You may have noticed a slight dearth of reviews around here lately, if you pay attention to that kind of thing.
I er … streamlined. Yeah. Let’s call it that because it sounds way better than “I am extremely lazy and completely distracted by games on my new iPhone and things like Avengers legos”.
Doc, by Mary Doria Russell is a historical novel. It’s sort of about the famous shoot-out at OK Corrall but mostly, actually …not.
It’s really more of a character study of Doc Holliday and of Wyatt Earp and it’s fascinating.
I was predisposed towards Doc anyway because I absolutely loved The Sparrow and Children of God, which are incredibly beautiful, sad and haunting sci-fi novels by Doria Russell.
And while Doc is a completely different genre, it still has the same haunting touch that I remember from The Sparrow.
It’s largely a meditation on character, and on fate, and how it really is the little things that change the course of our lives, while the really big stuff goes on around us, almost without us noticing.
Not exactly a Western, but not exactly NOT a Western, either, Doc is a lovely, lovely narrative that you can’t help but be drawn into.