From the author of The Stars Look Down and The Citadel, and the creator of Dr A classic saga by A J Cronin, one of the great masters of the genre, author of. 1 Oct 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. Complete summary of A. J. Cronin’s The Citadel. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Citadel.

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The Citadel Summary

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. They eventually move to London. Resigning, he obtains a post as assistant in a miners’ medical aid scheme in ‘Aberalaw’, a neighbouring coal mining town in the South Wales coalfield.

Wondering why I never got around reading his other books! One can sympathise with his refusal to issue sick certificates to miners who are quite fit to work, with his run-in with the district nurse and her antiquated remedies which do more harm than good and his desire to overcome resistance to vaccination but when it comes to showing up another doctor for mis-diagnosis and to reviving a stillborn baby that others have given up on he comes across as rather sanctimonious.

The Citadel by A. J. Cronin

This book teaches about moral and ethical side of medical profession. It is clearly a book of its time.

I didn’t feel that this needed to happen and I would have loved the book if she hadn’t died. There he pursuit to become a prestigious doctor by submitting to a board examination. He works hard and creditably for many years, deploring the corruption and incompetence he encounters among his peers. She serves merely as a moral barometer, and as an object to make Manson feel either happy or guilty.


My mother is a doctor and somehow this book – and it’s subsequent movie adaptation – had stayed with her all her life since she’d been first introduced to it. Cronin is a master at character development and a pleasure to read. 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. Retrieved 25 March This book portrait s I like in a book. The characters, the plot, fronin dialog; I really couldn’t change a thing.

Next Forgotten by Susan Lewis: Retrieved from ” https: He also created the Dr. Manson finds that his medical training is inadequate, that as a GP he has to be family doctor, diagnostician, surgeon, dispenser, anaesthetist, that other doctors are often incompetent, that local conditions are unsanitary resulting in an outbreak of cholera in the village, and that fee structures are open to abuse.

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It made for a much too melancholy ending. View all 3 comments. Just an all over great read.

Dr Andrew Mason is a poor doctor and newly out of medical college. You have to get beyond the plot’s conventions to appreciate this. Based on Cronin’s own experiences as a physician, The Citadel boldly citxdel traditional medical ethics, and has been noted as one of the inspirations for the formation of the National Health Service. Considering the fact that it was written init has a message that will perhaps be relevant as long as we have doctors to help us maintain good health and a long life.

They begin their life in the mining cronkn of Wales, where he begins research involving the men with breathing problems due to their exposure to the dust in the underground mines.


National Book Award for Fiction He loses his high standards and begins the downward slope. There is a morale dillema about treatment and profit, that still exists. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Have in my kindle to read too. She supports him through thick and thin, encourages him in his citadeo and helps with his research into lung diseases.

The Citadel

Khalid Ib rated it it was amazing Shelves: See 2 questions about The Citadel…. We rather see a doctor when we are healthy, not when we are sick?

You know a good book when twenty years citadsl you still know all the characters, the plot, the finale, and it remains a five star read. Granted that women had to give up their careers on marriage at the time but the portrayal of her as the meek, uncorruptible wife who is constantly making do and forever knitting feels patronising.

No one could have written as fine, honest, and moving a study of a young doctor as The Citadel without possessing great literary taste and skill. A wonderful cautionary tale. I suppose it was necessary to move the story citadwl, but I have a hard time finding that such a contrast could take place so quickly.

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.