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  • Title: Doc
  • Author: Mary Doria Russell Mark Bramhall
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  • Page: 320
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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 stranThe 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 26 year old dentist who has just opened an office at No 24, Dodge House Beautifully educated, born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr John Henry Holliday is given an awful choice at the age of 22 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 M ria 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.
    Doc The year is 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 rou

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    1. He began to die when he was twenty one, but tuberculosis is slow and sly and subtle The disease took fifteen years to hollow out his lungs so completely they could not longer keep him alive In all that time, he was allowed a single season of something like happiness Doc HollidayThis is the story of John Henry Doc Holliday He is a lunger, a gambler, a fornicator, a gentleman, a killer, a dentist, and an accomplished piano player He was a man capable of great violence one moment and compassionate [...]

    2. No offense to daises like Kirk Douglas, Victor Mature, Dennis Quaid or Sam Gilman but when it comes to Doc Holiday this will always be my huckleberry Tombstone is one of my favorite westerns movies of all time and I could give a rat s rancid ass that it s as hollywood a rendition of the Earp Holliday story as there s even been this instance, Hollywood knocked the cover off the ball.I wanted you to know where I was coming from vis a vis Doc so that you could put my review in some context With tha [...]

    3. I m your huckleberry Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday in TombstoneI m far the first person to bring up Kilmer s portrayal of Doc in the movie when reviewing this book, but it s hard to avoid the comparison other than just the obvious fact that they re both stories about the same man Much like Tombstone embraces the legend of a dying drunken dentist turned gambler with a talent and taste for gun fighting but also adds unexpected depths thanks in large part to Kilmer s performance, the book speculates a [...]

    4. He began to die when he was twenty one, but tuberculosis is slow and sly and subtle The disease took fifteen years to hollow out his lungs so completely they could no longer keep him alive In all that time, he was allowed a single season of something like happiness.This book is an historical fiction book There are many things that are true historical facts wrapped around some great fiction by the author There are a couple of mentions of Tombstone in the book, but this is mostly about Dr John Hen [...]

    5. At thirty, he would be famous for his part in the gunfight at the O.K Corral in Tombstone, Arizona A year later, he would become infamous when he rode at Wyatt Earp s side to avenge the murder of Wyatt s younger brother Morgan March 18, 1882 The he referred to above is John Henry Holliday 1851 1887 , known as Doc Holliday This is his story Author Mary Doria Russell presents the story of Doc Holliday as if it were a card game Here are the sections The PlayersThe AnteFirst HandSecond HandThird Han [...]

    6. If you follow me , you ll know I ve been struggling with the book club I joined last spring I ve disliked, vigorously, four of six books we ve read thus far My reading philosophy forbids wasting time on books that don t capture me in their opening chapters, but I ve had to bend my rules to honor book club commitments Number Five a memoir fared better, but only by a thread Number Six was my pick I loved it I feel sheepish because it was my selection, but after months of insufferable duds, I went [...]

    7. Mary Doria Russell s Doc is an audaciously modest novel Its subject, John Doc Holliday is a footnote to a footnote in history, a supporting character in the overblown and lethal tableau known as the Gunfight at the OK Corral The Hollywood Holliday is a supporting actor, educated, literate, and lethal, a scenery chewing contrast to the taciturn Wyatt Earp Think Dennis Quaid in Wyatt Earp, or Val Kilmer at his career best in Tombstone These portrayals are fun, but work best in small doses You woul [...]

    8. A youth in the South An education in the North Bred for life in the East Trying not to die in the West.This synopsis of the life of John Henry Doc Holliday is elegant in its simplicity and perhaps holds truth about his life than the hundreds of thousands of words that have been written about him I will confess that my earliest exposure to Doc Holliday was Val Kilmer s excellent portrayal in Tombstone I have probably watched that movie in its entirety no less than 15 times however, I ve always k [...]

    9. Doc by Mary Doria Russell would be a fun book even if it was an adventure as prologue to Tombstone Truth be said, as I read the book, the dialogue between the characters took the voice of the cast of the 1993 film, especially Doc Holliday portrayed as Val Kilmer Russell herself said that this was not so much for the adventure of writing about famed gunslinger Holliday, or even writing a revisionist tale to be historically accurate In some sense she has done both Russell said that she was writin [...]

    10. This was a perfect novel for me Russell brings to life a wonderful version of Doc Holiday as a man trying his best to play the bad hand of slowing dying from TB and of his friend Wyatt Earp as a man with a Boy Scout core compromised by family loyalties and a temper triggered by his hatred of bullies The first page sets the context of this tale by minimizing some stereotypes At thirty, he would be famous for his part in the gunfight at the O.K Corral in Tombstone, Arizona A year later he would be [...]

    11. Delightful audio by one of my favorite narrators, Mark Bramhall He s so superbly skilled with a beautiful voice and range It s a wonderful story and he took me there.

    12. Summer of 1878 The much too famous thirty seconds of shooting at the O.K Corral was three years in the future Doc Holliday was in Dodge City, Kansas It was here that he cemented his friendship with the Earp brothers Wyatt, Morgan, and James By this time, John Henry Doc Holliday was already a dentist, an accomplished pianist, and a formidable opponent at the high stakes card games He was also plagued by a nasty case of tuberculosis, which had driven him West for the drier air Doc arrived in Dodge [...]

    13. The force of any book of Mary Doria Russell s, in my mind, is the ability she has to look back on history, and treat the people making it with almost infinite individual compassion.This is the sort of compassion she brings to bear while writing the story of Doc Henry John Holliday, famous Wild West gunman, dentist, and consumptive.In one of her earlier interviews, Russell stated that she d fallen in love with Doc Holliday, and it is clear from the tone of the book that this is very much the case [...]

    14. NO SPOILERS I chose to read this book because I very much liked Mary Doria Russell s novel A Thread of Grace I enjoy historical fiction, but not science fiction, the genre of several other of the author s books True, I was not terribly interested in a cowboy story, but in a good author s hands almost any topic is interesting So I was willing to give this a chance I am glad I read the novel, but I do not believe it matches up with A Thread of Grace ,This book is not primarily about the 1881 shoot [...]

    15. I will preface by saying I expected this to just be a cowboy story.I should not have I have read The Sparrow by the same author, and found it to be a deep, touching story about faith and aliens and atrocities and recovery But still, Doc is the story of Doc Holliday, so I simply expected a cowboy story a rough ridden, yee haw, get along little dogie, bang bang, lookee here pardner cowboy story.And what I got was a beautifully written, thoroughly researched, and deeply touching portrait of a man w [...]

    16. I read the two books in reverse order I probably should have read this book first, not that it really made a ton of difference Epitaph deals a lot with the Earp brothers, although Doc is a very important part of that whole story And what a brilliant and creative author Mary Doria Russell is The life and personality of Doc Holliday as portrayed here is absolutely fascinating An accomplished dentist, poker player, a brilliant philosopher, a concert pianist, living among country bumpkins and cowbo [...]

    17. If you are not interested in Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, and Bat Masterson, don t let that deter you from reading this book At one level, this book is an attempt, through historical fiction history than fiction the author tells us , to present an honest and nuanced portrait of people who to most of us exist, if at all, only as cardboard cutout characters On another level, the fact that most of the people in this book are real is almost irrelevant the book would be equally powerful as a work of pu [...]

    18. There were some good momentsa lot of historical events attached to the man that I was not aware ofd some not so good momentso much side tracking into the lives of secondary individuals that I could have lived without knowing BUT how can I expect to be entertained in the least bit by a story about Doc Holidays life in which the gunfight at the OK Corral gets no than a side note mention at the end of the book Yes, yes, I know, and I ve read the other reviews, the gunfight story has been romantici [...]

    19. I received this novel as part of the First Reads program.Mary Doria Russell still has it, that indefinable storyteller quality that made The Sparrow one of my favorite novels of all time.In this work of historical fiction, Russell paints a portrait of Doc Holliday s years in Dodge City, Kansas It s a very compelling and moving story, and in the telling the reader gets to know famous figures such as Wyatt and Morgan Earp, and not so famous figures from different races, nationalities, and walks of [...]

    20. Mary Doria Russell s fictional account of the life of gunfighter John Henry Doc Holliday contains truth than any published biographies and possible even than the actual events.

    21. That was the fork in the road That was when everything might have changed This book might be better named as Doc, the early years, because if you are expecting Doc s story to take you on to Tombstone and the infamous shootout at the OK Corral you are going to be sorely disappointed That said, this was still an enjoyable novel and should interest those hankering for a closer look at the enigmatic John Henry Doc Holliday and the short time he lived in Dodge City, Kansas Georgia born and a gentlema [...]

    22. It s funny to read other readers reviews of this book because almost all of them start by saying something like, Everyone knows Doc Holliday Wyatt Earp Tombstone shootout at the OK Corral Well, I guess I m not everyone I really had no knowledge of any of the characters or events that this book draws on, so while this may be seen as well researched historical fiction, I m forced to just enjoy it as a novel and let the quibbles over specific details be left to historians I would never have read th [...]

    23. 1.99 on 01 23 17Very well researched This book give us a good look at Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp and his brothers, and takes us into Dodge City Strong character driven novel A great read

    24. Book info Genre Historical Fiction Western Reading Level AdultDisclosure I received a free paperback ARC uncorrected proof from Vine in exchange for an honest review.Book read late March to early April, 2011 and review written 4 5 2011Synopsis Born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr John Henry Holliday arrives on the Texas frontier hoping that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health Soon, with few job prospects, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally with his partne [...]

    25. Audio book performed by Mark BramhallJohn Henry Doc Holliday was educated, a Southern gentleman, an accomplished pianist, a compassionate dentist, a gambler, and tubercular Wyatt Earp and his brothers, Morgan and James, were the proof that sons raised by a bully will either follow in his footsteps or rebel by becoming champions of the downtrodden These iconic figures of the American West are forever linked by the events of one afternoon in Tombstone Arizona But this book introduces us to the rea [...]

    26. I believe my first knowledge of this book came from hearing about it on an NPR show on which Nancy Pearl, librarian extraordinaire, is a co host.Maybe not, but I also seem to remember reading a review of it by Ron Charles that was generally positive.Whatever the case, I was finally pushed into reading when I fished it out of a long list of books potentially in the running to be included in the upcoming 2012 Tournament of Books Being all nerdy about wanting to try to read as many of the 16 partic [...]

    27. i was looking forward to this book as it has good reviews but i must say i was disappointede book is historical fiction and focuses on the life of doc holliday before he became famous for his role at the shootout in tombstone, arizona the book focuses on holiday s life in dodge city, kansas it is here that he crosses paths with the earp brothers and his on again off again partner, kate i think my problem with this book is that i felt like nothing really happens we get vignettes of various inhabi [...]

    28. If I had a six shooter and didn t work in the District , I d be firing it off in celebration of Doc, Mary Doria Russell s fantastic new novel about Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp Since winning top honors for her science fiction 15 years ago, Russell has blasted her way into one genre after another, and now she s picked up the old conventions of the Wild West and brought these dusty myths back to life in a deeply sympathetic, aggressively researched and wonderfully entertaining story Doc is no color [...]

    29. Author Mary Doria Russell weaves a story so beautifully you can smell the smoke, cheap perfume and saddle leather A must read for lovers of J.HH and Dodge.

    30. Doc , Mary Doria Russell s recent work of literature, is unique in that it is a biography AND a novel AND a murder mystery It s not often one reads a book in which the author not only switches up the tone and the style but the genre, as well What s amazing is that she does it so well and so seamlessly Russell de mythologizes the historical figure of Doc Holliday, turning the well known gunslinger icon a figure based mostly on false Hollywood depictions into the flesh and blood man that he was I [...]

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