Item description for Chaman (Narrativa Historicas / Historic Narratives) by Elsa Mateo Noah Gordon...
In this family saga, Robert Jacobson Cole flees Scotland for America with his son Robert, also known as Shaman, to practice medicine and study the healing power of the Sauk Indians. Father and son are each drawn into the tumult of the American Civil War as tensions between the North and South explode. This vivid depiction of two men and the women they love is also the story of medicine as it emerges from the ancient past.
En esta saga familiar, Robert Jacobson Cole huye de Escocia para Amrica su hijo Robert Jefferson Cole, conocido como Chamn, para practicar medicina y estudiar las artes curativas de los Indios Sauk. Mientras las tensiones entre el Norte y Sur se elevan, padre y hijo llegan a ser entretenidos en la Guerra Civil de Amrica. Esta representacin vvida de dos hombres y las mujeres que aman es tambin la historia de la emergencia de medicina anciana en el mundo moderno.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.9" Width: 4.4" Height: 2" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Sep 28, 2005
Publisher Ediciones B
ISBN 8466617175 ISBN13 9788466617178
Reviews - What do customers think about Chaman (Narrativa Historicas / Historic Narratives)?
From Scotland to Illinois! Aug 7, 2008
My good friend Mario strongly recommended me "The Physician", even if he knew a physician's life wasn't my cup of tea. I'm grateful he convinced me to read it. I was so trapped by Mr. Noah Gordon story that I went immediately to the bookstore and bought "Shaman" and "Choices".
IMHO "Shaman" is the best of the trilogy.
Since 2004 Ediciones B has launched a pocket book collection "Byblos" with no specific genre defined. Fortunately for us, historical novels buffs, some volumes pertain to this genre, allowing us to access a very inexpensive and high quality product.
This is the story of two members of the Cole family: Rob Sr. & Rob Jr.
The story, situated in the period around 1830-1870, starts following Rob Sr.'s life since his forced emigration from Scotland to America and is reconstructed thru his personal diary as discovered and read, after his death, by his son Rob Jr. Rob Sr. initiates his medical practice at Boston's Irish ghetto and meets Oliver Wendell Holmes, precursor of medical prophylaxis. Later he continues his migration going into Illinois and stopping at Holden's Crossing where he starts a new life as rural physician. There he builds his home, start his relationship with the Sauk Native Americans people, fall in love, heal & marry Sarah, have a child who will contract scarlatina and lose his hearing. At this point Rob's Jr. life is the second main thread of the narration, following his education and fervent desire to be a physician as his father. Both threads will conflux at the Civil War period.
Historical reconstruction is paramount, showing domestic every day details, political issues, educational issues, medical issues and cultural issues with deepness and commitment. This aspect of the novel is by far better than the period reconstruction done by Mr. Gordon in "The Physician".
A much recommended read for those interested in historical subjects, daily life period reconstruction and medical practice. Enjoy this great novel! Reviewed by Max Yofre.