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The Physician [Hardcover]

Noah Gordon
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August 1986
Rob Cole, a penniless orphan in 11th-century London, is possessed by a mysterious power - he can sense death. A mere apprentice, he dreams of controlling the forces of life and death, of mastering the knowledge that will earn him the title of physician.
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When nine-year-old Rob Cole felt the life force slipping from his mother's hand he could not foresee that this terrifying awareness of impending death was a gift that would lead him from the familiar life of 11th-century London to small villages throughout England and finally to the medical school at Ispahan. Though apprenticed to an itinerant barber surgeon, it is the dazzling surgery of a Jewish physician trained by the legendary Persian physician Avicenna that inspires him to accept his gift and to commit his life to healing by studying at Avicenna's school. Despite the ban on Christian students, Rob goes there, disguising himself as a Jew to gain admission. Gordon has written an adventurous and inspiring tale of a quest for medical knowledge pursued in a violent world full of superstition and prejudice. Recommended. Literary Guild alternate. Cynthia Johnson Whealler, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.


'An exciting story.' -- THE TIMES --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book is one of the most fascinating I have read in a long time. An historical fiction which takes place in the 11th century, The Physician recounts the adventures of Rob J. Cole from his youth in England to the Islamic kingdom of Persia where he studies to be a Physician. This is a magical book and I would recommend it to almost anyone, irrespective of what genre of fiction they prefer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Aug. 25 2001
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Here is a book I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. It was like living around the year 1000 and being taken on a tour around so you could see how different things were at that time. For example, I learned why the postal system in Europe uses the posthorn as its symbol. I learned where cruelty to children stems from. I learned why caravans were popular. I came to realize more fully why decent women prostituted themselves. And I learned much, much more from being carried back into that time about 1000 years ago. I wished the book just went on and on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous! Nov. 2 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is marvelous. A book describing an atribulated life of an orphan, from surviving (with 9 years old) in a dark England (and Europe) sufocated with the religious madness in those dark ages, passing by trip to Persia and... well, you'll read it! His objective is to become a physician. You'll learn to love the character. Great things will happen. In the end, when you remember what happened through the book, you will feel nostalgia... It's one of those book telling a life's story, that will keep you interested 'til the end, and make you think when you finish its reading. Recommended. Buy it! You won't regret it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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As an American living in Germany, I learned of this unbelievable American author about 5 years ago. It was at this time that his book THE PHYSICAN was recommended to me as the best book these people had ever read. I heard this so many times in various different cities from people of different ages and backgrounds. Of course they had all read it in German and were all shocked that I had never heard of Noah Gordon.
Over the course of the next year I searched for the book each time I was in the US and when I finally received my copy I devoured it. My mother joined me in Germany and I recommended it - she finished all 1200 or so pages in a week and loved it too!
Since it's been so long since I read THE PHYSICIAN I hesitate to comment directly on the book (also because I'm a lousy writer and would never do it justice) but I will say I have since read every other Noah Gordon book I could get. I was never disappointed - THE SHAMAN was just as magical as THE PHYSICIAN.
I'm writing now because the Germans have just given me the tip that Mr. Gordon has yet another winner, I think it's called THE LAST JEW?, in any case I'll be ordering the hardback immediately. My library wouldn't be complete without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! June 28 2014
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This story had me hooked from the beginning. I found it interesting how resourceful the protagonist was in the various situations he experienced.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read Jan. 27 2014
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Really enjoyed this book and was absorbed by the customs in different countries at that time in history. Kept my interest and didn't detract from the story by getting bogged down in unrelated events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos to Noah Gordon! Feb. 10 2013
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The read of a lifetime! Usually I pass my books on when I have read them but not this one - I see myself a few years down the road picking it up for a second read. WONDERFULL!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! July 20 2014
By Juleza
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Not usually a fan of historical fiction but this was absolutely gripping. Loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No problems
Great book, excellent price. Do you consider selling a movie version of this book? It should be on market by the end of this year.
Published 9 months ago by Ctibor Ustohal
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily read
Excellent historical fiction read. The only problem was that it didn't have real page numbers. I am looking forward to the next 2 in the series.
Published 14 months ago by heather yard
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not have product in stock
I received an email a week after placing my order saying that they cannot get the product from their supplier. I was very disappointed and had to cancelled my order. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2011 by Vinny
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read
If you like big, bold, broad and brash sagas, you'll love this book. Keep FIRMLY in mind that this is a work of fiction, not a history book, and that will permit you to travel with... Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by Irish Lace
4.0 out of 5 stars The Physician - ReRead Several Times
As a fiction reader who has only a few authors I am able to reread, this book has high marks from me. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Donald C. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars What a journey - I was right there with Rob
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I love timepieces and this book did not disappoint. Once you start reading this book you are going on a journey, a journey of... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2002 by "achafner"
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!!!
I read this book 13 years ago and it still ranks with me as one of the best books I have ever read. You will feel as if you are in the locals as this book travels across... Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2001 by Deborah L. Woodstuff
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