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Extended Audio Sample Down from Troy: A Doctor Comes of Age, by Richard Selzer Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Selzer Narrator: Sam Gray Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This beautifully crafted memoir by one of America’s finest storytellers generally is considered Richard Selzer’s most moving and personal work. The story is set in Troy, New York, during the Great Depression of the 1930s and is a classic rite-of-passage tale.

Selzer was the son of two strong-willed parents, both of whom tried to shape their son to their own desires and ends. His father, the doctor, wanted his son to be a physician and to follow in his footsteps. His mother, a singer, wanted her son to become a writer. Richard struggled to choose as his emotions were buffeted by his parents and their persuasive and subtle argumentation. “Had I loved one more than the other,” Selzer declared, “my choice would have been easier.” In the end, he excelled both as a surgeon and as a writer, fulfilling his parents’ wishes and discovering himself in the process.

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  • “This is a terrible beauty of a book, full of love and pain and a palpable rich sadness that will stay with a reader forever. Selzer’s finest work; highly recommended for most collections.”

    Library Journal

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