Sunday, November 6, 2011
Doc by Mary Doria Russell ****
I usually don't read fiction written by female authors or stories about the "Wild West." Give what I just said, I enjoyed reading Doc, a book that is part biography and part novel about John Henry "Doc" Holliday. If you have seen either the Wyatt Earp (Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid) or Tombstone movie (Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer), then you will have a flavor of this book.
There is not a lot of gunplay in this book as Holliday's reputation as a gunslinger and man of violence was exaggerated. Russell does highlight the relationship and respect between Earp and Holliday. Holliday was an interested character. He was a dentist, an excellent gambler and very articulate with his view on life. Doc's greatest challenge was not the villains of the West but his battle with tuberculosis.