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Doc - Mary Doria Russell
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The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his... show more
The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail twenty-six-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.   Beautifully educated, born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday is given an awful choice at the age of twenty-two: die within months in Atlanta or leave everyone and everything he loves in the hope that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health. Young, scared, lonely, and sick, he arrives on the rawest edge of the Texas frontier just as an economic crash wrecks the dreams of a nation. Soon, with few alternatives open to him, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally; he is also living with Mária Katarina Harony, a high-strung Hungarian whore with dazzling turquoise eyes, who can quote Latin classics right back at him. Kate makes it her business to find Doc the high-stakes poker games that will support them both in high style. It is Kate who insists that the couple travel to Dodge City, because “that’s where the money is.” And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp really begins—before Wyatt Earp is the prototype of the square-jawed, fearless lawman; before Doc Holliday is the quintessential frontier gambler; before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology—when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety. Authentic, moving, and witty, Mary Doria Russell’s fifth novel redefines these two towering figures of the American West and brings to life an extraordinary cast of historical characters, including Holliday’s unforgettable companion, Kate. First and last, however, Doc is John Henry Holliday’s story, written with compassion, humor, and respect by one of our greatest contemporary storytellers. 
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400068043 (1400068045)
ASIN: 1400068045
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 394
Edition language: English
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Angel's Book Reviews 2.0
Angel's Book Reviews 2.0 rated it
3.0 Doc
DOC, BY MARY DORIA RUSSELLFor some unknown reason, one of my friends is going through a Western phase. It's a bit baffling to the rest of us, since it's so far removed from our reality, but we all love her dearly, so I decided to be supportive and read this book, which is one of her most recent favo...
Bluebird
Bluebird rated it
5.0 Doc: A Novel
What a wonderful book! This is the story of John Henry “Doc” Holliday. The “characters” made famous by the Gunfight at the OK Corral had always been rather one-dimensional to me, however Doria Russell’s writing has brought them to life. This story is both heart-warming and heart-breaking. It’s...
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
5.0 DOC BY MARY DORIA RUSSELL
”He began to die when he was twenty-one, but tuberculosis is slow and sly and subtle. The disease took fifteen years to hollow out his lungs so completely they could not longer keep him alive. In all that time, he was allowed a single season of something like happiness.”Doc HollidayThis is the story...
So.... Nicky?
So.... Nicky? rated it
4.0
Doc is steeped strong in historical detail; the flow of the writing keeps it going down easy. I love how rich the people are on the page, how we've learned so much about them that small actions toward the end reverberate with meaning. This is the third book I've read by Russell, and the third to use...
Valz
Valz rated it
5.0 Doc: A Novel
Because I am a huge fan of Mary Doria Russell and because I have always been intrigued by Doc Holiday I was excited to read this book. I listened to it on audio and it was excellent! Russell combines story telling with history in such a marvelous manner that the past comes to life. If you like histo...
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