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Shaman (The Cole Trilogy Book 2) de Gordon, Noah

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Gordon, Noah Publisher: Open Road Media, Year: 2012 ISBN: 9781453263754


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One of the best books I've ever read. It was hard to put it down. This is the second book in a trilogy, and I intend to read them all. The book tells the story of a doctor during the Black Hawk wars and Civil War. The descriptions of medical practices, homesteading, army prison camps, etc. are very well researched and woven into the story beautifully. If you love historic novels, this is a must read.34 s1 comment Aitor CastrilloAuthor 2 books1,126

No es fácil ir a rebufo de un bestseller como El médico y conseguir salvar los muebles.
Noah Gordon no solo logra salir airoso de ese reto, sino que es capaz de construir otra historia igual de atractiva que la que abrió la saga.

Cambio de escenario (América), cambio de época, cambio de Doctor Cole... pero el mismo don curativo.

Hay partes que pueden resultar más densas, pero el mensaje de superación que salpica la novela lo compensa con creces.31 s Stjepan CobetsAuthor 13 books523

My rating 4.5

Shaman (Cole Family Trilogy # 2) is another great novel by a writer who wrote "The Physician". The story is set in the United States during colonization and before the Civil War. Robert Jeremy Cole is fleeing Scotland because of his political activities for which some of his friends were hanged. From the the11th century on, the eldest son in each generation of the Cole family has borne the same first name and middle initial and inherits the gift that his ancestor had. Robert inherited the gift of his ancestors and became a doctor in a small town that was just beginning to be established. After marrying his firstborn son whom they call the Shaman because, he inherits his gift, but due to illness he loses his hearing without which he cannot be a doctor. But that won’t stop Robert’s son Shaman from giving up on his dreams even though the path to realizing the dream is blocked by many obstacles.

Through the story of the Cole family, we follow the history of the United States, which is intertwined with many events, from the extermination of the Indians to the Civil War for the abolition of slavery. I would recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction.drama fiction historical-novels ...more28 s Garden Reads174 125

3,5 en realidad.

Entretenida novela de ficción histórica de Noah Gordon, autor del famoso libro "El médico". Éste, "Chamán", es el segundo de su trilogía "La familia Cole", el cual nos narra acerca de un descendiente directo del protagonista de la novela anterior.

La trama se centra en Rob J. Cole, un médico escocés, que emigra a USA escapando de los problemas políticos que asolan Escocia, estableciéndose en un pequeño pueblo que a futuro se transformará en una importante ciudad americana. Acá conocerá a quién será su esposa, a las tribus locales y por supuesto engendrará un hijo, por quién se debe el nombre de la novela, chamán, quién luchará contra la adversidad al quedarse completamente sordo y que a medida que avance la trama ira tomando el protagónico.

Está novela es bastante detallada y entretenida, el autor nuevamente nos deleita con su buena narrativa y su prosa sencilla, pese a las descripciones no sé enrolla demasiado ni llega a cansar. No obstante ¿Por qué le he dado 3.5 estrellas? Y el motivo es sencillo, no está a la altura de la anterior novela. Pese a qué Gordon se esfuerza por meter una buena dosis de hechos históricos, rituales indígenas y detalles de la guerra civil, la trama pareciera ir dando tumbos de un lado a otro intentando hallar su camino, su hilo argumental... Y es que la novela comienza con un protagonista y termina con otro. Algo que no es necesariamente malo, pero que me dejó esa sensación de novela inacabada, carente de clímax real. En donde solo se intenta documentar la vida de sus personajes para meter datos históricos y más datos historicos que a la final se sienten forzados.

El mismo Rob j. Cole, cuándo inicia, ya es médico y se pasa un tercio de la novela tratando de hallar su destino. Lo que no deja de ser Interesante, pero a la vez esa falta de norte comienza a causarnos cierto desgaste. La historia de chamán y su lucha con la sordera es algo mejor, fueron los capítulos que más se me quedaron. No obstante, a partir de ahí se inicia una especie de trama de investigación por la muerte de una nativa y otra trama paralela de su hermano en la guerra que me hacían preguntar, ¿Qué era lo que realmente intentaba contarme Noah? ¿Era la Guerra? ¿La superación personal? ¿La discriminación a los pueblos nativos? ¿La búsqueda de identidad o un sentido de pertenencia? ¿Cuál es el mensaje implícito de la novela al final? porque al cerrar la última página fue algo que no me quedó claro.

En su anterior libro, "El médico", la línea era clara, "la incansable lucha de un hombre por aprender medicina". Acá no, el autor pareciera agarrar de todo un poco para mezclarlo y ver que sale, un montón de ideas conectadas a la fuerza que intentan decir todo, pero terminan diciendo nada. "El que mucho abarca poco aprieta" se suele decir y creo que está novela es un buen ejemplo de ello.

Lectura interesante, entretenida, pero sin visión clara.

Si te gusta la ficción histórica disfrutarás. Más, si este no es tu género te recomiendo dejarla pasar.

¡Interesante, entretenida! No mucho más.27 s Sarah GoodwinAuthor 21 books465

There's something weird about Gordon's novels, they sit on the shelf, looking hefty and imposing. It takes me forever to start one, but once I do, I steam through, luxuriating in every page.

I loved The Physician with a passion, and this is another great book by the same author. At times events seem similar to those in the first book, but this novel holds its own as well. I found the small moments of humor very good indeed, and also loved the pioneer elements, as that's one of my favorite things to read about.

The scope of this novel is less than The Physician, but then, it doesn't span continents and decades as great as the first novel. I d watching Shaman discover the secrets of his father, and was appalled at Rob. J's end. Makawa's (hope I'm spelling that right) fate was shocking, as was that of Comes Singing - I didn't see it coming at it was handled beautifully, with the utmost drama.

The book also gets points for surprising me with the word 'poontang'. Always nice to learn a little something about language.

I would have d perhaps a little more in the way of fight in the protagonist (Shaman), he doesn't have to fight very hard for his happiness at the end of the novel, and I thought there should have been a more definite ending to the conspiracy storyline - though I understand why it ends as it does.

It's a great novel, and I think I even it more that 'The Last Jew' though I know I'll be reading both again, as well as the rest of the series.22 s Daniela Balas5 26

I read this book savoring every page, I really d the description of those times, the part with the war bored me somewhat, the rest is ok. Read on!12 s Judy1,777 26

Oooo! This, the second book in Gordon's Cole Trilogy is even better than the first, "The Physician." There is an 800-year time lapse between the two books; so you don't need to read the first book in order to appreciate "Shaman." Maybe I enjoyed "Shaman" so much because it covers a period of U.S. history that I'm familiar with. Shaman is the son of Rob J. Cole, who immigrated from Scotland. When he dies we learn of his life through diaries which Shaman finds. There is much interesting data about early medicine and frontier life. Rob befriends some Sauk Indians and works along side their Shaman, Makwa- Ikwa, a woman. When Rob's son is born, he spends much time with Makwa- Ikwa, and earns the name "Little Shaman." Shaman becomes deaf due to a childhood disease, but he perseveres and achieves his dream of following his father's profession. The latter part of the book covers Shaman's life. The book is very informative not only in the area of medical history, but also details of the Civil War and what a terrible experience it was for the men involved. I've read some that say the third book of the trilogy isn't very good. But I will give it a try. Gordon has an easy style of writing and develops characters that the readers take to heart.11 s Xabi19902,036 1,135

Leído en 1992.
Continuación de El Médico, pierde frescura pero sigue siendo muy buena continuación de la trilogía.
Si leéis el primero casi seguro que leeréis este. 9 s Hoosier40 2

As other reviewers have noted, this book takes place over 800 years after The Physician. As the novel begins, Dr. Robert Judson Cole (Rob J.) flees from his native Scotland for the New Word in the mid-1800's. He begins his medical career in Boston working with Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. and the indigent, immigrant population. Soon thereafter, Rob J. leaves Boston to see the West. He settles in Holden's Crossing, Illinois and establishes his medical practice. While in Holden's Crossing, he befriends a group of Native Americans and forms a close relationship with Makwa-ika, who attends to patients with him. Makwa-ika is subsequently brutally murdered and Rob J. vows to find who committed the crime. In the meantime, Rob J. marries and has a child, Shaman, who becomes deaf as the result of a sickness, but Shaman's deafness does not prevent him from pursuing a career in medicine. After graduating medical school, Shaman begins a surgical career in Cincinnati but returns home after learning his father died. While Shaman was wrapping up his father's affairs, he learns of his step-brother's confinement in a Union prison, marries, and learns who killed Makwa-ika.

Noah Gordon clearly did a vast amount of to write such a historically accurate book that covered so many time periods and subject matters. He does a remarkable job desciribing the colonization of the United States, the Native American experience during the 1800's, and the Civil War. Gordon develops an intricate plot that nicely ties both Rob J. and Shaman together, even when they are geographically apart, and gives the characters in the book remarkable depths to their personalities. Gordon's development of the plot, however, is sometimes slow and the historical recount of the Civil War can become tedious. Despite these criticisms, I highly recommend this book. 7 s Sheri786 17

This is the second of a trilogy. What a great storyteller author Noah Gordon is! The story begins with the death of Rob J. Cole, who is The Physician ( the first book). Shaman is the younger of the two sons, and this book is about him. He is deaf due to a childhood illness. He wants to become a doctor his father was. His father says that can never happen because he is deaf, but he is determined. He applies at just about every medical school there is and is finally accepted, with conditions. Knowing he must study harder than the other students and apply himself even more, he becomes a favorite of his teachers and proves that he has exactly "the stuff" required to he a great physician.
The book follows his career and the struggles he has; in his personal life as well. We follow as he finds answers to questions his father had about the murder of an Indian woman who had taught him much about her medicine. She had been a good friend and a character I enjoyed very much reading about.
Shaman has loved Rachel all his life, a Jewish girl who was a close childhood friend. We follow his angst of loving her and wanting his feelings reciprocated. Shaman is a tender warm compassionate man and you find yourself cheering for him, and wishing his life was a little easier.
It was with sadness that I put the book down as I finished the story ... But smile because I can't wait to open the third and final installment of this saga.
Read it, savor it, it will not disappoint !!!7 s Feyre1,196 117

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