Qanuk in the Land of The Zealots is a satire that examines medical training with sharp and cutting humor in the context of profound disillusionment. The story chronicles the adventures of The Morality Police, Jaded Larry, Follows the Rules, and The Grumbler, four over 40-year-old students, as they navigate medical school at the world’s most conservative university.
The heroes find themselves immersed in a milieu with classmates young enough to be their children, bureaucrats who are oblivious to common sense, and physicians who should never be in a position to teach. They soon uncover a sinister plot to overthrow The Four Commands which all Zealots are sworn to uphold and an evil spirit of entitlement that threatens to destroy the foundations of medicine, Qanuk.
Butler’s story pulls back the curtain on medical education and the toll that it takes on students, especially those with life-experience.