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No século XI, Rob Cole abandona com apenas onze anos a pobre e doente cidade de Londres para vaguear pela Inglaterra. Durante as suas deambulações, fazendo malabarismos e vendendo curas para os doentes, vai descobrindo a dimensão mística da sanação. E é através dessa peregrinação que descobre o seu verdadeiro dom, que o levará a converter-se em médico num mundo violento, cNo século XI, Rob Cole abandona com apenas onze anos a pobre e doente cidade de Londres para vaguear pela Inglaterra. Durante as suas deambulações, fazendo malabarismos e vendendo curas para os doentes, vai descobrindo a dimensão mística da sanação. E é através dessa peregrinação que descobre o seu verdadeiro dom, que o levará a converter-se em médico num mundo violento, cheio de superstições e preconceitos. Tão forte é o seu sonho que decide empreender uma insólita e perigosa viagem à Pérsia, onde estudará na prestigiada escola de Avicena. Aí dar-se-á uma transformação que modificará para sempre a sua vida e o seu destino......

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  • Jeanette
    2019-05-09 05:45

    This is one of the most satisfying novels I've read in a long time. One of my rare six-star selections. There's a consistency of quality from cover to cover, owing to the perfect marriage of fine writing and graceful editing. Rob J. Cole is a man who feels called to be a healer. He stays true to that calling, even when surrounded by other physicians who are motivated by greed and glory. He risks and sacrifices all for the chance to study in Persia with Ibn Sina, the greatest physician of the 11th century. The story is especially fulfilling because it comes full circle. Rob returns to London after many years in foreign lands. Through comparison with those who have never left home, he realizes how he has grown in compassion, tolerance, and critical thinking. He's so far ahead of the doctors around him that he doesn't fit in, but he does finally find a place where he can put down roots and be surrounded by a loving family and community. This is a sweet relief for him after having been an orphan and an outsider since the age of nine. I read the final paragraph of the book three times in a row with tears in my eyes. There are no spoilers in it, so here is that paragraph: "As the seasons slipped by, only one thing was constant. The extra sense, the healer's sensitivity, never abandoned him. Whether he was called lonely in the night to a bedside or hurried of a morning into the crowded dispensary, he could always feel their pain. Hastening to struggle with it, he never failed to know--as he had known from the first day in the maristan--a rush of wondering gratitude that he was chosen, that it was he whom God's hand had reached out and touched, and that such an opportunity to minister and serve should have been given to Barber's boy." That sense of duty, of being one chosen to ease suffering, has completely disappeared from the practice of modern medicine. That is a tragedy beyond reckoning.

  • Frances
    2019-05-20 03:33

    4.5* It took several chapters for the captivating and superb story to emerge within these 768 pages. Although the beginning of the book had some interesting events, it tended to drag on with the same theme. Approximately half way into the book it came alive and so begins the arduous adventure of the physician barber Rob J. Cole. Set in the 11th century, Cole is left an orphan at 9 years of age, while his siblings are taken in by other families from British villages not far from his own home. With a difficult and demanding road to travel once he reaches manhood his one true desire takes hold; to become the best physician he could possibly be. Travelling far from his homeland Cole meets several individuals who help him as he struggles to achieve his quest. As the story continues to unfold, his new acquaintances begin to form a strong bond of real and lasting friendship enhancing the storyline significantly. If the book had 200 pages trimmed from the first half, and some 100 pages from the remaining half it would be a true masterpiece. Having managed to carry on through the first half of this substantial book through to the end, it was well worth the journey.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-04-30 05:46

    The Physician (Cole Family Trilogy #1), Noah Gordon عنوانها: حکیم - از لندن تا اصفهان در محضر ابن سینا؛ پزشک: روزهای ابن سینا از سرگشتگی تا شکفتگی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سوم اکتبر سال 1999 میلادیعنوان: حکیم - از لندن تا اصفهان در محضر ابن سینا؛ نویسنده: نوآ (نووا) گوردون؛ مترجم: جواد سیداشرف؛ تهران، زرین، 1375؛ در 687 ص؛مترجم: طاهره صدیقیان؛ تهران، روشنگران، 1388، در 784 ص؛ شابک: 9789641940067؛با عنوان: پزشک : روزهای ابن سینا از سرگشتگی تا شکفتگی؛ مترجم: کیومرث پارسای؛ تهران، قصه پرداز، دبیر، 1379، در 632 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1387؛ شابک: 9789646916487؛ هشدار اگر داستان را نخوانده اید این نوشتار ممکن است داستان را افشا کند؛ داستان حکایت جوانی انگلیسی است، که از شهر لندن به ایران و شهر اصفهان میرود. در محضر «حکیم الحکما ابن سینا» علم طب فرامیگیرد. پا به پای حکیم به درمان بیماران میپردازد و تا پیش از وفات «ابن سینا» همراه ایشان است. خلاصه داستان: «رابرت جریمی کول» شخصیت اصلی داستان، در شرایطی سخت در لندن به دنیا میآید. در کودکی با یک دلاک دوره گرد همسفر میشود، و مدت هفت سال با وی میماند. در این زمان شعبده بازی، تردستی، اندکی نیز طبابت میآموزد. با آن دلاک دوره گرد سراسر انگلستان را زیر پا میگذارد، و حوادث گوناگونی را تجربه میکند. پس از مرگ آموزگارش، تصمیم میگیرد پزشکی تحصیل کند. آوازه ی پورسینا پزشک شهیر ایرانی او را ترغیب میکند. اما نه مسلمانان میتوانند در کشورهای اروپای مسیحی زندگی کنند، و نه مسیحیان حق تحصیل و زندگی در کشورهای اسلامی را دارند. به ناچار خود را به شمایل یک یهودی درمیآورد، و نام «یسوع ابن بنیامین» را برمیگزیند. به ایران میرود و مورد لطف و عنایت پادشاه قرار میگیرد و خلعت شاهانه دریافت میکند. او را در مدرسه علم طب میپذیرند. با اشتیاقی وصف ناشدنی به فراگیری علوم میپردازد، و در کمتر از سه سال به مقام طبیب نایل میشود. در شرایطی که کالبد شکافی از نظر هر سه دین: اسلام، مسیحیت، و یهودیت جرم است، در خفا به کالبد شکافی میپردازد، تا از راز بیماریها پرده بردارد. چند سال در اصفهان میماند، و در این مدت ازدواج میکند. در پایان عمر «شیخ الرئیس»، در کنار ایشان مینشیند، و در فراق استاد خویش عزاداری میکند. دیگر کاری در ایران ندارد. با همسرش به لندن بازمیگردد. و سرانجام هم به اسکاتلند میرود و زندگی آرامی را آغاز میکند. گفتگوهای میان شخصیتهای داستان، بسیار زیبا، عمیق و عرفانی ست. شگفت آور است که نویسنده این چنین توانسته بطن ایران قدیم را به تصویر بکشد. ا. شربیانی

  • Chrissie
    2019-05-24 08:36

    TEST 2I thought perhaps the easiest way to synthesize my feelings towards this book was to answer the following 5 questions:When did the story take place: The first half of the eleventh century.Who were the central characters: Rob J Cole, his friends and employers and later his wife (Mary Cullen).Where did it take place: England, Scotland, a trip across Europe to Isfahan, Perisa and even a short episode in India!What was the point of the book: I believe the book was written to inform readers in an engaging manner about the time period and how it really would have felt to live then and in these specific places. The book does this well. You do learn what all aspects of life were like. You get the details concerning food, clothing, hardships and joys, both pagan and religious(Christian, Jewish and Muslim) beliefs and how medical problems were viewed, treated and looked upon by various groups. How was the book written:: OK, here is the problem! It was didactic. There were so many details that you were swamped. A chapter was spent on how one can learn to juggle...... Yes, it was actually quite revealing, but only to a point. It went on too long. This can be said in relation to many, many points. You learn how to correctly place phylacteries according to the Jewish faith, how to prepare kosher food, how to make the the medicines then available...... Parts, for example how the school in Isfahan, Persia was organized, were very interesting. Probably different parts will appeal to different readers, but to no one will ALL of it be interesting. Let me repeat, it was very didactic, to a fault! The language was clear and informative, but that was it - no sparkle what so ever!!!! I guess that is my biggest complaint. It felt like you were reading YA literature, even though some of the episodes were quite rough.Always you felt like it was trying to teach the readers. The writing was simplistic. Only very, very rarely did it encourage the reader to pose philosophical questions. It just presented the facts. By the end of the book I was finally engaged in the characters and had to find out how things would end. However for the majority I was slugging through the pages. Rarely did I laugh. I cannot remember in fact if I ever laughed.... I will not be reading another book by this author. There are better books out there that BOTH inform and capture my imagination.My head tells me the book deserves more stars, but I am sticking with my gut feelings. Most of the time was thinking this book is OK. That is how I felt, not how I was thinking. The point of this review is to try and figure out for myself and perhaps others why I felt the way I did.

  • Lauren
    2019-05-22 02:35

    Noah Gordon is my new favorite author. I read The Physician after I read The Last Jew. Both were phenomenal. The Physician is long, but I read through it quickly. I could hardly put it down! The novel is set in the middle of the eleventh century. Gordon transports readers to another time, setting an ambience that feels authentic to the time period. The novel covers a wide span of geography, beginning in London, taking the reader throughout England and ultimately across Europe through Constantinople to Persia, then India, and back to London and ultimately to Scotland. The main character, Rob J. Cole, is orphaned in London and taken in by "Barber", a Barber surgeon, which is a doctor of sorts for the lowest classes. Rob J. also has a special gift, which he discovers just before his parents die - he can sense when people die. He struggles in his new role as a Barber surgeon (he has a hard time mastering juggling, which is vital to draw crowds) but eventually he becomes obsessed with the idea of healing people after he meets a Jewish Physician who can perform cataract surgery. After Barber dies, Rob J. decides to study in Ispahan, where the Jewish Physician studied, and learn from Abicenna, the premier physician of the time. The complication is that the Catholic Church prohibits Christians from studying in "heathen" institutions, so Rob J. must disguise himself as a Jew. Rob J. learned some Jewish ways during his travels and studies Persian and ends up passing as a Jew ignorant of the Jewish traditions. Eventually Rob J. becomes a physician only to discover that his skills are not wanted/respected in London, where he is suspected of possible witchcraft and he flees to Scotland where he can practice medicine in peace. This novel is not only entertaining, but also makes the reader think. It raises many issues of religion and science and the relationship between the two. The reader also develops a strong sense of the fragility of life in this time period, of the difficulty of travel, of how much our world has progressed in 1000 years. Also, unlike most novels of this period, it gives a sense of the role of Jews in the Middle Ages. The Jewish system of travel is fascinating.

  • Salma
    2019-05-24 07:51

    تحديث: إضافة الحديث عن الفيلم المقتبس من الروايةرواية... بل هي حيوات مفعمة بالألوان و الأحداث و التشويق و المعلومات... هي قصة الفتى روب.ج البريطاني الذي نشأ يتيما في بيئة القرن الحادي عشر حيث تدرب ليصير حلاقا-جراحا... و لكن حلمه كان أن يسافر لأصفهان ليدرس الطب على يد ابن سينا، و لأن ذلك كان أمرا بدعا و مستنكرا و جرما يستوجب الموت _على زمن حرق الهراطقة_ يتنكر على شكل يهودي حتى يستطيع أن يتدبر أمره...0العادات اليهودية حاضرة في الرواية بقوة... الإسلام ببعض تعاليمه من خلال عيني مسيحي غربي مشمئز... الهمجية الغربية و التوحش الشرقي... الجهل المطبق و الكراهية للآخر أيا كان على اختلاف المكان... التلون بالأزياء و الأطعمة على اختلاف المناطق... الجغرافيا... الطب و أدواته و أدويته و أعشابه على اختلاف بين الشرق و الغرب... أساليب التسلية و أدوات الحرب... كل هذا في الرواية...0كل شيء في الرواية يجعلك تعيشه معه لأول مرة... كل شيء يبدو صعبا و غريبا... مخيفا و قاسيا... فجا و مقززا... فاتنا و مدهشا...0و كالعادة و بما أن الشرق هو أحد عناصر الرواية المهمة، فلا تخلو من تلك النبرة الفوقية الاستشراقية... في شرق يخيل إليك أن قوامه المخصيون و الديوثون و الشاذون و المتوحشون و الفاحشون و المؤمنون بالخرافات و اللاهون بمتع خبايا عالم الحريم، يخطر في بالك تساؤل إن كان هناك من شخص سوي أو محترم... فلا تعثر في الرواية إلا على شخصية اليهودي المحب لأسرته و الخلوق المتنور المسالم... في مقابل ذاك المسلم الداعر المتوحش... قد كانوا ثلاثة من الأصدقاء، روب ج. المسيحي، و مردين اليهودي و كريم المسلم. كنت أظن أن روب ج. سيصير أكثر فهما لكلا الديانتين بسبب هذه الصداقة. و لكنه لم يتفهم سوى اليهودية، لأن كريم كان شخصا مشغولا بملذاته منغمسا بها و لم يعلمه شيئا سوى الاستهتار، بينما مردين قد علم روب ج. الاحترام و الأسرة بالإضافة إلى تعاليم دينه.حتى أنك لتتساءل كيف لمثل هؤلاء القوم أن يصنعوا حضارة و طبا و ماريستنا؟ روب.ج يكتشف أنه بعد انفتاح اليونانيين الطبي و ما قدموه للدنيا، وقع العالم في الظلمة. ص(504)0إذن أين ذهبت انجازات المسلمين بل حتى ابن سينا الذي قاتل الدنيا ليصل إليه؟كل ذلك لم يبد له أكثر من تكرار لليونانيين...0و في النهاية روب.ج الأوربي يثبت لنا أنه كان الأكثر انفتاحا و تطورا من الجميع...0طبعا من المستحيل أن تخلو رواية تتطرق للشرق أو المسلمين من تلك النظرة الفوقية، لكن ما يجعلها لامنطقية في هذه الرواية أنها أقرب لتكون نظرة شخص في القرن العشرين _الذي هو المؤلف_ و ليس روب.ج الذي أتى من غياهب القرون الوسطى من بيئة جهل و فقر مدقع...0و لذلك حرمتها من نجمتين مع أنها ممتعة فعلا، بسبب تلك النغمة الفوقية الاستشراقية التي أتت في غير محلهاو بغض النظر عن تلك الصورة النمطية المزعجة... الرواية غرائبية تحبس الأنفاس و مليئة بالمغامرة و من الواضح أن مؤلفها قد أمضى ردحا من الزمن و هو يدرس تفاصيلها بعناية... و هو يملك نفسا روائيا يشدك لإتمام 712 من الصفحات... 0إن حصل و تحولت إلى مسلسل بريطاني... سيكون مشوقا...0أود أن أضيف معلومة، و هو أن النقطة التي ركزت عليها الرواية و دارت حولها كثيرا من حيث كون التشريح محرما في الثقافة الإسلامية و كانت ممارسته جرما، و الأطباء المسلمون لم يعرفوا تشريح الجسد البشري و إنما اكتفوا بنقل معلوماتهم فيما يتعلق بهذا المجال ممن سبقوهم من الإغريق و الرومان، و لكن هذا الكلام كله غير صحيح بناء على جواب الدكتور سهيل زكار (المؤرخ السوري) حين سألته عن الأمر...0و ذكر لي كمثال موفق الدين البغدادي الذي كشف الخطأ التشريحي الذي وقع فيه جالينوس. و قال أن الفك الأسفل يتكون من عظمة واحدة وليس من عظمتين كما ظن جالينوس.0كما تذكرت أيضا ابن النفيس الذي كان له إسهام كبير في التشريح حيث كشف عن الدورة الدموية الصغرى أو الرئوية... و له رسوم حول هذا الأمر... و غيرهم من العلماء...أعلم أن الروايات ليس مصدرا موثوقا لاستقاء المعلومات منها، و لكنها محفز للبحث عن حقيقة ما ورد فيها... و هذا ما حصل معي...0أيار 2010---إضافة جديدة: 0و الآن بعد مرور أربعة أعوام على قراءة الرواية أحب أن أضيف أمرين: 0- الأول أني اقتنيت كتابا قيما باسم: التشريح و الجراحة و دورهما في الحضارة الإسلامية لـ محمد كامل جاد، و من طباعة مركز جمعة الماجد للثقافة و التراث...0في أحد فصول الكتاب يعرض مسألة التشريح و حكمها و هل كانت موجودة في الحضارة الإسلامية حقا أم كانت ممتنعة... و من الواضح أنه كان هناك خلاف من الناحية النظرية بين أقوال الأطباء أنفسهم الذين تضاربت أقوالهم في أكثر من موضع، مثل ابن النفيس الذي ذكر في مقدمة كتابه "و قد صدنا عن مباشرة التشريح وازع الشريعة و ما في أخلاقنا من الرحمة" ثم في كتابه نفسه ذكر في مواضع كثيرة مزاولته للتشريح: "التشريح يكذب ما قالوه... فإن المرارة شاهدناها مرارا... فكثيرا ما رأيت الأمر على خلاف ما ادعوه أنه صادفوه بالتشريح الذي يدعون أنه تكرر لهم جميعا..." و أما المستشرقون فقد اختار معظمهم أنه كان أمرا ممنوعا في الحضارة الإسلامية، بينما لم يتفق بعض المستشرقين و كثير من الباحثين العرب مع هذا، و اعتبروا أنه كان أمرا متاحا و موجودا ... و الباحث يرجح أنه لم يكن ممتنعا، فليس هناك من فتوى دينية صريحة بالمنع و التحريم و لا ورد عن العلماء الكبار شيء من هذا، بل كان ينظر للتشريح نظر موعظة و إجلال وذكر اقتباسات لبعض العلماء كالغزالي و الفخر الرازي الذي له كتاب التشريح من الرأس إلى الحلق و حديثهم عن عظمة الخلق في تشريح الإنسان، و بالتالي فليس هناك ما يخشاه الطبيب من مواجهة مع الشريعة في هذا السياق، فضلا عن أن الأطباء أنفسهم في تلك الفترة كانوا علماء بالشريعة و بالتالي هم يفتون لأنفسهم بأنفسهم... و إنما سبب تضارب أقوال الأطباء كما يحلل الباحث أن جزءا من الامتناع كان تقليدا متبعا لأطباء اليونان الذين يحرمونه و استمر التقليد لكل من أتى بعدهم، و الآخر هو خوف من سوقة الناس و العامة... بمعنى أنه كان علما عمليا يمارسونه كجزء من المهنة و يوردونه في كتب الاختصاص، و لكنه ليس شيئا يتبسطون به أمام العامة... 0و ها هو نص صريح بالتشريح من موفق الدين البغدادي: "و من عجيب ما شاهدنا أن جماعة ممن ينتابني في الطب وصلوا إلى كتاب التشريح، فكان يعسر على أفهامهم، فأخبرنا أن بالمقس _اسم مكان بالقاهرة_ تلا فيه رمم كثيرة، فخرجنا إليه فرأينا تلا من رمم له مسافة طويلة يكاد يكون ترابه أقل من الموتى، به نحدس ما يظهر منهم للعيان بعشرين ألفا فصاعدا، و هم على طبقات في قرب العهد و بعده." 0الثاني: أني شاهدت الفيلم المقتبس من الرواية الذي أنتج عام 2013و هو فيلم ممتع، و الصورة فيه قوية بحيث تضعك في جو تلك الأزمنة حقا... و لكن الرواية كانت ممتعة أكثر بكثير، كما أنه يختلف في كثير من أحداثه عنها، و ليس له منها إلا الخطوط العامة، و كأنه إعادة كتابة للحبكة... و لكنه مع الاختلاف في تفاصيل الأحداث، يتشابه مع روايته بذلك النفس الاستشراقي العنصري المسفه الاستعلائي، و نفس الصورة النمطية عن الشرق و الشرقيين... حتى ليبدو و كأن ابن سينا و المدرسة و العلم و كل تلك الانجازات التي قدمها المسلمون ما هي إلا طفرة ظهرت في وسط متشدد و جاهل و فاسق... و الشاه المستبد بدا محقا في قسوته و دمويته بسحق أولئك المتدينين، لأنهم إن تولوا الأمر فسيحرقون كل تلك الحضارة و سيهدمون كل تلك العلوم، فما هذا إلا دين تخلف و عنف و أتباعه يقتلون الحياة أينما تولوا، و الشاه الدموي هو وحده من يحمي الحضارة من عنفهم... هؤلاء هم الشرقيون و هذا هو ديدنهم و دينهم، و لا يفترض إلا أن يعاملوا هكذا... و ما ظهر من نبذة و إشراقات و أفذاذ فيهم ذات مرة، ما هو إلا طفرة بسبب تأثير اليونان عليهم... و هذه النظرة تجدها عند كثير من "مثقفينا" العرب، الذين تجدهم متشرقنين أكثر من شرقنة المستشرقين لهم في كثير من الأحيان...0علما بأنه منطقيا لا يمكن أن يظهر علماء و أفذاذ في جو ما و لفترة طويلة، إن لم تكن البيئة هي التي هيئت لهذا الظهور بأفكارها العامة و دينها العام... فهؤلاء العلماء لم يأتوا من المريخ، و إنما هم من وسط أولئك الذين يزدرونهم... و ازدهار العلوم و على مدى قرون هو نتيجة لنظرة معينة تجاه الحياة و ليس طفرة كوردة نبتت فجأة في صحراء جرداء قاحلة... 0إنما هذا كتاب و فيلم نمطي و تطبيقي لـ ما قصده إدوارد سعيد في كتابه الاستشراق... و يبدو أمرا مضحكا ما قرأته أن يعتبر فيلم كهذا مصحح و مقرب للعلاقات بين الثقافات المختلفة... 0 و رغم كل الكتابات و الانتقادات و التصحيحيات التي ظهرت في الدراسات الاستشراقية... و ظهور كثير من الأبحاث التي تنتقد الاستشراق الكلاسيكي و تعيد دراسة التراث الإسلامي بطريقة أكثر موضوعية و حيادية من قبل كثير من العلماء الغربيين... و من هذه الدراسات حقا ما هو رائع... إلا أن الأفلام و الروايات ما زالت تتحدث بنفس النغمة الاستشراقية السابقة، و كأن شيئا لم يتغير... 0أحيانا صار يخطر لي شبح سؤال يائس، أحاول جاهدة إبعاده عن ذهني... أن ما جدوى الدراسات الرصينة و الأبحاث و الأفلام الوثائقية إن كانت تخيلات الروايات و حبكات الأفلام و فبركات الإعلام هي ما يؤثر في النهاية و يحرك الناس... 0على كل لا أحب التشاؤم حاليا... من يبحث يجد و يتعلم... و ربما تكون مثل هذه الأفلام بابا للبحث و الاستزادة من المعرفة، كما حصل معي...0أيار 2014---التعليق السابقA novel… rather lives full of colors, events, suspense and information. It is the story of the British orphan Rob. J from the 11th century who became a barber-surgeon, who dreamt to study medicine under Avicenna supervision. This was a condemned matter and a crime punished by death, at times when heretics were burnt. He disguised as a Jew to manage the matter. He made you live everything in the novel with him for the first time… Everything seemed bizarre and different, frightening and severe, rough and disgusting, charming and astonishing… The novel presents variety: Jewish traditions in a vivid way, some of Islamic instructions through the eyes of a disgusted western Christian, the occidental barbarity and the oriental savageness, the total ignorance and loathing the other _regardless who or where_, the colorful clothes and places, geography, medicine and its instruments, drugs and herbs between East and West, and tools of entertainment and war… All those contained by the novel… Since Orient is one of the important themes, the familiar orientalistic superior tone is exist in the novel… In an orient built on eunuchs, cuckolds, gays, savages, obscene figures, believers in superstitions, sunk in the hidden pleaser of harem, a question emerge in your mind; is there any one who is decent or respectful? It seemed nobody like that but the Jew; the Jew was the only one who seemed loving to his family, enlightened, peaceful, high-minded, while the Muslim was the lewd and wild. You wonder how such people made a civilization, medicine and maristan? Rob J. realized that after the Greeks brilliance illuminated all of medicine, the world fell into darkness. P.504. You ask yourself what about Muslims achievements such maristan, or even Ibn Sina whom Rob J. fought the world to reach? Well, it seemed to Rob that it was not more than imitating the Greeks. Eventually, of course as usual, the European Rob J. proved that he was the most open-minded and developed among all. I know it is almost impossible to read a book or novel about Orient or Muslims without this arrogant tone. However, in this novel it seemed extra dissonance, because it was the tone of a 20th century man, i.e, the writer, not Rob j. who came from the darkness of medieval; an environment of total ignorance and miserable poverty And because of this snobby orientalistic tone I deprive the novel of two stars. Regardless what mentioned before, it is an exotic breathtaking novel, soaked with adventures. The writer is a real storyteller.I want to add a piece of information I've discovered recently, that it is not true what the novel said about that there was no anatomy of the human body in medieval Islamic society, and it was considered as a crime, because for examples there were the contribution of Ibn al-Nafis who described the movement of blood through the pulmonary transit, and made illustrations, Abd al-Latif al-Baghdadi who described the bones of the lower jaw and sacrum, and others. Well I know that novels are not authentic sources of information, because they are imagined, however they make you want to know more about the subject. And that what happened in my caseز

  • Dov Glazer
    2019-05-20 04:32

    I’m a modern military history buff, and until I read this book I hadn’t had the slightest intrest in medieval social portraits. Well, Noah Gordon opened my eyes. I travelled through medieval Europe with Rob J. Cole (as I would later do with his descendant Shaman in America) all the way to Persia. How people dressed, ate, how they lived, the relationship with the Jewish community. The remarkable writing style ensured that the length of the book merely made it more appealing. The longer I spent reading it, the more I enjoyed it. So much so that I was saddened when the book was drew to its end. Gordon’s ability to bring his characters and era to life has been a source of wonder and inspiration for me. It definitely ranks among my favorite books of all time

  • Josiemaus85
    2019-05-17 04:38

    Schöner Re-read gewesen.

  • Inés Izal
    2019-05-12 03:47

    Mi querido padre, que es muy amante de la novela histórica, me recomendó hace muchísimo tiempo que leyera este libro, pero viendo las casi 800 páginas que lo componen, me daba "pereza-miedo-vaguería"Pensaba que iba a ser un aburrimiento en mayúsculas por el tiempo en que Noah lo escribió, mucho drama, mucho sufrimiento y tal.Pero terminado, sólo puedo decir:Este libro es una oda a la superación, a la lucha constante de un hombre para conseguir cumplir su sueño, que es dedicarse a la medicina.Y es que, pese a todos los obstáculos, las diferencias éticas, religiosas y culturales que Rob se encuentra en su camino, no hacen otra cosa, que alentarlo para cumplir su objetivo.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-12 04:43

    I love historical fiction. I love to learn about religion in historical fiction. I loved this book!This book takes place during the 11th century in Europe. It is about a Christian man who disguises himself as a Jew in order to go to a Muslim school of Medicine in the Middle East. It was so interesting to learn how these three major religions interacted with each other during that time in history.There is one problem with the book though: there is a lot of sexually explicit content. Since this book talks about most of the details if Robert Cole's life,it throws that in there as well.

  • AuntieTerror
    2019-05-08 03:25

    When I read it, over ten years ago, I was quite taken with it. Though not taken enough to persue the series further. I also remember ranting about the movie which I've seen a shorter while ago for being lacking in many departments, putting too much emphasis on a love story that didn't exist in the book in that way, and being a lot more "eurocentrist" in who is the hero than the book was.

  • Audrey
    2019-05-15 04:51

    I found this book when I looked for something similar to Follets "Pillars of the Earth" and I'm really glad I read it. Both the medieval setting in Britain and the fact that you accompany the protagonist for a long period of his life are aspects this book has in common with "Pillars of the Erath". But as the story goes on it also teaches the reader a lot about the islamic and jewish religion at that time, as well as about the medical practices in the medieval era, which is really interresting. A very good read!

  • Miquel Reina
    2019-05-17 07:41

    The Physician is the first book of the excellent trilogy (Cole Family) of Noah Gordon I read. A book that I highly recommended if you like such novels "The Pillars of the Earth" in which generations of different eras are mixed, the history of medicine and exciting travel through exotic places.Spanish version: El Médico es el primer libro de la excelente trilogía del escritor Noah Gordon. Un libro muy recomendable si te gustan las novelas tipo "Los Pilares de la Tierra" en el que se mezclan generaciones de épocas diferentes, la historia de la medicina y viajes apasionantes a través de lugares exóticos.

  • Tom Gonzalez
    2019-05-26 07:27

    Noah Gorgon's ability to transport you back into the dark ages is a result of talent and insightful research.This is a story of a young man born in London during the reign of King Knute and his transformation throughout his life to become Hakim, the Persian word for Physician. For a Christian, to become a physician was deemed sacrilegious by the all powerful church, and the Islamic world would kill infidels on sight. The protagonist, Rob J Cole, had to become something altogether different than a Christian or a Muslim in order to accomplish the metamorphosis from a dark age European to an enlightened scientist. The adventures lived and the growth undergone was inspiring for me and almost led me to become a physician. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of old England and Ancient Persia, their cultures, the harshness and impossibly of life, and historical allusions. This book is a great escape, to a world far, far from here.

  • Ro
    2019-05-06 07:43

    Por una especie de trato que hice con mi madre, tuve que leer este libro (que yo misma le regalé hace un año), mientras ella leía uno YA que le diera yo. Aclaro esto porque debo decir que si no fuera por mi madre, por la fuerza de la promesa que le hice y el aliento que me daba poder compartir con ella y contarle lo que iba pasando a cada paso que daba en la historia, no lo hubiera terminado.No he leído muchos libros para adultos, eso lo admito; la razón es enteramente porque en este punto de mi vida simplemente disfruto leer Young Adult, pero como siempre he estado abierta a un desafío, El Médico nunca me intimidó demasiado. Ficción histórica es un género que me encanta (aunque sólo haya leído dos libros en él: La Ladrona de Libros y éste -don´t kill me please ), y estoy muy agradecida y muy feliz de haber leído este libro, de haber pasado por esta historia, con sus aventuras y desventuras, por haber aprendido tanto como lo hice y porque sé que, después de haber leído este libro, no habrá otro Ficción Histórica o tocho al que mire con aprehensión. “I think of the separation between life and Paradise as a river,” Mirdin said. “If there are many bridges that cross the river, should it be of great concern to God which bridge the traveler chooses?”El Médicotrata de, pura y exclusivamente, Rob J. Cole, un niño/puberto/adulto (lo seguimos durante toda su vida) inglés que todo lo que quiere es convertirse en médico. A los nueve años y tras la muerte de sus padres, un cirujano barbero (amo a Baber por siempre y para siempre jamás) lo adopta como ayudante y le enseña el oficio. Peo Rob no quiere quedarse con eso, el quiere aprender la medicina real, quiere ser capaz de ayudar a la gente, y para eso, debe dirigirse a Persia.Estamos hablando del siglo XII, por lo que la medicina estaba restringida a musulmanes y judíos, pero tanta es la pasión de Rob que su determinación lo lleva a hacerse pasar por judío, por más que eso le pueda costar el cuello.Al entrar en este libro debes saber que no hay mucha más trama que esa. No hay intrigas, ni misterios, no vas a ver épicas batallas o enarnizadas luchas (habrán una o dos), porque esta historia es de un estudiante de medicina. Punto. Si bien lo que acabo de decir puede dejar a El Médico como algo aburrido o poco memorable, no fue mi intención; porque sí que tiene sus partes emocionantes, sus partes intensas (a modo ficción histórica, vamos a situarnos en perspectiva) y, sobre todo, sus partes interesantes.A lo largo de las más de 800 páginas y más de cuatro meses que me llevó leer este libro, he desarrollado un cariño inmenso por los personajes, por la prosa del autor y por la historia. Pero no vamos a engañarnos: el principio fue soberanamante LENTO. Bueno, en realidad este libro es lento en sí. Pero las primeras 200 páginas fueron lentas y pesadas e innecesarias e inacabables. Sí, es una buena introducción. Sí, fue curioso y medianamente interesante ver todo Inglaterra desde los ojos de Rob, su crecimiento y sus comienzos. Pero, ¿era eso realmente necesario? Me fue soberanamente difícil sumergirme en la historia, sobre todo porque, como ya dije, al prinipio no pasaba NADA. La trama no se movía, lo cual es bastante predecible en la vida de un niño de ocho, nueve años,but still...“And though you study medicine for a score of lifetimes, there will come to you people whose illnesses are mysteries, for the anguish of which you speak is part and parcel of the profession of healing and must be lived with.”Después de ese desafortunado hecho (página 230) la historia comienza. En serio que no entiendo por qué Noah Gordon hace introducciones tan largas en sus libros; mi madre ya terminó la trilogía y dice que los otros dos son iguales de lentos y aburridos al principio.Pero a partir de allí las cosas comienzan a coger forma y cierto ritmo. Este libro se divide en partes, las partes marcadas en plan Parte 1, Parte 2, etc, pero también partes que se sintieron más emocionales, dependiendo del estado y lo que fuera que estuviera haciendo el protagonista en aquel punto de su vida. Hubieron partes que fueron más lentas, por las que medio me tuve que abrir paso a traves, pero también hubieron otras que fueron atrapantes, llevaderas e incluso divertidas.La pluma de Noah Gordon, si bien no es simplona, es bastante fácil de leer, y reconozco que puede engancharte con las cosas del día a día. Este libro es placentero, como una brisa fresca después de un largo día.Los personajes estuvieron muy muy bien y sobre todo muy reales. Debo admitir que por gran parte de este libro tuve un crush muy poco femenino en Rob; pero dejando eso de lado, Rob se me hizo tan real que nunca lo consideré un personaje, sino como un amigo, o una persona que bien pudo haber existido. Fue un fuerte eje de la historia, ya que todo el libro se revuelve a su alrededor, naturalmente. Lo amé por las cosas que hacía, y lo amé por su pasión por la medicina.En estos días, cuando el 99% de los doctores lo hacen por dinero, es tan refrescante y tan necesario leer de alguien que hizo tanto esfuerzo, pasó por tanto sacrificio para tener la capacidad de sanar. Me pude identificar enormemente con la mente ávida de conocimiento de Rob, y lo admiré muchísimo por perseguir su sueño a tan gran medida.Los otros personajes que giran a su alrededor también me gustaron mucho, sobre todo porque se sentían comopersonas . Amé la manera en que formaban relaciones con Rob, y cómo el autor narraba sin tapujos las cosas medio tabú, medio pudorosescas que pasan en la vida de todas las personas. “Medicine is like the slow raising of masonry,” Rob said. “We are fortunate, in a lifetime, to be able to lay a single brick. If we can explain the disease, someone yet unborn may devise a cure.” Como ficción histórica este libro estuvo potente, en el mejor y más amplio de los sentidos. Me encantó explorar Inglaterra, la mitad de Europa y, finalmente, Persia. La forma de describir y narar del autor es impresionante, en serio que me hizo meterme en la historia y aprehender todos esos miles de detalles de diferentes culturas que vivía lanzándome.Aprendíamos las cosas al mismo tiempo que Rob, y de alguna manera él consiguió transmitirme su curiosidad, las ansias con las que investigaba y la pasión con la que aprendía y lo aplicaba en la vida real.No sólo aprendí de Europa y Persia en el siglo XI, sino que ahora sé más de la cultura judía que muchos judíos (bueno, probablemente no, pero definitivamente sé más que antes de haber leído este libro), sé de medicina (no cómo curar a alguien, pero de sus bases, de dónde vino todo, y creo que si te veo tosiendo gracias a este libro puedo determinar casi sin margen de error que tienes un resfriado), cada pequeño detalle, cada nuevo elemento que la historia trataba, yo lo absorbía como una esponja.Me siento mucho más culta luego de haber leído este libro que antes de haberlo hecho; sin dudas, atomicé a todo lo suficientemente ingenuo como para escucharme con los datos más irrelevantes - pero curiosos- de esa época. Pero qué le puedo decir, soy amante de los datos curiosos poco relevantes, así que se sintió como si este libro fuera hecho justo para mí.El Médicotiene sus partes malas, sus partes buenas, sus partes lentas y sus partes increíblemente interesantes. Pero todo se compensa con ese sentimiento tibio de absoluta satisfacción de haberlo terminado. El final fue simple pero absolutamente satisfactorio y en paz.Estoy genuinamente tan feliz de haberlo leído.

  • Rick Slane
    2019-05-04 03:34

    Historical-fiction adventure travelogue explores 11th century relationship of three major religions. It's a page turner.

  • Sheziss
    2019-05-07 07:26

    DNF page 70 of 618.I was sick of juggling balls. Where are the guts? The blood? The everything?I loved the movie, though.But they have nothing to do with each other.

  • Deborah Pickstone
    2019-05-01 07:38

    I generously give 3.5 stars despite the often farcical historical howlers this tale is flooded by because the storytelling is very good. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK and expect to be informed about the era allegedly covered.I had read it many years ago, around age 10 I think and it was this book that generated my lifelong interest in the history of medecine. To be fair to the author I believe the parts covering Judaism and Arabic medicine of the period are broadly accurate but probably no more than that, despite NG's apparent research. Ibn Sina did exist but died in 1037. I do note the date of publication and historical fiction at that time was apt to have less expected of it, to my mind.So, a few of the errors I encountered:Rob J Cole - the main character has a name that would never have been used in England at that time. Even Robert was rare, middle names did not exist for the masses and even today I have never met anyone using their name as a shortened first name plus middle initial in Britian - that is an Americanism. Finally, humble people also did not have surnames but were known by what they (or their father) did. Rob J's father was a carpenter so where did Cole come from? This absolutely basic set of errors sets the tone for the whole book!Witch pricking and the whole set of beliefs about witches sounds straight out of the Salem witch trials! There is little record of witchcraft in historical record and most of them were wise women, not barber-surgeons, which was an actual profession, albeit ineffective. I think the fear that he and Barber would be thought witches was overstated and the incident from Barber's past was unlikely. The whole issue belonged more in the 16th century or later. An accusation of heresy was a more likely threat if their practice stepped outside the accepted domain.The language Rob J studies so diligently is no Parsi but Farsi. A Parsi is actually from India and is a Zoroastrian.Travelling barber-surgeons did exist in England, being first recorded at exactly the time of the novel. However Barber carried out the job more like a travelling quack in the US in a much later era.The basic premise of the story was impossible - there is no way Rob J could have impersonated a Jew at that time and for that long and without really knowing how to be a Jew! Rob J thought like a modern man not a man of the 11th century. To have even conceived of doing what he did was beyond unlikely. NG also imputed an impossible freedom to women and Mary's father would never have considered a marriage between them as she was socially above Rob J.Finally (but far from exhaustively!) he would not have been able to practice back in England/Scotland BECAUSE HE WAS A CHRISTIAN and the reason medicine back then was so basic in Christian countries was that vivisection was considered heresy (which was true for many more centuries). The merest hint that he had looked inside a body would have probably ended in him being killed as a heretic.Here endeth my narrative!

  • Jeane Rhodes
    2019-05-16 07:23

    I've completed the entire trilogy and highly recommend it. The Physician was the lead-in to a multi-generational story that is well researched and beautifully written. I'm ready to read all three again.

  • Julia
    2019-05-18 07:37

    4,75 Sterne

  • Nuno Chaves
    2019-05-24 09:34

    Ler o Físico foi uma experiência única.É um livro que agarra desde a primeira página. Logo no início veio-me á lembrança os factos ocorridos em “Os Pilares da Terra”e mais adiante outros narrados em “A casa da Luz e da Sombra”.São criados laços fortes com o protagonista Rob Cole como se de um nosso parente se tratasse, um jovem rapaz orfão de pai e mãe que fica a braços com os irmãos de quem infelizmente também terá de se separar, mas eis que surge um Barbeiro-Cirurgião uma espécie de curandeiro, entertainer e charlatão e com ele Rob irá partir à descoberta de um novo mundo desconhecido numa verdadeira prova de sobrevivência.A função de um livro (para mim) é o entertenimento e o prazer que dele retiramos vivendo com os personagens aventuras e viagens desconhecidas sofrendo com eles, rindo com eles, sonhando e muitas vezes desejando estar do outro lado da página e fazermos nós parte dessa aventura como se fosse nossa. Mas se um livro fizer tudo isto e ainda for capaz de nos ensinar algo sem se tornar aborrecido então é ouro sob azul. Se procura um desses livros… deve ler o Físico.Simpatizei de imediato com o Barbeiro-Cirugião que deu a Rob o melhor que pode e soube foi talvez a figura mais parecida com um pai que Rob poderia ter, mas tal como um filho o jovem tem um dia de seguir o seu caminho e parte em busca da sua verdadeira vocação, curar.Numa mistura de acontecimentos, personagens e sítios reais Noah Gordon tece por seu lado uma maravilhosa ficção, dando-nos uma verdadeira lição de história, mas criando no leitor a vontade de descobrir mais e mais.Sem nunca desistir do seu sonho mesmo sabendo que isso lhe pode custar a vida Rob embarca num longo caminho desde a inglaterra até Ispahan na Pérsia (actual Irão) disfarçado de Judeu (visto que os Cristãos não eram aceites) para poder frequentar a escola de Físicos (Madrassa) dirigida por Ibn Sina (conhecido entre nós ocidentais como Avicena) o grande mestre Islâmico do seu tempo.Mas a vida não é fácil para Rob que terá de adaptar-se aos costumes locais e ao extremismo da religião Islâmica sempre com o cuidado extremo de não se denunciar.Tudo é uma descoberta para o jovem Físico, os locais, os costumes os animais, mas a sua preserverança acabará por colher os seus frutos.O Físico é sobretudo uma estória de coragem e vitória, uma ficção que poderia ter sido real. É uma história vem provar que acima dos nossos hábitos e crenças a força da amizade e a preserverança nos nossos objectivos podem quebrar todas as barreiras, mesmon as impossíveis.Em suma este foi um dos melhores livros que li este ano (se não o melhor).Um livro grande… um grande livro.

  • Carmo
    2019-05-17 04:24

    Rob J. tinha um dom.Desde criança que Rob. J. pegava nas mãos dos doentes, e podia sentir se a morte estava próxima. Sentia também uma grande curiosidade em relação às doenças; como surgiam, como evoluíam, o desejo de encontrar a melhor forma de aliviar o sofrimento e, se possível, curar os doentes.Esta vontade levou-o a perseguir um sonho, impossível para muitos. Sem família nem nada que o prendesse a uma Inglaterra atrasada e ignorante, nos primórdios do séc XI, lançou-se à aventura e, montado numa carroça durante dois anos, atravessou a Europa rumo à Pérsia, (hoje, Irão) para aprender medicina com o melhor e mais consagrado físico (médico) da época.Pôs-se à prova, por vezes nas mais primitivas condições humanas, e enfrentou sozinho, os desafios de tão grande jornada, sem outra ajuda além das suas mãos e da sua mente.Conheceu pessoas e aprendeu a distingui-las; àqueles tão maltratados pela vida quanto ele, abriu o seu coração e acolheu-os para a vida toda, com outros provou o sabor da traição e do desprezo. Aparou os golpes sem nunca vacilar ou pensar em desistir.Com todos aprendeu e fez-se um homem melhor. Por vezes, foi obrigado a passar ao lado da lealdade, a mentir e fingir, desafiando regras impostas por religiões primitivas, na ânsia de descobrir mais para poder fazer melhor. Foi além dos objetivos e,humilde, viu o reconhecimento das suas capacidades. Regressou a casa com profundas cicatrizes na alma e um grande sonho: criar em Londres um hospital como quele onde aprendera.Não terminou exatamente como estava à espera. Os sonhos são sonhos, não são a realidade e, por vezes, a vida pode levar-nos por caminhos imprevistos e mostrar-nos a felicidade em locais inesperados.De escrita fluida sem grandes floreados, devora-se com avidez enquanto nos vamos enredando, prazenteiramente, na força das personagens e nas emoções da história.Um livro que me vai ficar na memória, uma história avassaladora, que gostaria muito de ver bem passada ao ecrã.

  • Margo
    2019-05-11 07:28

    A relatively interesting travelogue and discussion of medical knowledge in the 11th century. Rob Cole, the hero travels from England to Persia to gain better training than he could get in England. His dangerous travels through Europe to Persia are described in rich detail. Along the way he meets a sheep farmer and daughter. He considers marrying her and decides not to. (He will meet up with her later and marry her.) He cannot be admitted to the Persian schools as a Christian so he manages to disguises himself as a Jew. He makes 3 friends, one who is a Muslim, and they have many adventures including going to India for the Shah (who is a "friend" of sorts). He has improbably luck and experiences. The descriptions of medical knowledge in the Middle East was interesting especially compared to what was known in most of Europe. There is a very good section on battling the plague. The three main characters are fairly well developed and interesting. Some the conclusions are predictable/My issues with the book are 1) tries to cover too much. It seemed that the author wanted to share all the research he had on the period of time from an advance method of making swords to various prayers. 2) Has several love making sections that are totally unnecessary in detail. It seemed that the author felt obligated to include them. 3) much of it is written in 3rd person ("he did so and so and then that happened") style which can be boring. I skipped or skimmed some sections because of this. I read it for a book club. I would say it is a decent read but I have not readily read more of this series.

  • Laura
    2019-05-15 10:36

    In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon's apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

  • Ivy
    2019-05-25 04:29

    Super unterhaltsame Darstellung des Lebens im Mittelalter. Die Reiseabenteuer sind toll beschrieben und der Umgang zwischen Kulturen und Religionen super interessant. Lässt dann leider zum Ende etwas nach und wird langatmig. Hat mir trotzdem besser gefallen als ich gedacht hätte.

  • Miguel
    2019-05-22 05:25

    Una obra fantástica, tanto en lo referido a la historia que contiene y su protagonista como a su calidad literaria, pues la tiene, sin abusar de recursos estilísticos pero con un tratamiento del lenguaje placentero y bastante bien estructurado. La manera en que adentra al lector en diferentes culturas, ámbitos religiosos y paisajes es hermosa, quizá no espectacular como otros autores han conseguido, pero sí muy bien desarrollada. El argumento sobre el que se sustenta la trama es especialmente original, hasta el punto de que, con seguridad, muchos de los escritores actuales y los que están por venir estarían deseosos de tener tal idea en sus manos para plasmarla en palabras. También es digno de mención el trabajo de documentación tras la historia misma. En cuanto a la expresión de sentimientos, queda claro que consigue plasmarlos perfectamente en la imaginación del lector sin facilitarle la tarea excesivamente. Es decir, en el libro no abundan extensos párrafos o explícitas frases con las que se evoquen dichos sentimientos, sino que son algunos detalles, toques, personajes y diálogos con los que, brevemente, se recrean a la perfección. Es un libro para "entender" y leer más allá de lo escrito.Las aventuras narradas en él no son apoteósicas ni esplendorosas. Tampoco se encontrarán momentos muy épicos. Es un libro confeccionado con sucesos más cotidianos y discretos que, sin ser grandes, conforman en su conjunto una gran historia.Un acertado final pese a que quizá podrían existir otras alternativas para engrandecerlo, aunque no hay mucho objetarle tampoco. La evolución del personaje es patente y se disfruta mucho al notarla conforme se avanza en la lectura de la obra. Tanto es así que incluso pueden compartirse muchos pensamientos y sentirse cierto orgullo por algunas decisiones y acciones del protagonista, pensando que seríamos nosotros mismos los que lo hubiéramos empujado hacia el mismo camino.Quizá un pequeño apunte para El médico, como opinión personal, es que no hubiera estado de más un toque más exótico del que tiene (que no está ya nada mal), así como algo más de magia y narración con tintes más épicos, aprovechando una de las culturas centrales en las que se basa. Sin embargo, esto es más bien una salvedad.Varios son los párrafos y citas profundos que descansan en esta gran obra literaria, endulzando el paladar y la mente. Además, hay muchos mensajes ocultos que merece-y mucho-la pena descubrir poco a poco.La medicina es un arte bastante próximo a mí por gratas circunstancias de la vida y por ello a este libro siempre le guardaré un muy especial cariño, porque sin haber llegado a parecerme espectacular, ha sido muy hermoso y gratificante y eso, a fin de cuentas, es mucho decir y es un gran regalo, como lo será también para todos los profesionales que dedican su vida al servicio de la de los demás. Los que crean en "vocación" y los que no encontrarán aquí algunas respuestas y una historia y testimonio bellos en los que seguramente se vean reflejados todos los que aman la medicina como razón y luz de su vida, aquella misma que, varios siglos atrás, guió a Robert Jeremy Cole entre las arenas del cálido desierto.

  • Mehdir
    2019-05-14 10:51

    The Physician can easily be ranked as one of the most racist, prejudicial, erroneous, and contradictory novels, yet to be written on the East (the Others). Islam and Persia are grotesquely sexualized. Domes on the mosques are described as body parts. Inappropriate sexuality is described as acceptable, desirable, “very sensible,” to the Persians, when the king recalls a childhood memory with a tone, frighteningly close to fondness (380). One would question the author’s motives in making the King so promiscuous and such a devil. The answer seems to be that the author is trying to create another “mysterious” East (the Others).The majority of the jargons, transliterations, simple Persian vocabulary, locations, historical figures, historical events, and Islamic terms are wrong throughout the novel! One would expect a historical novel, even if imaginative, to have a bit of research, editorial review, and educational preparedness. The author’s goal has justified “any and every” misinformation and exaggeration.Read the following statements on how Persians and Islam are described throughout the book. All are racist, prejudicial, stereotypical, and clearly untrue. These are just a few examples: “Zaki’s skin had been dark, an advantage under a hot sun. Karim’s skin needed the yellow slave; it was the color of light leather, the result, Zaki always said, of a female ancestor being f… [the author uses the full word] by one of Alexander’s fair Greeks. Karim thought something like that probably was true. There had been a number of Greek invasion and he knew light-skinned Persian men, and women with snowy breasts” (403).The climax of hatred and animosity toward the Persian land (Persia) is grotesquely depicted when Rob enters Persia and reaches a lake (Urmiya). The land, the air and everything in Persia is “salty”:- ““Take a pinch of salt [of the lake] and place it on your tongue.” He did, gingerly, and made a face. Lonzano grinned. “you are tasting Persia”…”We still have long days to ride.” But first Rob pi… into Lake Urmiya, adding his English Special Batch to Persia’s saltiness”” (266-267).- “Freckles were Allah’s just punishment on someone so shameless she didn’t wear the veil” (493)This book is planned to become a major motion picture in Hollywood and hit the movie theaters in 2013. One should only hope that this will not result in another biased, false, and shallow movie, one that only increases the distance between Us and Them, and pushes love and compassion further away.

  • Marialyce
    2019-04-27 06:43

    I had such great hope for this novel and although it started out well, it continued into a quagmire of long and drawn out story telling. While the premise was fascinating, the author just dragged the story out and included many banal details which slowed down the reader and made one feel like they were crossing the desert to a finish line that kept on getting further and further away. I never really fully accepted nor found Rob, the main character, very appealing. Granted his life was hard and one does always have admiration for those who find their way, I just could not work up much empathy for him and the characters he came in contact with. It all seemed to matter of fact and not so much empathetic feelings seemed to be portrayed by the author.Sorry to say, that as much as one can look forward to reading a certain book, they can be bogged down by rhetoric and rhetoric is certainly what ruined this novel for me.

  • Bob Martin
    2019-05-02 03:41

    A boy born in London about the year 1000 becomes orphaned at 9 and is apprenticed to a barber-surgeon/traveling entertainer. The boy learns to juggle and play his part, but he wants to learn how to heal people. As an adult his quest takes him across to Persia to the greatest medical university of the time and back again.Overall, it was a terrific medieval adventure. I did feel it stagnated in the middle, but towards the end it got back on track.

  • Allison
    2019-05-23 03:48

    It took me 4.5 months to read this book, since it's the one I've been reading a page or two at a time on my phone whenever I find myself waiting around and needing a book to read. The style of The Physician made it a good one to savor in such a way. It's going to be really strange reading about someone else now when I find myself waiting, which happens a lot by the way.Wow, this story really covers a lot of ground - literally. It starts out with a young orphan in the early 11th century who develops a yearning to improve his medical knowledge. This desire takes him from Britain to Europe, Persia, and as far as India. Rob is a remarkable man for his time, and it is heartbreaking at times to see him struggle and experience terrible setbacks. Mostly, though, it's a hopeful tale of learning and compassion, of creative solutions to the closed-mindedness of the time period. It also highlights the religious prejudices of the Middle Ages while inspiring sympathy for individuals of each faith, and portrays each location and people that Rob encounters vividly. The time period really came alive through Rob's travels and relationships. I feel like I lived there.At one point near the end, I was struck with a sudden fear that it was going to end tragically and I think I could have been induced to throw my phone after all Rob learned and went through. Thankfully it ended well, or as well as it probably could for the mindset of the times, and my phone was spared.