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Read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ë Mary Doria Russell The year is 1878 peak of the Texas cattle trade The place is Dodge City Kansas a saloon filled cow town jammed with liuored 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 HouseBeautifully 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 lo. No offense to daises like Kirk Douglas Victor Mature Dennis uaid or Sam Gilmanbut when it comes to Doc Holiday this will always be my huckleberry Tombstone is one of my favorite westerns movies of all time and I could give a rat’s rancid ass that it’s as hollywood a rendition of the EarpHolliday story as there’s even beenin this instance Hollywood knocked the cover off the ballI wanted you to know where I was coming from vis a vis Doc so that you could put my review in some context With that said I’m gonna steal borrow my good friend Richard’s review structure for this one and hope he doesn’t go all Ike Clanton on me THE BOOK REPORTIf Tombstone was summertime testosterone flavored candy for the man parts than Doc by Maria Doria Russell is the Christmastime Oscar hopeful limited release Merchant Ivory production There’s very little gun play and no stunt men were needed to perform any of the scenes in the story It’s character driven nuanced and leisurely paced and takes itself very seriously without ever even hinting of pretension Rather than focusing on the widely adapted occurrences taking place at Tombstone Arizona the novel focuses briefly on Doc’s early years and then spends the balance of the story during the years prior to Tombstone that Holiday and the Earps lived in Dodge City Kansas It was a period I was vaguely familiar with but Russell lays it out with such elegance and skill that I feel like I have heard the story for the first time In addition to being a character study of Doc and Wyatt Earp and to a lesser degree the other Earp boys and their “wives” there is also a murder mystery element that acts as a secondary focal point for the narrative This was unexpectedbut not unwelcome I was hesitant to even mention this secondary plot because it is so gradually threaded into the tapestry of the story that I kept wondering to myself whether the solving of it was going to be part of the final resolution However it is a very important ingredient and though it spends most of the time in the background it is very much a lynchpin of both the novel and Doc’s story BONUS INTERLUDE;The following has nothing to do with this book review and are just some bonus uotes from Tombstone that I was reminded of while I read this book They are garnish and you can skip down to “My Review” if you have no interestotherwise I hope you enjoy Wyatt Earp Go ahead skin it Skin that smokewagon and see what happens Johnny Tyler M mister I'm gettin' awful tired of your Wyatt Earp slaps Tyler across the face I'm gettin' tired of all your gas now jerk that pistol and go to workslaps him harder I said throw down boy Are you gonna do something or just stand there and bleed Billy Clanton as Doc Holliday is playing piano Is that Old Dog Trey Sounds like Old Dog Trey Doc Holliday Pardon Billy Clanton Stephen Foster Oh Susannah Camptown Races Stephen stinking Foster Doc Holliday Ah yes Well this happens to be a nocturne Billy Clanton A which Doc Holliday You know Frederic fucking ChopinWyatt Earpto Ike Clanton You die first get it Your friends might get me in a rush but not before I make your head into a canoe you understand meDoc Holiday exits saloon and addresses Billy Clanton And you music loveryou’re next Billy Clanton Why it's the drunk piano player You're so drunk you can't hit nothin' In fact you're probably seeing double draws a knife Doc Holliday takes out a second gun I have two guns one for each of yaMY REVIEWBased in large part on my love of the movie Tombstone I went into this novel expecting disappointmentI didn’t find it While I don’y think anyone will ever out Doc the Iceman the John Henry “Doc” Holiday portrayed by Ms Russell can be my wingman anytime cue big man hug followed by Top Gun theme songI thought this was wonderful People looking for high body counts and for the legendary gunfighter pumping lead into drunken ass stains may find this a bit too slow in the pacing department I can understand that and so wanted to forearm you with forewarning of the “literary” route that Russell takes with her tale This is a western but it is a western like The Sparrow was science fiction This is not an action novel This is a biography of a tremendously intriguing and charismatic individual This is Doc Holliday as a man rooted in family and loyalty and possessing an intellect that would have been comfortable among the aristocracy than the lawmen to whom he hitched his friendship For what it’s worth I think he made the right choice in his friends From his childhood struggles with a cleft palate that left him slow to speak until surgery repaired it to the tragic death of his mother from the same tuberculosis that would eventually steal his life Doc’s compassion and humanity are on full display in this story and there is of John Henry Holliday in this story than the “Doc” that popular entertainment has shown us However Russell’s greatest accomplishment is that she marries these two aspects together so seamlessly that we see them as a unified whole To understand Doc Holliday you must know John Henry and vice versa When reading this introspective myth stripping portrayal of Holliday I saw the “Val Kilmer” Doc He is here Some of the extravagance of the legends have been curtailed but the truth of who he was shines through and I think it makes him far impressive Reading the “truth” only made the legends come alive for me I hope that makes sense While I am no scholar when it comes to Doc Holliday biographies I would certainly place this as the finest novel on the man that I’ve ever read Both entertaining and beautifully written with relationship that will elevate you and cause you heart pain Russell’s characters live and breathe and seem to step right off the page They feel real even when they are performing events that will be forever recorded in the annals of American mythhistory It’s a story of friendship loyalty perseverance character and life lived to its fullest and on its own terms 40 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Footnote Sam Gilman played Doc in the classic STTOS episode “Spectre of the Gun” and so I couldn’t pass up the chance to give him a shout out or to show Kirk and the boys going heeled

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Doc Author Mary Doria Russell Characters É 2 È The year is 1878 peak of the Texas cattle trade The place is Dodge City Kansas a saloon filled cow town jammed with liuored 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 deat Ves 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 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 turuoise eyes who can uote 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 Holl. I’m your huckleberry Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday in TombstoneI’m far the first person to bring up Kilmer’s portrayal of Doc in the movie when reviewing this book but it’s hard to avoid the comparison other than just the obvious fact that they’re both stories about the same man Much like Tombstone embraces the legend of a dying drunken dentist turned gambler with a talent and taste for gun fighting but also adds unexpected depths thanks in large part to Kilmer’s performance the book speculates about the man behind the myth and creates a tragic figure with a lot of admirable ualitiesThe book moves us briskly through the early part of John Henry Holliday’s life as the son of aristocratic Southerners before the Civil War to the promising young man who seems poised to make his mark as a talented dentist before being given a delayed death sentence from tuberculosis Seeking to extend his life Holliday travels to Texas and when dentistry can’t pay the bills his skill at poker does That’s where Doc meets Kate the lady who will be both his loyalest ally and greatest tormentor and she convinces him to move to the Dodge City Kansas which is booming thanks to the cattle herds being driven up from TexasDoc becomes a local fixture in Dodge meeting many people and making interesting new friends like Morgan Earp When a young man is killed in a stable fire most of Dodge just thinks that it is a tragic accident but Doc suspects a sinister motive behind the man’s death This gives him something in common with Wyatt Earp who also has reasons to think foul play may have been involved As Doc deals with his on going illness and Kate’s tantrums Wyatt tries to keep the peace and navigate Dodge’s murky political waters A bond eventually forms between the two man with the stoic Wyatt being amazed at the intelligence and sheer force of will that the sickly dentist exhibits while Doc is impressed with the law man’s honesty and integrityOne of the interesting things about this book is addressed in the author’s afterward in which Mary Doria Russell notes When Homer sang of Troy and Virgil wrote of Carthage and Rome no one expected a bright line to divide myth from history Arriving at the end of historical fiction today the modern reader is likely to wonder 'How much of that was real' In this case the answer is not all of it but a lot than you might thinkRussell goes on to explain what is fictional while laying out some of the things she drew on for the real and it's obvious that she did a lot of homework to bring Doc and Dodge City to life However it's the bit about what modern readers expect in historical fiction that caught my attention because that's usually the first uestion I'll ask when finishing a book like this Now I'm wondering if that's how I should approach stories where the myth has so overshadowed the real people and events that it's almost impossible to separate fact from fiction Especially in one where the players have alternately been idealized or demonized to suit the purposes of whoever was telling the story at the time Doc Holliday has been written about in histories and historical fictions as well as being portrayed on screen countless times and he's been painted as a bloodthirsty scoundrel a man of honor a murderer and a loyal friend and sometimes he was all of these at once When a character has been played by multiple famous actors and even appeared on an episode of classic Star Trek it gets hard to know what to think about the guy Even a close study of the historical facts as we know them leaves a lot open to interpretation So how do we tell stories about a guy like Doc Holliday As they said in another western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance When the truth becomes legend print the legend That’s precisely what’s been done here with this fascinating account that is eual parts historical fiction western character study and just an all around well written book that is so elegantly told that it might be called delicate despite its rough frontier setting Doc is the focal point of course but the shifting viewpoint also puts us into the thoughts of most of the major characters By the time it’s all done you’ll understand exactly what who they are and want they want in this particular version of their storyOne oddity is that despite the main character being known as a gunfighter and taking place mostly in one of the wildest cow towns of the era is that this isn’t filled with shoot em up action in the same way that Tombstone is It's closer to Lonesome Dove and some of it feels like HBO’s Deadwood In the end this is good enough on its own to make even the obvious comparisons feel a bit lame and I’ll be checking out it’s follow up Epitaph in the near futureThis book definitely was my huckleberry Note I rewrote parts of this review on 2616 because some of the comments I got made me think I wasn't sufficiently clear in what I was trying to say about the difference between writing a history and a historical fiction and I thought I was potentially misrepresenting what Mary Doria Russell wrote in her author's note I've tried to clarify that by including her uote and expanding on my own thoughts on the matter

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Doc Author Mary Doria RusseIday and Wyatt Earp really begins before Wyatt Earp is the prototype of the suare jawed fearless lawman; before Doc Holliday is the uintessential frontier gambler; before the gunfight at the OK Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology when neither man wanted fame or deserved notorietyAuthentic moving and witty Maria 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. Doc by Mary Doria Russell would be a fun book even if it was an adventure as prologue to Tombstone Truth be said as I read the book the dialogue between the characters took the voice of the cast of the 1993 film especially Doc Holliday portrayed as Val Kilmer Russell herself said that this was not so much for the adventure of writing about famed gunslinger Holliday or even writing a revisionist tale to be historically accurate In some sense she has done both Russell said that she was writing a book about Alice Holliday’s son and she did this marvelously well The Doc Holliday that coughs and drinks and drawls his Georgia accent across the pages of this novel is a three dimensional human character likable the way any real person is a mixed assortment of strengths and weaknesses and a mixed bag of good bad and ugly Russell’s characterization is a talent to be envied the players come alive and the interactions are rich with complexity She tells the tale in an omniscient omnipresent narration that uses western idioms and local color to further paint the portrait of the 1870s west Tombstone is one of my favorites films I own the DVD and have watched it dozens of times and she lifts several lines directly from movie Although this was fun for me I did find it somewhat distracting and in a way lessened the artistic achievement All in all a very good read