Author Archives: John Sloan

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 40 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.

The Educated Imagination. Northrop Frye.

Frye, Northrop. The Educated Imagination (CBC Massey Lectures). Anansi, Toronto. 1963. NF; 5/18. Frye was a giant in literary criticism at the time of my early adult fascination with literature. His ideas about myths and the imagination at that time … Continue reading

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Warlight. Michael Ondaatje.

Ondaatje, Michael. Warlight. Knppf, New York, 2018. F;5/18. This Canadian writer has been one of my favourites. I highlighted his Cat’s Table among the dozen or so of my likes since starting recording book reviews because he writes with  the … Continue reading

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The Alexandria Quartet. Lawrence Durrell.

Durrell, Lawrence. The Alexandria Quartet. Faber and Faber, London, 1962. F;4/18. Rereading part of this set of four novels from the 1960s reminds me of revisiting Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me from the same era, … Continue reading

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Vij’s, Vancouver.

May 2018. They say the best Italian restaurant is no longer in Italy, it’s in New York. And there are critics who have called Vij’s one of the best Indian restaurants in the world even though it’s in Vancouver. Our experience … Continue reading

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With Wings Like Eagles. Michael Korda.

Korda, Michael. With Wings Like Eagles. HarperCollins, New York. 2009. NF; 5/18. As soon as I finished Korda’s other World War II book Alone I moved on to this one, interested to see the same kind of detail applied to … Continue reading

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Alone. Michael Korda.

Korda, Michael. Alone. Norton (Liveright), New York. 2017. NF; 5/18. This is the story of the evacuation of French and English soldiers from Dunkirk, France in 1940. Korda is a writer and publisher, now about 85 years old, who was … Continue reading

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Advice for Italian Boys. Anne Giardini.

Giardini, Anne. Advice for Italian Boys. HarperCollins Toronto, 2009. F;3/18. I was surprised to find that Ms. Giardini lives in my hometown of Vancouver, is the daughter of novelist Carol Shields, is qualified as a lawyer, has been active in … Continue reading

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