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Doc

A Novel
Russell, Mary Doria (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Doc


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The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail twenty-six-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House. nbsp; Beautifully educated, born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday is given an awful choice at the age of twenty-two: die within months in Atlanta or leave everyone and everything he loves in the hope that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health. Young, scared, lonely, and sick, he arrives on the rawest edge of the Texas frontier just as an economic crash wrecks the dreams of a nation. Soon, with few alternatives open to him, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally; he is also living with Mária Katarina Harony, a high-strung Hungarian whore with dazzling turquoise eyes, who can quote Latin classics right back at him. Kate makes it her business to find Doc the high-stakes poker games that will support them both in high style. It is Kate who insists that the couple travel to Dodge City, because "that's where the money is." And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp really begins--before Wyatt Earp is the prototype of the square-jawed, fearless lawman; before Doc Holliday is the quintessential frontier gambler; before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology--when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety. Authentic, moving, and witty, Mary Doria Russell's fifth novel redefines these two towering figures of the American West and brings to life an extraordinary cast of historical characters, including Holliday's unforgettable companion, Kate. First and last, however, Doc is John Henry Holliday's story, written with compassion, humor, and respect by one of our greatest contemporary storytellers.nbsp;
Authors: Russell, Mary Doria, 1950-
Title: Doc
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xvi, 394 p ;,24 cm.
ISBN: 9781400068043
1400068045
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John Henry Holiday ‘Doc’ Holiday gambler, dentist, and gun fighter of OK Corral fame comes to full, fascinating, and colorful life in this fascinating historical novel. There have been many stories written (both fiction and nonfiction) about the life and times of this famous character and this one is excellent. Well written and true to place and time you can almost taste the dust as Doc Holiday, suffering from consumption(tuberculosis) struggles to navigate the smoky saloons and gritty streets of Dodge City Kansas. Filled with many colorful historical characters this is a wonderful ‘western’ that everyone will enjoy.

I liked the book. I'm now trying to find a good Wyatt Eurp book and can't seem to. I have been spoilt.

This was a great read. Probably my first "western." All the characters were so rich and full, that you felt like you knew what made them all click. And ultimately this book is about friendship and loyalty and the many challenges that can try to tear folks apart. Great story, great characters. And fun to boot!

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  • arbolito rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good read if you like getting a more realistic look into what has become an overly simplified gunfight story... Doc introduces us to some very interesting characters, and mde me want to read more of Mary Doria Russel's work. I am reading Sparrow now which so very different.

Report This Feb 07, 2013
  • sschwa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good book, but not as rich as A Thread of Grace.

Report This Oct 18, 2012
  • EndsWell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was an absolutely fabulous book - one of my Top 10 for 2011.

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  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Separating the man from the legend, Mary Doria Russell’s Doc is an extraordinary read about John Henry Holliday, better known as Doc Holliday. This book kept me glued to its pages for days. Taking the information that is known, she builds a story that rings with conviction and passion. The plot is concentrated mostly over the year of 1878, the year Holliday met the Earps, and with the part-time prostitute who was often by his side, Kate Harony, lived in the notorious Dodge City, Kansas. First and foremost, this is a story of loyalty and friendship. The care and camaraderie between the Earps and Doc Holliday is exceptional. As Morgan once states about Doc, “He didn’t have any brothers of his own, so we took him as one of ours.” The contrast between Wyatt Earp, a masculine, strong and willful man to the frail, weak, slowly dying Holliday is beautifully drawn and highlights the charismatic nature of both men. This is far from a rip-roaring, lead pumping western. Doc is a beautifully drawn, character-driven story that is told with wit and skill. A secondary plotline featuring the murder of a coloured boy, helps to define the nature of these interesting men and, brings us a clear, sharp picture of the dirty politics that were behind the way Dodge City was being run. I found Doc to be a deeply moving story, and one that I will remember for a long, long time. Highly recommended

Report This Sep 25, 2012
  • Urbano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Engrossing. I loved it.

Report This Sep 22, 2012
  • rhys33 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Well written, but the story seems to wander along aimlessly without any real direction. It has a few moments here and there, but what a snoozer! I expected much more after reading Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow (which, by the way, is an amazing book).

Report This Aug 17, 2012
  • Suzanne_Library rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written. A moving portrait of human beings struggling in dehumanizing conditions, forging compassionate links with each other in spite of the difficulty and despair in their lives. Who would have imagined that a novel about gunslingers in the Old West could depict the redeeming power of love?

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1878, Dodge City, Kansas Doc Holliday is given an awful choice at age 22, die with in months in Atlanta or leave and move to dry air and sunshine in the west. Friendship develops btwn Doc Holliday and Wyat Earp- Holliday becomes a gamble and lives with Kate and Hungarian whole who can quote Latin classics right back to Doc Holiday.

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