Wednesday, December 12, 2018

First Wednesday Book Club: NEWS OF THE WORLD, Paulette JIles





A retired military man makes his living by riding through Texas and reading the news in small towns after the Civil War. The news he reads tends to lean toward the more entertaining and foreign, something not found in the local gazette. While traveling through one area, he is asked to return a ten-year old girl, taken by the Kiowa Indians, to her family near San Antonio. She has been a captive for five years and has bonded with her Indian family. The novel details their road trip, their adventures, their bonding, and the eventual arrival in San Antonio. My book group really admired the language, the story, the characters, and the sentiments of this fine book. A little like THE SEARCHERS, LONESOME DOVE and other similar stories. A real gem. Especially relevant in light of current immigrant issues.

More reviews at Barrie Summy's place. 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It does sound like a really solid read, Patti. And the setting appeals, too.

Barrie said...

Interesting...and topical. And that your book club enjoyed this book makes it all that more interesting. Thank you for reviewing!

Jenn Jilks said...

Yes, such immigration issues...

Rick Robinson said...

1. Wonderful to see a post by you! I hope a Monday "happy" post will come soon.
2. This does sound interesting. I must be the only person on the planet who didn't like Lonesome Dove, but I won't let that stand in the way of my trying this one.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

What didn't you like about it, Rick, if you don't mind me asking, because LONESOME DOVE was a big favorite of mine.

Surprisingly, this one (which does interest me too) has a few dozen on the library wait list, yet has the ebook copy available. If only my injury wasn't making reading so difficult now.

Powell River Books said...

Like a traveling bard. Sounds like an interesting book for a history major like me who specialized in the Civil War era. - Margy