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It takes a very good author to blend history, viral biology, fiction and social commentary. And William Close isn't quite that good. An interesting read for the bus, but rather sloppy and mismatched. Could have used the word breasts less often. I know they're a normal body part, and may well come up when describing an adult female human, but he didn't need to mention the breasts of every female character, from nuns to doctors to secretaries to women dying of fever.
The book is a mononotonous list of events. Then this one got the fever, then this other one, then the next day they were worse. The nuns were frightened, the doctors came, the doctors leave, then the outbreak slows down and burns itself out. You really dont learn much about Ebola, how it spreads, the medical precautions they could have taken, or what they knew back in 1976 about the spread of disease and precautions that were taken in the hospitals in cities as opposied to the bush. There is no
The author, a medical Doctor Who served in Africa for many years, wrote this book to try to help those of us who live in the west understand the outbreak of Ebola and how it impacted one community. The outbreak covered here is that of 1976, and the people and places are real. The author fictionalized the book so he could create dialogue surrounding events to help us get the full impact of what was going on. He said he wanted to open hearts to what had happened and what might still happen with a
This isn't the real book i'm reading but its the only book that has the title of ebola. Ebola is a disease that has a lot of carriers, but the main ones are batts and monkeys. The way you can carry it from bats is if u eat an animal that had any physical contact with dead animals or touching a person. The disease was discovered until 1976 in Western Africa which in modern days it is the most threatning disease in Western Africa.Also, the reason how the first person got Ebola is not really known
Ebola is an elusive and deadly disease. This is book deals with the first major outbreak in Africa in 1976. There were some Dutch missionaries and a lot of Africans that died from this disease. Ebola has a 90% fatality rate and is a disease of developing countries. To find more about Ebola and the disease go to http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.ht.... The transmission of this disease is unknown but it was transmitted from animal to human. This book was written in 1995 by William T. Close who di...
This is an amazing creative nonfiction rendering of the Ebola outbreak in Africa circa mid-1970s, which was witnessed by Dr Close (by the by, he's Glenn Close's father) during his 16 years of living in Zaire. It not only talks about Ebola and its deadly infectious process, Dr. Close talks about the people he knew and those affected by the virus. It's a well rounded book about a mysterious killer disease and those who braved it to bring help to the helpless.
Hmm it wasn't quite what I expected but it was still good. It's a 400-page book and we meet the first Ebola patient on page 20 - I guess I thought there would be more buildup before pandemic time - and the last 100 pages were a very slow denouement. I chose to read it out of an interest in the Ebola virus, but I found the book also taught me a bit about the history of (the country formerly known as) Zaire and Europeans' role in the country's development, for better or worse.
Great novel. It is not good to force people to read what you think as tge best book in the world. However, when one finds something good, it is always good to recommend it. When I first picked up this book, I knew it was going to remain on my shelf for quite sometime. Fortunately, that was nit to be. When I started reading this, I could not put it down. Dr. William T. Close did a marvelous job here. We are in Zaire in the '70s. A man walks up to a mission hospital complaining of having a mild he...
It takes a very good author to blend history, viral biology, fiction and social commentary. And William Close isn't quite that good.An interesting read for the bus, but rather sloppy and mismatched.Could have used the word breasts less often. I know they're a normal body part, and may well come up when describing an adult female human, but he didn't need to mention the breasts of every female character, from nuns to doctors to secretaries to women dying of fever.
This book was an interesting attempt to contextualize the first outbreak of Ebola from the perspective of the community that was hardest hit. I really like how it focused on the political situation in what was then Zaire and its focus on the community impact, making the outbreak more personalized. However, I could've done without the weird descriptions of women's bodies, especially the nuns. Also, it seems like there was some key information left out.
Written by Glenn Close's father about the first major outbreak in Yambuku. Richard Preston retells the story in Crisis in the Red Zone but it's much richer here. This book feels like a real-life Andromeda Strain only with empathy.
This was interesting, but not what I'd hoped for. In the midst of the corona pandemic, I was curious how ebola compares.... This book is about the 1976 epidemic in the Congo. It deals mostly with the nuns and priests working in health care there. It's challenging, and they are amazing.
Heart pounding, white knuckling the edge of your seat! I have read this book 6 times,and it never gets old! To this this is the father of Glen Close!
This was a moving and frightening piece of historical fiction upon the first outbreak of Ebola Zaire in Yambuku Zaire and Sudan. It addressed the misery and fear the accompanied the emergence of this new fever and the political corruption and incompetence of the government and their failure to provide aid or efficiently allow other countries to provide aid. There is a new regime, set up by a revolution of the exploited, which thus far seems more concerned with the people and the country than the...
When I picked this book up, I figured it would be another recollection of the Ebola outbreak from a highly scientific perspective, interesting but rather dry. Instead, it was a fascinating story about how the nuns from a Belgian mission handled the effects of the virus taking its toll on the population of the village and the sisters themselves. There were sad times, but also happy times as the virus is contained and some who fell ill do recover. No mention was ever made of how the virus emerged,...
This book was not exactly what I expected... it was better. I picked up this book because I am oddly fascinated with the Ebola virus in particular as well Marburg and other hemorrhagic fevers. I expected it to be more of a documentary, but it was also a novel, with a great story surrounding a group of Catholic Nuns and their Mission in Yambuku, Zaire. This was the actual place of the first Ebola outbreak, in 1976. I became very drawn in to the life of the Nuns and Dubonnet, the Priest. It was a
Because this was recommended to me by my father I was expecting a book that would preach some unknown, non mainstream perspective on the ebola breakout in South Africa. I was pleasantly surprised. It was written by Dr. William Close (Glenn Close's father) who worked with the administration during the first outbreak in 1976. He created characters I came to understand and empathize with and offered an interesting inside perspective on what they lived through. This is the way I like to get my histo...
Wow! We are used to the World Health Organization and the CDC rushing in to save the day. Before the internet, satellite phones, and cell phone videos, people in Zaire had no way of getting the attention of authorities and the world. Politics, corruption, and other challenges led to a disaster in the 1970s. Locals, missionaries and the few medical personnel were waiting for help that didn't arrive. The bravery and creativity of the people in the thick of it is inspiring, and the failures heartbr...
This is one of my very favorite books. It is written by an American doctor who was in Yambuku, Zaire in 1976 during the first documented Ebola Zaire outbreak. It's a compelling and rather frightening read. Dr. Close does an excellent job of making the reader feel like he or she is actually in Zaire, witnessing the outbreak firsthand, conveying the fear and helplessness that the doctors, nurses, and residents of Yambuku felt during the epidemic.
The "doctor who was there" didn't actually show up until the action was all over. That said, it's not a bad book, it's just not that good, either. The book focuses almost entirely on a small flemish clinic, and is written mostly from the accounts of the nuns who worked there. It's a very human story, and focuses on the social repercussions of a viral outbreak. I'd give it a higher rating if it were better written or if the title was less misleading.
This book was a little boring considering it's subject matter. He manages to drag out the story in such a way as to give you lots of background of Zaire and very little info about the disease. If you want to read about this kind of thing, I definitely recommend skipping this one and reading The Hot Zone.
First read this in junior high. Loved it then, love it now! Factual account of the ebola outbreak in Africa. This book was a fantastic read, very fast, very fun, very scary. What I liked was the narration switched from several people's perspectives. The nun living and working in Africa was the most interesting by far.
This book was excellent. It was very sad to read about the deaths of many of the people who contracted Ebola but I was impressed by the courage and altruism of the nuns who ran the mission at Yambuku. Dr. Close's description of the mission at Yambuku was very vivid. I almost felt that I was there as he was describing the events that took place in 1976.
Ebola keeps returning to Africa over and over again. But in today's global world that doesn't just put Africa at risk, we all gamble with the possibility of an outbreak. Poverty and war destroy the structures that keep a society healthy. This is the story of a Catholic mission and the health care givers' attempts to deal with an Ebola outbreak.
I read this one awhile ago, and remember it to be a great true story. I don't know why the review says it is a "medical novel". A novel is fiction, and this is not. If you liked "Hot Zone" you will like this one too.
One of the two books I took to read in Japan - for a one year stay! I finished this book, which I found terrifying and fascinating, and had nothing else to read for an entire lonely weekend. I did not want to re-read this book, but I think I did. I had nothing else to read.
Another real-life thriller with that aspect of detective work I love in epidemiology.
not as good as "The Hot Zone" but still... a book about ebola can't be that bad.
The title is a rather sad pun when you think about it. Interesting first hand account of the ebola outbreak in the Congo. Trivia: the author is Glenn Close's father.
Back in the day, when I used to think I wanted to work for the CDC, researching infectious diseases...