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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.