Garcia's Heart

Garcia's Heart

A Novel

Book - 2007
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"Neurologist Patrick Lazerenko travels to The Hague to witness the war crimes trial of his beloved mentor, Hernan García, a Honduran doctor accused of involvement in torture. Driven by his own youthful memories of the man and his family, Lazerenko is determined to get to the truth behind the shocking accusations, even as the prosecution and a relentless journalist suspect Patrick of hiding information. The defense has its own ideas for Patrick, hoping to use his latest research to help vindicate García. As Patrick struggles with his conscience, and the pressures from the neuroeconomics company he abandoned in Boston, he must also contend with seeing García’s daughter, his former lover, and the surprising influence a shady advocacy group seems to have over her, and with the fact García himself is refusing to speak, to anyone. Taut, probing, highly intelligent, skillfully written, García’s Heart delves into the central issues of today, from terrorism to bioethics, and the age-old dilemmas of loyalty and betrayal."--Inside jacket.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2007
Description: 378 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780771029400
Branch Call Number: Durc


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Jul 21, 2012

Interesting look at a life and the motivations at work on that life. Hernan Garcia is on trial for war crimes in Honduras, but is he guilty? Patrick Lazerenko doesn't know. It looks like it but he has doubts as he remembers his teen years intertwined with the Garcia family. Can you be guilty and innocent at the same time? This is a hard book to read as it goes at a snail's pace while in the Netherlands but has action in the Montreal years. I had to work at finishing it, only because I knew that the threads would all make sense at some point. A little too introspective maybe for me.

Mar 14, 2010

Although it won the Ellis Award for best first novel of 2008, I found the book a bit tedious with lots of introspections.

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