Doctor Frigo Author:Eric Ambler ts the Democratic Socialists versus the "oligarchs" in this decidedly unromantic tale of revolution in a former Spanish colony located somewhere in Central America. The narration is provided by the title character Dr. Frigo, otherwise known as Ernesto Castillo. — Castillo is a young physician, a native of the unamed Central American country in qu... more »estion. He presently lives and practices in the French Antilles. A dozen years before the events described in "Dr.Frigo" take place, Dr. Castillo's lawyer father, the leader of his country's Democratic Socialist party was assassinated. Instead of taking up his murdered father's cause, the good doctor lives an apolitical life, practicing medicine as a resident alien in his newfound land. Far too cynical to be swept away by romantic notions of family and homeland, Dr. Castillo is perfectly content to keep politics at arms length. He wants nothing to do with the long simmering plans of the Democratic Socialists' "government in exile" to return home as conquering heroes.
But circumstances beyond his control dictate otherwise. His finely woven cloak of cynicism can do nothing to prevent the inevitable.
Eric Ambler's writing is extremely insightful when it comes to describing the political underpinnings of world events. In "Dr. Frigo", Ambler deftly points out how the differences between revolutionary governments and dictatorships may be not all that clearcut. First published in the 1970's, this book is also remarkably prescient in its take on offshore oil drilling and its potentially profound influence on geopolitics. Recommended to political junkies, especially those with cynical minds.« less