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Shaman (Cole Family Trilogy #2)

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Shaman is the prize-winning second volume of Noah Gordon’s celebrated Cole trilogy. It is as great a reading experience as The Physician. A New York Times Notable Book.Dr. Robert Judson Cole travels from his ravaged Scotland homeland, through the operating rooms of Boston, to the cabins of frontier Illinois. In the wilderness he befriends the starving remnants of the Sauk...more
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Published June 5th 2012 by Barcelona eBooks (first published 1992)
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Allison
One of the best books I've ever read. It was hard to put it down. This is the second book in a trilogy, and I intend to read them all. The book tells the story of a doctor during the Black Hawk wars and Civil War. The descriptions of medical practices, homesteading, army prison camps, etc. are very well researched and woven into the story beautifully. If you love historic novels, this is a must read.
Hoosier
As other reviewers have noted, this book takes place over 800 years after The Physician. As the novel begins, Dr. Robert Judson Cole (Rob J.) flees from his native Scotland for the New Word in the mid-1800's. He begins his medical career in Boston working with Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. and the indigent, immigrant population. Soon thereafter, Rob J. leaves Boston to see the West. He settles in Holden's Crossing, Illinois and establishes his medical practice. While in Holden's Crossing, he be...more
Christine
Finally finished this marathon of a book.
It is meticulously researched, as is typical of Noah Gordon, but I didn't find this book as accessible and readable as The Physician. Many of the links with the Cole family were there, and the role of the doctor at war was beautifully portrayed, with all of the clinical, moral and ethical dilemmas graphically demonstrated.
My main difficulty is that the writing style was very clunky, and the book is just too long, with a great deal of time spent on Dr Col...more
Cindy
The second of the trilogy, I started this one directly on the heals of the "The Physcian". I was startled at first by the jump in time, but realized immediately that it's becuase there was another medical 'moment' to be recorded. Gordon has a talent for drawing the 'time'. The characters are real, but the element that makes his books truly remarkable i s the history. The 'first person' point of view on the situations and morays of the past. I loved it.. and moved DIRECTLY onto the third....
Greg
If this is historical fiction, so is Gunsmoke. I think watch in Dr.Quinn Medicine woman, Little House on the Prairie or Bonanza would be a better use of time, I'm sure you could find similar story lines. I don't look to TV for intellectual depth and often prefer shows that don't require much brain activity but I like books with depth. According to this book, American soil must be bad for the soul. Only recent immigrants should apply for sainthood. Funny, the book points out Anti- Catholicism and...more
Reinhold
Ausgezeichnete Fortsetzung von 'Der Medicus'

Mit diesem Buch ist Noah Gordon ein wirklich großer Wurf gelungen. War der Medicus schon recht ansprechend, so hat er hier das Thema nochmals aufgegriffen und eine noch bessere Fortsetzung geschrieben.

Der Roman spielt in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Ein Nachfahre des im Medicus beschriebenen Rob J. Cole verfasst ein Pamphlet gegen die englische Krone und muss daher seine Heimat Schottland verlassen. Er ist wie viele aus seiner Familie mit de...more
Sarah Goodwin
There's something weird about Gordon's novels, they sit on the shelf, looking hefty and imposing. It takes me forever to start one, but once I do, I steam through, luxuriating in every page.

I loved The Physician with a passion, and this is another great book by the same author. At times events seem similar to those in the first book, but this novel holds its own as well. I found the small moments of humor very good indeed, and also loved the pioneer elements, as that's one of my favorite things...more
Ana borbolla
Desde un principio le agarre un especial cariño al libro "El médico", primera entrega de la trilogía de Noah Gordon, por ello compré apresurada esta segunda parte que, a pesar de desarrollarse en un espacio temporal de diferencias palpables, mantiene una interesante armonía con el estilo del libro anterior.

Siendo sincera en un principio no me gustó el libro, me resultó largo de leer y no solo por su grosor físico, sino que la historia me pareció densa.. La muerte de Makwa es explicada de manera...more
Roxana
This was a wonderful book to read. Two amaizing and unforgetable characters, descendant from that first Rob J. Cole we meet at The Physician, shared his same name and the passion for medicine. They both follow they heart and believes. Robert J. Cole (father) is forced to leave his natal Scotland and travel to the new world for political reassons, there he travels to Boston fist and then to the west, where he get in touch with a native american tribe...
And then there was Chaman (Robert Jefferson...more
Sheri
This is the second of a trilogy. What a great storyteller author Noah Gordon is! The story begins with the death of Rob J. Cole, who is The Physician ( the first book). Shaman is the younger of the two sons, and this book is about him. He is deaf due to a childhood illness. He wants to become a doctor like his father was. His father says that can never happen because he is deaf, but he is determined. He applies at just about every medical school there is and is finally accepted, with conditions....more
Rosa
Aunque me ha gustado menos que El m��dico, he disfrutado bastante con esta nueva aventura de dos m��dicos Cole contada por Noah Gordon. Me encantan los autores que se documentan hasta la saciedad para escribir sus novelas, haciendo que tareas rutinarias del siglo pasado cobren vida en tu imaginaci��n hasta el ��ltimo detalle. Lo ��nico que no me ha gustado demasiado de este libro ha sido la parte en la que Rob J. Cole relata todas sus experiencias como m��dico del ej��rcito durante la Guerra de...more
Diane
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Bookwurms

This being the second book of the Cole Trilogy, I found it as entertaining as the first book "the Physician". The continuation of a wonderful story depicting the hardships of the old days preceding the civil war of the USA. The novel is very well written by the author, very cohesive and rich in the details that enthralls a reader and makes you feel as if you're part of the story. I would most definitely recommend this book to someone looking for a rich and fulfilling story.
Denise
This is the second in the Cole Family Trilogy, the story of a family of physicians. This book covers the Rob Coles, father and son who are now in the United States and most of the story takes place before and during the American Civil War. The father has emigrated from Scotland and makes his way via Boston to Iowa to set up his medical practice, in part due to his fascination with the Native American culture. He has made a personal pledge of non-violence due to an early experience with political...more
Ieva
Lasot Noa Gordona „Dziednieku” uzreiz jutu, ka pie šī darba gribēšu atgriezties atkal un atkal, tāpēc nevilcinoties to ieliku arī savā goodreads iemīļoto vēsturisko romānu (jeb favorite-history-fiction) plauktā. Tāpēc, protams, ka ļoti gribēju izlasīt arī tā turpinājumu – „Šamanis”.
Ja tā īsi: patika, bet ne tik ļoti kā „Dziednieks”.
Ja plašāk: „Šamani” lasīju tiešām ilgi: no 17. februāra (cik labi, ka goodreads varu paskatīties precīzi ) līdz 11. martam. Iemesli tam ir divi – grāmata ir tiešām bi...more
Dhe
quando ho visto questo libro nello scaffale della biblioteca l'ho preso in prestito. non saprei dire il motivo, dato che la copertina non è nulla di che, non ci sono immagini che possano aver attirato la mia attenzione e allo stesso modo non avevo mai sentito parlare dell'autore. ora che l'ho letto posso dire di aver preso un buon libro, interessante e scorrevole.

noah gordon è uno scrittore non troppo prolifico, scrive un libro ogni 2 o 3 anni, i suoi libri sono ambientati negli anni 1800-1900,...more
Liz
Jun 14, 2009 Liz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: if you read The Physician
Recommended to Liz by: Acknowledgments from noah gordon
This book takes place during the time of the Civil War. There are many disputes between Indians and Whites, Blacks and Whites, Jews, Catholics, and Christians.
Shaman grows up being raised by an Indian woman named Bear Woman, his mother, Sarah, and his father, Robert J. Cole. After a bout with illness Shaman is deaf. He learns the ways of the Indians with sign language, which later his father refuses to have him do because he doesnt him to lose his speech. As Shaman ages, Bear Woman is brutally...more
André
I have to say I'm quite disappointed with the book. I expected much more after having read "The Physician" and having heard that the second book of the trilogy is even better. What I loved about the first book was that it absolutely captured me and pulled me into the story, with a plot thrilling and educating, yet realistic and credible. This time the story is credible too, no doubt, but it isn't half as thrilling or even interesting. Is it, because I am European and thus don't feel as linked to...more
Lauren
This book is the Sequel to The Physician. As I'm sure you know by now, The Physician was set in 11th Century England and Shaman is set in 1840s through 1860s frontier America, so this is not a sequel in the traditional sense. Indeed, aside from a few anecdontes about a Cole dynasty of physicians in Scotland and the inheritence of the "gift" of sensing when patients are about to die, The Shaman is a free standing novel.

The Shaman is about Dr. Rob J. Cole, who is forced to immigrate to America af...more
Sara Gómez
El otro día terminé de leer Chamán de Noah Gordon, comentaros que es parte de la trilogía de La Familia Cole,El Médico(otro día os escribiré acerca de este libro),Chamán y La Señora Cole, cada uno ambientado en una época diferente de la historia humanidad el primero en el siglo IX,( Inglaterra y Persia). Chamán, nos contará la historia americana de comienzos del siglo XIX, La señora Cole estará ambientado en nuestro siglo.
Este libro sigue la línea de El Médico, contando la historia de Rob J y Ch...more
Antonio De la rosa
A couple of good readers I know told me that Shaman would be disappointing, specially when compared to The Physician, the first book of the trilogy. It wasn't, I enjoyed very much reading it. It was a while ago since I read a book that I cannot put down. I had this sad, empty feeling when the book was over: and now what.

I guess it is balance what makes a great book: the historical bit, well documented and as far as I know trustworthy... but never too much, the plot, rich in lines and sometimes r...more
Julie
I enjoyed the first book of the saga and I also enjoyed this one. What I like of historical fiction is that you not only read a story but, if the author makes a good research on the time when the story takes place, you also learn about the history of the time. In this case the History of the United States which I find fascinating. Furthermore, as in the first book of the saga you learn how doctors coped in the older ages. I am looking forward to reading the next one: 'Doctor Cole'
Zoltaire

One of my top ten books this year. A very good book with easy-to-read descriptive prose. It's about a gifted 19th century physician cursed with the ability of knowing when a patient is about to die with a mere touch of a hand. Set in the area of the Platte River in the Central Great Plains, the novel takes the reader through a journey among the Sauk Indians, their eventual massacre, and the bloody blue and gray civil war with Rob J. Cole and his deaf son Shaman as the protagonists in this two-pa...more
Mark Smiley
This book and others in the series was recommended to m by a patient. I was expecting a day by day medical history of a person, possibly a how-to guide to do medicine back in the day. While there are some home-brewed cures and introduction of things like ether, it is a man's journey through life as he becomes a physician. I was shocked at first by the lifestyle of the protagonist but realized his values were not my own. Once accepting that, I could forge on and enjoy this story.
Sandy from Alaska Colón
This is the second book in the Cole Family trilogy. The story takes place in the 19th century, in America. The family name of each first born continued throughout the generations to be called Rob J. with a long line of physicians. This book tells the story of two generations of Rob J. Cole, both physicians.

I enjoyed the book immensely, even more than the first book. Again, I loved the parts which described the various medical procedures and how medicine was practiced in the 19th century. Also in...more
Julie
Fabulous!
Great storytelling, a wonderful commentary on American history and medical history. Doubted that I'd like anything as much as the Physician - but this great tale did it. I will always have a place in my heart for Shaman.
Michael Nordberg
This second book of the Cole family trilogy was entertaining and filled with interesting facts about the time just before and just after Civil War. The details of the medical procedures of the time are fascinating. The horrors of war as seen through the eyes of a physician working in the horrific field hospitals and hospital ships of the time are very vividly depicted. Make sure you read the afterword where he thanks all the librarians and physicians who helped him with the historical reference...more
Rani
The book is a good read with a combination of a compelling story and historical settings that are well researched and come alive in the story. Rob J. Cole is a country physician in the late 1800s in Holden's Crossing Illinois. His interest in medicine and healing lead to interactions with the Sauk Indians and he becomes a good friend to the tribe's medicine woman, Makwa-Ikwa. The story takes the reader on a journey through the years leading up through the civil war with interesting detail on the...more
Karen
I can't believe I actually finished this book and it is not like it was a short book. 600+ pages!!! Guess I kept hoping and expecting it to get better because I did like The Physician.
For one thing, I'm not sure how it counts as part of a trilogy because the timeframe of the Physician was several hundred years before this book so the only tie in with the current protagonists was ancestral.
Another annoyance was that Gordon changed topics within a paragraph like most authors change topic in chapt...more
Mazel
Aug 17, 2009 Mazel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman-historique
En 1839, un jeune médecin idéaliste, Rob J. Cole, s'est installé dans l'Illinois, aux limites du territoire des Indiens Sauks, persécutés, et à qui il vient en aide.

Il s'éprend de l'Indienne Makwa, que sa condition de shaman voue à la chasteté.

C'est elle qui donnera ce surnom au fïls que Rob a d'une autre femme.
Puis elle sera sauvagement assassinée.

Rob, mobilisé dans la guerre de Sécession, est contraint de partir et ne reviendra pas.

Malgré le handicap de sa surdité, son fils Shaman entrepr...more
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Noah Gordon is an American novelist. Some of the topics covered within his novels include medical history and medical ethics. More recently he has begun to focus more on themes relating to the Inquisition, and Jewish cultural history. His novel Shaman won the first James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction in 1993.

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