The Plague & I
“Getting tuberculosis in the middle of your life is like starting downtown to do a lot of urgent errands and being hit by a bus. When you regain consciousness you remember nothing about the urgent errands. You can’t even remember where you were going.” Thus begins Betty MacDonald’s memoir of her year in a sanatorium just outside Seattle battling the White Plague. While TB is a serious matter, MacDonald uses her offbeat humor to make the most of her time in the sanatorium and makes us all laugh in the process.
A writer who can make writing about getting TB before the antibiotic time funny can help you to get through anything in life. What a marvellous creature, Betty MacDonald.
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