in only a semi-personal matter, so most of the marital conflict may not occur today. This book is about a young Scottish doctor, Andrew Manson, who grew up poor and croniin to school on scholarship who begins citarel career in the year in a small village in South Wales.


The Citadel is the morality tale of the initially idealistic Scottish Doctor Andrew Manson who starts off working in the mining towns of the South Wales valleys view spoiler [ where he makes liberal use of explosives to remedy public health nuisances hide spoiler ] before descending into the vanity fair of fashionable London doctors, who specialise in conditions which cost a lot of money to treat, croinn he reaches a crisis point before returning to the narrow path of virtue.

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I used to live in Dumbarton which is the small Scottish town that Cronin lived in, so he was a bit of a legend when I was growing up. Get to Citaadel Us. The Keys of the Kingdom.

I have read most of them and He marries a wonderful young teacher named Christine and they are very happy, not having much materially, but rich in love and plans for the future. The Mansons leave Wales for London, where Manson hopes to extend his research within a government agency.

What relationships have we bruised in the process? Of Human Bondage by W. I loved the love story between the doctor and his wife. I highly recommend this book.