Monday, 14 November 2016

Book Review: Mark A Jacobson: Sensing Light: A Novel

Sensing Light: A Novel

Author: Mark A Jacobson.
Title: Sensing Light: A Novel.
Genre: Fiction, Medical, Gay and Lesbian, Literature, Genre Fiction, Literature and Fiction, Historical,

I got this book in exchange for an honest review. Somebody on behalf of the author contacted me through my book reviewing blog asking me to review this book. I would like to say a big thank you to Serena Agusto-Cox for taking the time to email me.

First of all I would like to say a big thank you to Mark A Jacobson for sending me this book and giving me the chance to read it and l would like to say a big thank you to Serena Agusto-Cox.

I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.

I normally do not read books of this genre but l stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres I am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.

This book has 365 pages in it.

I highly recommend this book.

Synopsis: Three doctors meet at the onset of the AIDS epidemic this breakout book by Mark A Jacobson, a leading bay area HIV/AIDS physician, follows three people from vastly different backgrounds, who are thrown together by a shared urgency to find out what is killing so many men in the prime of their lives. Kevin, a gay medical resident from working class Boston, has moved to San Francisco in search of acceptance of his sexual identity. Herb, a middle-aged supervising physician at one of the nation's toughest hospitals, struggles with his own emotional rigidity, and Gwen, a divorced mother raising a teen daughter, is seeking a sense of self and security while endeavoring to complete her medical training.

Review By Other People: A compassionate, intelligent novel, part medical thriller, that only someone who was there from the start could have written. - Bill Barich, big dreams: in to the heart of California.

A powerful work of fiction that authentically evokes the bad and the good. - Eric Goosby, MD, US global AIDS coordinator, 2009 – 2013.

A moving story of doctors navigating the intersections of suffering, ambition and discovery. - Krista Bremer, my accidental Jihad.

Review: I found this books really easy to get in to and hard to put down once l started reading it. I was sad to read about all the people that passed away and I would like to say rest in peace to them and I was sad to read that Kevin's father passed away due to lung cancer. I was sad to read about Herb's accident. Herb saved his wife from being knocked over. I was sad to read one of the nurses that worked in the ICU got stuck with a used needle and she got AIDS. I was sad to read that Marco was ill with AIDS and I was sad to read that Marco's mother was poorly it was nice that Marco went to look after his mother. I can not put in to words how great this book is I would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great it is. I was sad to finish this book. I wish I could rate this book more then five stars. This book raises awareness for AIDS. I like reading about Kevin, his life and his family, Gwen, her life and her family and Herb, his life and his family. Sometimes l put on magic on and some essential oils in my humidifier and relax reading this book. It did not take me long to finish this book. Kevin, Gwen and Herb sound like great people. I was happy to read that Gwen was given the all clear after accidentally getting stuck with a used needle. I like reading reviews from other people. I love that Gwen, Kevin and Herb are really close. I was sad to read that Kevin had AIDS at first he only told Marco and his sister but then he told Gwen. I got this book in paperback. I rated this book on goodreads, amazon UK and US and my blog. Gwen, Kevin and Herb sound like fun people when they had a glass or two of wine. It was sad to read that when Herb was younger he got hit in the nose which broke glad his parents took him to the police station to get the person who hit poor Herb. Herb sounds really close with his wife. I wish the bathhouses are closed. It was sad to read that Marco passed away. It sounds like Marco made planes for his funeral. I feel for his mother no mother should have to bury their child. It was good to read that Eva and Martin had picked colleges to go to and Herb and his wife had made plans to go travelling. Glad that Gwen and Rick are still together. I was sad when Kevin was getting poorly I thought he was going to die I am glad he survived. I was happy that Kevin was close to his mother and sister again and they was going to visit him. I would love to read more about all the people in this book and more about AIDS and the treatment. I was hooked on this book after reading the first page. I was happy to read that Kevin met someone to be with after Marco passed away but Barry had AIDS too but he sadly passed away. Kevin was getting more poorly and he ended up in a wheelchair and he went in to a hospice and then Kevin sadly passed away and he wrote a letter to his sister to help Gwen and Herb from the grave. Herb's son Martin and Katherine's son Douglas had told their parents that they was gay. Herb was right to be worried but Martin does not sound stupid. It is nice that Kevin was helping his friends still even though he is not alive. Kevin sounds like a great friend and guy. I would love to read more books from Mark A Jacobson. I was happy to read that tree's was planted in memory of everybody that passed away and Kevin's sister fetched some of his ashes so they could be planted next to the tree in his memory and the rest of Kevin's ashes were put in to the sea by Kevin's two best friends Herb and Gwen which Kevin would have loved. This book is really great.

About The Author: Mark A Jacobson, MD, is a professor of medicine at the university of California, San Francisco and an attending physician at San Francisco general hospital. He began his internship in 1981, just days after the CDC first reported a mysterious, fatal disease affecting gay men. Dr. Jacobson is a clinician, educator, and researcher who has  specialized  in HIV/AIDS and it is complications since joining the UCSF facuity in 1986. His earlier career involved developing effective treatments for AIDS – associated opportunistic infections. His subsequent research investigated protective immunity against chronic viral infections, in particular cytome galovirus (CMV). He currently directs urgent care medical services for the ward 86 HIV clinic at San Francisco general hospital and is the editor for the ward 86 medical management recommendations posted on UCSF's HIV insite website.

About The Book: I really like this bookcover and the picture of the bridge and I like the colour of it too it is my sister's favorite colour.

Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for being on the book tour and for your wonderful review