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debschne, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by debschne)
Lyrical, moving story about a freedman in Texas whose family is taken by Indians and his fight to get them back. Brutal story, told without judgment; the context is beautifully and frankly rendered.
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Sounds like a really fascinating book!!
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The Washington Post review above summarizes this book better than I could. I love the great plains, and have always wondered if we could have done better in our interactions with the original inhabitants. Jiles describes a culture gap so deep that the results were likely inevitable, with tragedy for all involved. Her evocation of the plains is marvelous, and her descriptions of the protagonists and their interactions carefully non-judgmental. Although it may not have been her intent, this reader saw lessons that are still very relevant today that,sadly, we seem as a society not to have learned.
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ISBN:
9780061690440
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Jiles, Paulette
Author:
by Paulette Jiles
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
Historical - General
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Historical
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090331
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Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
368
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9 x 6 x 1.17 in 18.48 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The author of Stormy Weather and Enemy Women returns with a lively exploration of revenge, dedication and betrayal set mainly in Kentucky and Texas near the end of the Civil War. Britt Johnson is a free black man traveling with a larger band of white settlers in search of a better life for his wife, Mary, and their children, despite the many perils of the journey itself. After a war party of 700 Comanche and Kiowa scalp, rape and murder many of the whites, Mary and her children get separated from Britt and become the property of a Native named Gonkon. Britt must wait through the winter before he can set out to rescue and reclaim his wife and children, only to discover that not only does he not have enough money to bargain with the Indians but also that his own family's fate has as much to do with land disputes and treaties as it does with his determination to get revenge. Jiles writes like she owns the frontier, and in this multifaceted, riveting and full of danger novel, she does." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , “Meticulously researched and beautifully crafted.... This is glorious work.” — Washington Post

“A gripping, deeply relevant book.” — New York Times Book Review

 From Paulette Jiles, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Enemy Women and Stormy Weather, comes a stirring work of fiction set on the untamed Texas frontier in the aftermath of the Civil War. One of only twelve books longlisted for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize—one of Canadas most prestigious literary awards—The Color of Lightning is a beautifully rendered and unforgettable re-examination of one of the darkest periods in U.S. history.

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