Monday Books has published a new excerpt from their Dalrymple collection “Second Opinion” on the blog they maintain for this purpose.
I can’t recommend the book highly enough. Many readers of this blog seem to have become aware of Dalrymple via “Life at the Bottom“, and “Second Opinion” similarly focuses on his experiences working with denizens of the slums, although this book relates his interactions with these patients via narrative, with hilarious results:
‘Does your current boyfriend live with you?’ I asked.‘No, he’s in prison,’ she replied.‘What for?’‘Kidnap.’‘Of whom?’‘A man. He owed him some money.’‘He’s been in prison before?’‘Yes, lots of times.’‘And he’s violent to you?’‘Yes. You see, he’s very jealous. He doesn’t like me to talk to no one. That’s how the rows start.’‘Has he had his hands round your throat?’‘Yes, a few times. But he’s never squeezed hard.’‘And what else?’‘Well, he’s give me a broken rib, and he’s slashed me across the back with a smashed glass. But don’t get me wrong, doctor, he’s not a bad person. He’s brilliant with the kids.’