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Doc: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 3, 2011
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A Letter from Author Mary Doria Russell
For the past three years, when people asked what my next novel is about, I've only had to say four words. “It's about Doc Holliday.” You mention Doc Holliday to guys especially and they just light up. “Oh, man! I love Doc!” they say, and they often mention Val Kilmer's portrayal in the movie Tombstone.
Praise for Doc
"Fact and mythmaking converge as Russell creates a Dodge City filled with nuggets of surprising history, a city so alive readers can smell the sawdust and hear the tinkling of saloon pianos...Filled with action and humor yet philosophically rich and deeply moving—a magnificent read." -Kirkus
Praise for Mary Doria Russell
“In clean, effortless prose and with captivating flashes of wit, Mary Doria Russell creates memorable characters who navigate the world of exciting ideas and disturbing moral issues without ever losing their humanity or humor.”—The Bookwatch, on The Sparrow
“The action moves swiftly, with impressive authority, jostling dialogue, vibrant personalities and meticulous, unexpected historical detail. The intensity and intimacy of Russell’s storytelling, her sharp character writing and fierce sense of humor bring fresh immediacy to this riveting . . . saga.” —Publishers Weekly, on A Thread of Grace
“Brilliant . . . powerful . . . Russell is an outstanding natural storyteller whose remarkable wit, erudition, and dramatic skills keep us turning the pages in excitement and anticipation.” —San Francisco Chronicle, on Children of God
“Rapturous and relevant . . . a wonderful story that brings to life a period of history that has remarkable parallels to our own.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer, on Dreamers of the Day
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hearted card sharp that survived many a gun fight with his quick drawing skills.
This portrayal I felt was a bit whiney. This man must have been hard as nails to survive in that environment and for stall death for so many years with tuberculosis and all night card games with the rough characters that settled their disputes with sidearms without a second thought. I give it a 3 star rating as a good read, but one that left me wanting to see more of that tough side he must have had.
Author Mary Russell writes what is known as speculative fiction. She will take a topic or person, research ten ways to Sunday, and then write a story encompassing these facts and details into a fictional work.
Born in Georgia to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday was bright, mannered and educated to be a dental surgeon. Unfortunately he contacted tuberculosis, probably from his mother, and decided to journey west to set up practice hoping the sunshine and dry air would help his condition.
In Texas and Kansas he meets such men destined to be famous/infamous in their own right: The Earp Brothers, Wyatt, Morgan and James; Edwin "Eddie Foy" Fitzgerald, the saloon owners and patrons; the gamblers; the bordello gals and Wyatt's horse Dick Naylor.
Doc can never quite get his dental office up and operating so to keep bread on the table turns to professional gambling. His lady companion Mária Katarina Harony who is a high-strung, classically educated Hungarian whore helps him out in this pursuit with her accurate "reading" of who is sitting at the tables.
The detail and accuracy that goes into the tales and descriptions in Mary Russell's book leaves one wondering if she may have access to a time machine.
I also enjoyed learning about Doc's relationships with Kate Harony , and the Earp family.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in western history. The book was well written , and a real page turner.
My sincere thanks, Dr. Erickson, for the recommendation! I'll be rereading this one soon.
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