Book Reviews of The Physician (Cole Family, Bk 1)

The Physician (Cole Family, Bk 1)
The Physician - Cole Family, Bk 1
Author: Noah Gordon
ISBN-13: 9780449214268
ISBN-10: 0449214265
Publication Date: 8/12/1987
Pages: 627
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Fawcett Crest
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed The Physician (Cole Family, Bk 1) on + 162 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This book is lengthy, no doubt about that. But it's a warranted length; the detail that Gordon imbues in the story of Rob J. Cole in his quest to become a doctor raises this book beyond merely a "good" rating and up to wonderful.

I think my favorite part, through all the twists and turns, is the ending, which I keep thinking back to -- even above the juggling. Unsettling and scary; it hasn't left me yet.

Don't miss this one.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the first in a series of books by Noah Gordon, concerning healers, shamans, etc. Set against the superstition and splendor of the 11th century, Rob J. Cole struggles to become a physician. Rob was blessed with a gift that allows him to sense when a patient is going to die. He travels to Persia to study at the school of the greatest physician of his time - Avicenna. In order to do so, he disguised himself as a Jew. I highly recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a fascinating story and a hard to-put-down book. Rob's character is strong, but he was human and also had his faults. His long worldly journey and conquering of obstacles is told well. I've never read a book set in this time period and Gordon's style of writing is engrossing. Peculiar, then, that I was so much looking forward to the second book in this trilogy: "Shaman", but I absolutely could not get into it.
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A real pleasure,,
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Fascinating. A Catholic man, trained to be a barber-surgeon, pretends to be an Orthodox Jew in order to be accepted to medical school in 1021 AD Persia
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Great historical novel about life in medieval Europe and the middle east. This will give you a background in the part of the world we know too little about, and it's a great story, too.
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great "history" of medicine in middle ages.
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A friend gave this book to me several years ago. I didn't think I would like it, but when I ran out of reading material, I picked it up, and I am so glad that I did. This epic saga sweeps you right back to the eleventh century, and the (mostly) historicly accurate rendering of the people & landscape, the belief & culture of the time really make the book for me. I would reccomend this book to anyone; it has become one of my all time favorites.
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This was the first book by Noah Gordon I read. It is a must read for anyone interested in the history of the middle East. An eye opener to those of us who (used to think) civilization started in the West. I researched further and found that his historic facts are spot on- and his story line makes for an unstoppable read.
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SUCH a great book!! I have recommended it to a lot of people.