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News of the World (2016)

af Paulette Jiles

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"In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember--strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become--in the eyes of the law--a kidnapper himself"--… (mere)
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This was a nice read about a friendship between a man in his seventies and a girl of about ten. Very cool that it was set in Texas because I’ve been to most of the places mentioned! ( )
  Akacya | Feb 28, 2021 |
Filled with much detail: plant names, details about wagon wheels and spurs, names and description of birds. In the end its the characters and personality of the people on the story that grabs the reader.
I came to care deeply about what would happen to captain Kidd and Johanna. The insight into life in Texas of the 1870s made it more engaging. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Feb 23, 2021 |
Amazing book. Jiles says so much with so few words. I see the poet in her and I will be reading more of her books. ( )
  carolfoisset | Feb 14, 2021 |
This was such a fascinating read! Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd works his way around norther Texas doing readings of the news. New of Chicago, of New York, of London and other places a lot of people have not even heard of. He brings stories from around the world, that others would otherwise never hear of. After a reading one night, he is asked to do a job, a job that he knows he is fit for but can hardly fathom. Maybe he will do it partial the way and then find another for the rest of the journey.

A child has been returned, from the Kiowa Indias. She was kidnapped years ago and now she needs to be returned to her family. But all that she has left is an aunt and uncle that lives quite a ways south and getting there will be through some dangerous territories. He is also being offered a $50 gold piece to complete this journey. He knows in his heart it is the right thing to do.

Along the way, he learns a lot about her, and what she has all been taught by the Indians and she is learning from him how to live like a white person once again. Although communication between the two can be hard, they always work out what the other is trying to communicate. Meanwhile, Captain Kidd is still doing readings throughout each town they need to rest in and the two are looked upon as an odd pair of travelers.

It was a very good, quick read. I read this novel in one day. It was very interesting the different situations that they came upon as well as the things she had learned and how they did come in handy on their journey to her family. I am looking forward to watching the movie that was just released for this book. ( )
  Chelz286 | Jan 31, 2021 |
An old soldier travels through the post-Civil War west making a living by reading newspapers in the halls of small towns. He is asked to bring a 10 year old girl who had been captured by the Kiowas back to her German aunt and uncle in southern Texas. She would rather stay with the native people and has adopted their language and culture. It is an arduous journey. Sometimes the book moves slowly, so that you have a sense of journey. The depth of the characters, the insightful details, makes it a moving story. ( )
  bookfest | Jan 27, 2021 |
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Britt's own wife and two children had been taken captive six years ago, in 1864, and he had gone out and got them back. Nobody knew quite how he had done it. He seemed to have some celestial protection about him when he rode out alone on the Red Rolling Plains, a place which seemed to invite both death and dangers. Britt had taken on the task of rescuing others, a dark man, cunning and strong and fast like a nightjar in the midnight air.
Long bright crawls of water slid across the livery stable floor and took up the light of the lantern like a luminous stain and the roof shook with the percussion of drops as big as nickels.
A light drizzle drifted through the landscape of cranky post oak trees whose limbs did not have six inches of straight any of in them.
Then she seemed to struggle with a tangled thing inside her head, something knotted that would not unknot.
Above and behind them the Dipper turned on its great handle as if to pour night itself out onto the dreaming continent and each of its seven stars gleamed from between the fitful passing clouds.
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"In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember--strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become--in the eyes of the law--a kidnapper himself"--

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