Introduction 1971 - Two enormous trees, like sentinels, guard the gates of Paradise and, as I look back for the last time, I wonder if the fact that one tree has almost rotted in half and fallen down, is significant - an old era dying, a new one perhaps soon dead. With deep emotion, my family and I bid farewell to a quarter of a century spent in a lotus land, knowing full well that never again will it be Paradise.
Our lives are due to undergo dramatic changes : Bruce to take over the top District Surgeon job in Durban and I to become domesticated and semiretired. Whatever the outcome, it was all going to change - the halcyons days were behind us.
So we moved to a new life in the city; new ideas, new responsibilities. But for all of us, a part of our hearts will forever remain in Pondoland.
My father once told me that doctors made excellent politicians and famous authors. Coming from a family of both authors and politicians I was uncertain as to which sphere I should enter in order to make my name. It would appear that the authors have been fortunate!
This book is not a great saga of medicine. It is not a story of dramatic, last minute reprieves from death, front page operations, hospitals gleaming with antiseptic and efficiency, but the life of two ordinary country practitioners in the middle of what to many people is still Darkest Africa - Pondoland.
Trade paperback format. Small inscription to half-title page.191 pages text with illustrations.Very clean copy.
- Jacket Condition: Cover-Very Good
- Binding Condition: Very Good
- Overall Condition: Very Good
- Size: 15 X 21.5cm