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Bringing Out the Dead Paperback – March 30, 1999
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Joe Connelly, like a deranged circus ringmaster, trots out one insanity after another and makes them dance. There's Noel, the suicidal/obsessive-compulsive who is delighted at the prospect of being killed in the hospital. There's the unidentified woman who calls 911 for her husband's cardiac arrest, when in reality, the man just needed an extended amount of time on the john. And there's Mr. Oh, one of Our Lady of Mercy's "regulars", who's simply drunk and hungry more often then not.
But make no mistake, the medics are insane too. That's the point, EVERYONE is insane. There's Tom, who would just as soon beat someone up as take them to the hospital. There's Marcus, the born-again Christian who will only do three jobs a night. There's Larry, who's grossly overweight and takes pictures of particularly gruesome scenes for his "DOA scrapbook." And there's Our Hero, Frank Pierce, who may or may not be hallucinating, sometimes comes to work drunk, and gets into arguments with his boss because his boss won't fire him.
Frank is a man who has given up everything for his job because he genuinely loves it. More than once he calls saving lives the greatest thing he will ever do, and we believe him. It is only recently, when the job stops giving him what he needs and he finds that he has little more to give back, that the rush has started to fade. And fade it does, right out of existence.
Frank talks about his job much as frequent targets of domestic abuse talk about their spouses; lovingly, but with more than a touch of fear, anger, and weariness. In fact, at it's core, "Bringing Out the Dead" is more about weariness than anything else.Read more ›
I loved this book, and read it in one sitting. I know paramedics are constantly asked, "What's the worst thing you've ever seen?" and my favorite line in the book is Frank's response to that question, "Lima beans on a pizza."
I think that just about sums it up. Not everyone will love this book, but I sure enjoyed it.
Two defibrillators up!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really its a good read but if you watched the movie starring Nicolas Cage its word for word.Published 5 days ago by Jay
I am a paramedic with 8 years experience. If you ever wondered NOT exactly how it is to be a medic, but how it often FEELS, then read this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phil Moline
The book is marketed as a novel, but it is a thinly-disguised memoir. The central character is a paramedic in New York City during the worst of the "bad ol' days" of EMS... Read morePublished 11 months ago by G. N. Papadatos
This is an amazing tale of life as an EMS worker, namely, a Paramedic. Especially on night shift and in a busy system. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JP White
Joe Connelly's book is about the hopeless decline of a New York ambulance driver's sanity. While I've never gone crazy or driven a meat wagon, I nearly know what those things might... Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Stoneman
Way better than the movie. If you're actually a medic in an urban setting read this book. You'll understand what's the author's talking about.Published 20 months ago by Alan Miller