The Six-Liter Club
Great read with a little humor
I could not put this book down, it was so well written. I loved the characters and the healing from past terrors. I felt it was a great redemption story.
May 24, 2012
not a very "Christian" novel
There are so many problems with this novel I don't know where to start.
First, the author is a man and the main character is a woman, Camille. Both are M.D.s and perhaps Kraus thinks that's enough. But it is not. At one point a secondary female character says, Ã¢ÂÂA man cannot possibly understand what I'm going through.Ã¢ÂÂ (89) Exactly. Kraus may think he understands women and how they act and what they think, but he has missed it by a mile.
As an example, this book is way too sexy to be a Ã¢ÂÂChristianÃ¢ÂÂ book and to be seen from the woman's viewpoint. The male's sex drive is much stronger than the woman's (I think) and Kraus must have projected his own desires onto Camille. At one point Camille touches sexual areas of herself, so to speak, in the shower. This scene was not necessary and totally outside what I would call Christian fiction.
Camille is hesitant to have sex with her boyfriend, not because of morality but because of mental issues stemming from her childhood in Africa. Ultimately, Camille does not have sex with her boyfriend, not on moral reasons but because his Ã¢ÂÂtwo timingÃ¢ÂÂ her is found out. Kraus missed a good opportunity to have Camille (at least) think about the moral nature of sex.
And Christianity in the book? The only Christian seen throughout the book is the wife of an alcoholic wife-beater who sticks with him. She is portrayed as having the faith that her son, the patient of Camille's who lost six liters of blood, will live. But again, Kraus missed an opportunity to have her as a stronger Christian influence.
At the end of the book, the last three pages, Camille has a spiritual turn around. It is almost as if Kraus remembered this was supposed to be a Christian book and added those last three pages. Upon finishing the book I had the same sensation as when I hear a testimony where someone spends twenty minutes graphically telling of their sinful life and then ends with, Ã¢ÂÂOh yeah, then I got saved.Ã¢ÂÂ The end.
I'm in a reading group that read this book and to a person, we would not recommend it. You cannot pass it on to a nonbeliever because there is nothing about the gospel in it. You wouldn't want to give it to a fellow Christian.
There is nothing I can recommend about this book to the Christian reader.
July 29, 2011
As usual with his books, I was spellbound. Also, he doctored in a practice I use, so that makes it more special.
September 23, 2010
One of the biggest selling points to Six Liter Club is that as a male author, he nails the female brain. Kraus gets into Weller's brain so well that I could thump page after page and nod in agreement, recognition or acclimation. He developed her charactor into a memorable role. As past meets present-one accentuated by heavy responsibility-Weller manages to deal with emotional aspects in her life almost as well as her professional one. The reader will admire the professional and relate to the baggage. In the end, there is a spiritual relevelation that will blow the readers mind. You can take it at face value, or dive in to multiple layers of meaning-it's up to you. In fact, it's obvious Kraus has written Six Liter Club with that in mind. The reader can take this book to the beach and finish it proclaiming it was a light read, or they can contemplate deeper meanings around many corners. I believe Kraus has stepped into a new league through Six Liter and I look for him to provide competition with some of the best mainstream authors in the business.
June 30, 2010