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Testimony of Two Men

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Someday the town of Hambledon might forget the lies they told about their brilliant young doctor. But they could never forgive the truths he told about them.
From this compelling story of a doctor at war with the world he has been taught to heal, Taylor Caldwell has fashioned a novel of an unforgettable, angry idealist -- a novel in which the drama of new medical frontiers
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Paperback, 704 pages
Published May 12th 1984 by Fawcett Books (first published 1968)
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Maura
Jun 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is one of my all-time favorites. Read this so many years ago and re-read it every so often. Set in the early 1900's, it tells the story of Jonathan Ferrier, the once-respected doctor of a small Pennsylvania town. His reputation is now in shreds due to the death of his young and very beautiful wife Mavis as the result of a botched abortion, for which Jonathan was arrested and tried. Acquitted of the crime, he is haunted by the past and in the process of selling his practice to a new doctor a ...more
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
I have been a voracious reader since childhood and I read this after viewing the miniseries of this book on TV. I don't really remember the miniseries all that well but I did end up reading the book after viewing the TV program while I Was a youngster in the 70s. This particular miniseries was never made into a DVD as far as I know. However, over the years I must have reread this book 100s of times. This is my #1 favorite book for all time. The story of the complex protagonist Jonathan Ferrier w ...more
Philip
Apr 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Very nice to see this book so highly regarded here. It was the first novel by Taylor Caldwell that I read, back in 1972, I believe. I've re-read it twice since then. It's a powerful story with the author's traditional emotional and scenic detail, a fascinating story peopled with fascinating characters and relationships. Regrettably it's out-of-print at this time, along with almost all of Caldwell's other works. With the current interest in historical novels, I'd like to see some of her books mad ...more
LJ
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Prod Desc: Someday the town of Hambledon might forget the lies they told about their brilliant young doctor. But they could never forgive the truths he told about them. From this compelling story of a doctor at war with the world he has been taught to heal, Taylor Caldwell has fashioned a novel of an unforgettable, angry idealist -- a novel in which the drama of new medical frontiers becomes part of a sweeping chronicle of love, death, desire, and redemption.

I was introduced to the wonderful wri
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Angie
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't love it, but didn't hate it.
Kurt Keefner
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
I might have more to say about this novel later. For now I'll say it's a great story about a larger-than-life physician trying to survive being moral (when he isn't being outrageously cynical) in an immoral world. Jonathan Ferrier is like all the positive characters in The Fountainhead rolled into a ball and kicked across the county.
Graham
Nov 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Graham by: Lesley
Gripping reading. I found the characters fascinating and the insight into the nature of people really exciting.

Didn't enjoy parts of the book - once or twice (not often), it was a little slow; also I felt some of the violence and sex described was unnecessarily crude or graphic.
Jen
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm giving it a 3- I think that I read it for the first time about 40 years ago, and it was one of my favourite books for many years. Re-reading it as an adult was a different story- it's still a good (if long) story, but I can see more faults than I used to. It certainly has a point of view, with very long preaching sections to emphasize it. It's difficult to find characters that aren't remarkably self-righteous about everything. I still do love the medical storyline- it was not an easy switch ...more
Jude
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been 45 years since I first read Testimony of Two Men, so I wasn't sure if it would live up to the memories. Just as good the 2nd time around! While I certainly remembered the gist of the story, there were so many details that I had forgotten over the years that it held me captive, once again.

This author does have a tendency to get overly long in her descriptions, but it's easy to skim where those descriptions are not important to the plot. This does not detract from the story, in the long
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Also known by the pen names Marcus Holland and Max Reiner.

Taylor Caldwell was born in Manchester, England. In 1907 she emigrated to the United States with her parents and younger brother. Her father died shortly after the move, and the family struggled. At the age of eight she started to write stories, and in fact wrote her first novel, The Romance of Atlantis, at the age of twelve (although it
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“We all feel inadequate very often. It’s only when it gets chronic that it is disturbing to one’s emotions and can get out of hand and make you pretty damn miserable.” 2 likes
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