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The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese
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Feb 18, 12

bookshelves: autobiographies
Read from January 31 to February 18, 2012

This book haunted me for some time. I finished it a while ago but have had to think about it. The book was a long read. Not one you can pick up and read in short stretches. I found the medical side of it fascinating as well as the tennis. And these 2 men, even though they had a relationship, never really "talked". I still wonder how this young tennis player, student intern, etc, could handle all he did. Heavy relationships, one nighters, studying and exceling at medical school. How.did he do it? And.it was incredibly sad and tragic with all that he had accomplished, it was never enough. Their relationship on the court equalized
their relationship at the.hospital where the author was older and.the teacher. Did his relationship.w/ this young intern/former pro tennis player affect how he responded to David professionally?
Yes, certainly. However, I'm not sure it would have made any difference had the author treated David differently. David.was very high maintenance, and immature and I think he always felt he was doomed. The rehabs were basically."band aids" that got him from one place to another but I don't think David had any real breakthroughs. It's a bit like Whitney Houston: trading one addiction for another and thinking
since she wasn't doing the "hard drugs, she was Ok.

I recommend the book but it's a story that is tragic and very, very sad.
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