Whether you are seeking employment or searching the inmate database for the status of a specific offender, this website will keep you informed of our activities, including up-to-date department news. The maestro toured the South when I was a boy. It was a fine line the Earps had to walk between keeping people safe and letting the cowboys have their fun. A book club obligation seemed like a good way to tick the Mary Doria Russell author box. Doc wasn't a gunslinger or a tough guy or a deliberate trouble-maker. She checks in with the local politics, without ever seeming too interested in the result. He glanced at Morg and let loose that sly, lopsided smile of his.
He was probably the single most influential person in. I'm not enamored by the compulsion of western expansion or the gold rush or male-heavy societies. There is a lot to suck on. Doc Holliday has been written about in histories and historical fictions as well as being portrayed on screen countless times, and he's been painted as a bloodthirsty scoundrel, a man of honor, a murderer, and a loyal friend, and sometimes he was all of these at once. Mary Doria Russell, you are my huckleberry. He also had a powerful need for alcohol that dulled some of the pain and made breathing easier.
Okay, I admit the ending was rather exciting and did leave me satisfied! You will feel pity for others. My copy courtesy of Amazon Vine. In this work of historical fiction, Russell paints a portrait of Doc Holliday's years in Dodge City, Kansas. The nonfictional characters work better than the fictional one. Mary Doria Russell takes a different approach in this book, and by allowing us inside the young lives of these men, particularly John Henry Holliday, we can actually feel and experience the family backgrounds, the geography, and the political and economic climate they emerged from. He was also plagued by a nasty case of tuberculosis, which had driven him West for the drier air.
Which is, in all, not a bad thing. She has done her homework regarding treatment of tuberculosis in the 1800s and of dentistry and off other historical events. The author is fluent in several languages. It's been remarked, and I cofess I must agree, that at times the sheer scope of the narrative turns it from a story into a sort of raconteurish history lesson. Bred for life in the East. We zag left instead of right and it is remarkable to think about how sometimes the smallest change can ripple so large leaving us baffled at how we ended up with this life instead of another.
But then the wide range of facts will draw a larger reading group…… I am giving the stars, and I was bored sometimes. I loved by the same author, the only book to make me sob, and intend to one day read its sequel,. True, I was not terribly interested in a cowboy story, but in a good author's hands almost any topic is interesting. She was fascinated by the way they tossed the meager return from backbreaking, soul-killing work onto the tables. This is a biography of a tremendously intriguing and charismatic individual. There is a mystery that sort of binds everything together involving the death of a mixed race boy named Johnnie Sanders. Not all the stories are stretched, however, and some writers and screen-writers did make attempts to portray a more accurate interpretation of the lives and times of these men.
At that time however, The D. I believe in the character portrayals she has drawn. The story, the dialogue and the insights into what motivates people to act the way they do kept pulling me back in. This book, while complete in itself, is part one of a duo based largely on his life which also included the Earp brothers, his closest friends. Much of his drinking, I learned, was attributed to his tuberculosis.
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At this time the town is filled with cowboys from Texas with wallets full of money and a lot of trail dust to shake out of their clothes. And what I got was a beautifully written, thoroughly researched, and deeply touching portrait of a man who spent most of his short life dying. The majority of these stories also depict only fully-grown characters — legends who stepped out of the Grand Nowhere known as the Wild West fully formed, fully armed, and usually dangerous. John Henry Holliday believed in mathematics, in statistics, in the computation of odds. On another level, the fact that most of the people in this book are real is almost irrelevant; the book would be equally powerful as a work of pure fiction. You will wish that you could spend a day in Dodge City with Doc Holliday, hopefully on one of his better days, and play a few hands of cards with him.
Prior to his appointment as Acting Commissioner, Hicks served in many roles throughout the Department since he began in 2007. Doc Holliday: You know, Frederic fucking Chopin. I really had no knowledge of any of the characters or events that this book draws on, so while this may be seen as well-researched historical fiction, I'm forced to just enjoy it as a novel and let the quibbles over specific details be left to historians. Russell herself said that this was not so much for the adventure of writing about famed gunslinger Holliday, or even writing a revisionist tale to be more historically accurate. Mary Doria Russell is an American author. Too many busted heads and the Texans would elect to spend their money elsewhere. There is excellent characterisation, particularly of Doc Holliday, and here are a few of the many memorable characters: The Earp brothers.
I wanted you to know where I was coming from vis a vis Doc so that you could put my review in some context. I understand that and was actually looking forward to finding out the real skinny on what happened there. This book definitely was my huckleberry. The heart and soul of this book should not be dismissed because Russell found compelling characters in Dodge City. Morgan is shown to be the communicator between his family and the rest of the world.