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Chamán (Cole Family Trilogy #2)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,640 Ratings  ·  245 Reviews
Escocés y miembro de una familia que ha practicado la medicina a lo largo de generaciones, Rob J. Cole debe emigrar por razones políticas a las nuevas tierras de América. Tras trabajar en Boston con el eminente cirujano Oliver Wendell Holmes, Cole partirá rumbo al Oeste, hacia un territorio que los colonos todavía no han podido arrebatar a los indios sauk, y donde le esper ...more
Paperback, 768 pages
Published June 30th 2006 by Zeta Bolsillo (first published 1992)
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May 11, 2009 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Shaman (Cole Family Trilogy #2), Noah Gordon
Sarah Goodwin
Jul 20, 2013 Sarah Goodwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2013 Roxana rated it it was amazing
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
May 11, 2011 Hoosier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2012 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 12, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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....
Gina Basham
Nov 09, 2014 Gina Basham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved all three books. The Physician my favorite.

The Physician - book one. Amazing story line with characters to love and hate. The main character was so realistic and likable. The descriptions of the times and places were very detailed and it was easy to put yourself there. I loved the progression of the story. Very well written. I would highly recommend.

Shaman - book two. Again, excellent story line. I did enjoy book one more than the second. Very well written. Exciting characters. Interesting
Nov 19, 2010 Greg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2008 Reinhold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ana borbolla
Jul 18, 2011 Ana borbolla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic
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
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
Mar 31, 2013 Rosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunque me ha gustado menos que El mdico, he disfrutado bastante con esta nueva aventura de dos mdicos 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 imaginacin 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 mdico del ejrcito durante la Guerra de Secesin, que s ...more
Apr 30, 2015 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oooo! This, the second book in Gordon's Cole Trilogy is even better than the first, "The Physician." There is an 800-year time elapse between the two books; so you don't need to read the first book in order to appreciate "Shaman." Maybe I enjoyed "Shaman" so much because it covers a period of U.S. history that I'm familiar with. Shaman is the son of Rob J. Cole, who immigrated from Scotland. When he dies we learn of his life through diaries which Shaman finds. There is much interesting data abou ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Nico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 27, 2014 Maryna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Книга немного расстроила. Нет той возвышенности, той одухотворенности, как в первой части. Нет той жажды знаний, открытий, того всеобъемлющего понимаю, что благодаря таким врачам зарождалась и развивались медицина. Книга более современная что ли. Конечно, времена в ней описаны другие, но все-таки это 19 век.
Честно скажу, что ожидала большего. Ждала, что меня снова охватит трепет перед настоящими лекарями.
Нет, Шаман и его отец - истинные врачи, потомки того Лекаря Коула. Они не оставят без помо
Mar 06, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 02, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2013 Ieva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 01, 2013 André rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alan Kaplan
Mar 18, 2015 Alan Kaplan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shaman is the sequel to the Physician by Noah Gordon. But it is an unusual type of sequel. 800 years pass between the first and the second book. One of the descendants of Rob Cole in the first book is now a physician in Boston and then the frontier of Illinois in the 1850's. The physician in this book is also named Rob Cole and he names his son, Rob Cole. The son is nicknamed Shaman by a native American who serves as the elder Rob Cole's nurse/homeopathic healer. This book is Dances with Wolves ...more
Gustavo Arango
Jan 28, 2015 Gustavo Arango rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuando decidí leer el libro Chaman, el segundo libro de la trilogía de la familia Cole me imaginaba una secuela en donde continuaba en el siglo XI y continuaba la historia tal vez con los hijos del Dr Cole establecidos en Escocia; mi sorpresa es que la historia brinca hasta el siglo XIX con un descendiente del Dr Cole llamado también Robert J. Cole que llega de Escocia a los Estados Unidos; el libro abarca tanto la vida del Dr proveniente de Escocia como posteriormente de su hijo que a pesar de ...more
Frieda Enciso
Jul 14, 2014 Frieda Enciso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy buen libro, comencé a leerlo con pocas expectativas gracias comentarios de la persona que me lo proporcionó, pero a lo largo de la lectura me fue sorprendiendo y terminé con un muy buen sabor de boca.
La descripción histórica que hace es muy buena ya que te transporta al mundo de los conquistadores del oeste, de los indios, de la guerra de cecesión. Pero lo que más me agradó fue la descripción se la situación de la sordera que hizo, me pareció muy fiel y acertada, además de que muchas de las
Aug 24, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really well-researched and written book, with characters I can relate to and not only a good pace, but a few very clever bits that surprised me and made me laugh (I don't want to spoil it, but one very funny wordplay with one of the character's names had me giggling quite a bit). Since I'm normally pretty stingy with my ratings I wasn't sure to give this 3 or 4 stars, but considering the scope of the book, I'm giving it 4. I didn't realize it was the second in a trilogy, and I'm very, ...more
Dec 13, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've not yet read the first - The Physician - as it is in a long wait list. I thoroughly enjoyed Shaman, finding it believable in every aspect. Personally, my people followed this same route from Scotland to the hardships of pioneering life in Illinois, then beyond. Starving, wandering Native Americans were still evident in these areas as late as 1890's according to family records - therefore, I find the story line factual. After reading only two books by Noah Gordon I'm fast becoming hooked on ...more
Doutor Branco
Mar 20, 2016 Doutor Branco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-em-2016
Loved it!
Kerry Hennigan
Mar 12, 2016 Kerry Hennigan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodness knows how many years Noah Gordon’s ‘Shaman’ had languished in my book stacks, remaining unread until just recently.

I’m pleased to say it was worth the wait to read it, through long nights and even stolen moments during my working day.

‘Shaman’ is the story of two generations of doctors – Rob J. Cole the elder, and his son, Rob J. Cole the younger a.k.a. ‘Shaman’.

Dr Cole senior arrives from his native Scotland and journeys to Indian country in Illinois. Here he settles to raise a family a
Jan 27, 2015 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
from amazon (and i agree):

gordon offers two fictionalized generations of doctoring on the Illinois frontier from 1839 to 1865, covering such medical history as the advent of hygiene and anesthesia. Rob J. Cole, political agitator in Scotland facing banishment to Australia, decides to migrate to the US. A doctor, he lands in Boston and can find work only in the Irish ghetto, making hovel calls for a charity. Disillusioned with the politics of the charity and intrigued with Indians, he heads west,
This 2nd book in the Cole Family trilogy, follows the descendants of the original RJ Cole 850 years later(they all have the initials RJ). Many of the sons have been physicians with the "gift" of prognosis by holding hands. The RJ Cole in this novel leaves Scotland because of political problems to seek a new life in the US & ends up in Boston where he practices for little or no salary in the slums. This doesn't satisfy him & he moves out West to Illinois where he sets up in a small commun ...more
Jun 28, 2014 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, fiction, kindle
I very much looked forward to reading Shaman after finishing the first book in the series, The Physician . While Shaman is fine and very easy to read, it lacks the appeal of its predecessor for several reasons. First, Dr. Rob J. Cole often comes across a bit too much like a bumbling, eager martyr rather than a professional doctor. Second, the Native American storylines don't really ring true -- they often feel forced and contrived and not a natural path the plot should have taken. Third, while ...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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