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Doc by Mary Doria Russell
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Aug 21, 2012

it was amazing

Biographies such as this one, though a work of historical fiction, are one in a million. Doc is simply the best book I have read in a very long time. You feel as though you are living with Doc, like you could have a cup of coffee with him and talk about anything and he would be very interested in what you have to say. His character is written as a fully complex person, compassionate, stubborn, highly intelligent, and very principled. Doc's support of the underdog, like Johnnie Sanders is compelling, his care for the less fortunate was a delight to discover. I appreciated the more realistic, multicultural setting of this western. I want to read it all over again , because I will miss Doctor John Henry Holliday very much. Mary Doria Russell has applied characters to the plot like fine brushstrokes on a painting, from Kate to Wyatt to Don Sing she seems to know the characters as fully dimensional very human people avoiding the dime novelization of westward expansion that can sometimes happen with the western genre. In many ways, this novel is very like the popular Cable series Hell On Wheels-- gritty, human, funny, strong and powerful. Do read this novel if you read nothing else this year... Happy Trails readers!

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Phyllis Jennings Ellie- what a beautifully written review- I truly enjoyed it! I read another of her books earlier this year and also found it fiercely intelligent and a fascinating read...The Sparrow- have you read it?


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