When nine-year-old Rob Cole felt the life force slipping from his mother's hand he could not foresee that this terrifying awareness of impending death was a gift that would lead him from the familiar life of 11th-century London to small villages throughout England and finally to the medical school at Ispahan. Though apprenticed to an itinerant barber surgeon, it is the dazzling surgery of a Jewish physician trained by the legendary Persian physician Avicenna that inspires him to accept his gift and to commit his life to healing by studying at Avicenna's school. Despite the ban on Christian students, Rob goes there, disguising himself as a Jew to gain admission. Gordon has written an adventurous and inspiring tale of a quest for medical knowledge pursued in a violent world full of superstition and prejudice. Written by
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The film is based on a best-selling novel by Noah Gordon's "The Physician". The book was recorded in 1999 at the Book Fair in Madrid, in the list of the ten most popular books of all time. See more »
The edition of "Arabian Nights" that Rebecca carries seems to be a pocket book. Such a format was not created until the 19th century by editors intending to profit from low-margin mass-produced books. In the time of the story, books were copied by hand and therefore scarce and expensive. There was no reason to make smaller books. Instead, they were usually large enough for two people to read at once. See more »
[performing for a crowd]
Back and forth, up and down, left to right, for more than one hundred years. But nowhere have I had the pleasure of looking out upon a crowd with prettier girls than here in your wonderful Rough Dovender. Why do I specially like it here because... I always lay me best eggs here.
[starts imitating a chicken, then produces an egg]
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A film worth watching, a journey worth embarking. Although it is not 100% historically accurate, the film is set in medieval times and portrays the scientific advances in midst of the ideological conflict between the Christian, Muslim, and the Jewish world. There are many important lessons that this film teaches. It raises difficult moral questions and the conflicts between religious moderate and extremists. In a time when scientific discoveries were not encouraged by the Catholic Church, the main character - a young believer in Christ - explores the world to find answers to human pain and sickness. I recommend it specially for those who enjoy the debates of science and religion, and the complex philosophical questions we all need to reflect upon.
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