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Only the Wind Remembers [Kindle Edition]

Marlo Schalesky
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Book Description

Making peace with the past...
Discovering the only love that heals...
Ishi: the last of his tribe, utterly alone in the white man's world.
Allison: abandoned as a child, haunted by dreams of a mother whose face she cannot recall.

In 1911, the last Yahi Indian walked out of the woods and into modern civilization for the first time. Driven from a life of hiding, Ishi longs for one thing: to tell a secret tale, a fable of his people that only he knows. Allison Morgan understands how important it is to obey the tenets of propriety, especially when her anthropologist husband is entrusted with the care of the last "Stone Age" Indian in North America. Yet something about Ishi stirs echoes of memories long forgotten, compelling her to defy the rules. Secretly, she learns Ishi's language. And then the tale begins, bringing with it the promise of hope long abandoned. But in the midst of renewed dreams, will a tangle of hidden motives, personal insecurities, and long-masked secrets destroy her once chance to discover the truth?

Based on actual historical events, Only the Wind Remembers invites you to a times when everything was not as it seemed, when a simple tale held the key to hope, when only the wind remembered what it meant to be free.

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About the Author

Marlo Schalesky is the author of three books and a regular columnist for Power for Living. Over 400 of her articles have appeared in various Christian magazines, including Focus on the Family, Todayís Christian Woman, Decision, and Discipleship Journal.

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  • File Size: 944 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PL9QYY
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4.0 out of 5 stars Had to put the book down and have a good cry ... January 16, 2004
In 1911, the last Yahi Indian walks out of the woods and into civilization for the first time. Driven by starvation and loneliness, Wanasi expects to be killed; to go �down the river� to join his family.
Anthropologist, Thomas Morgan, is ecstatic to learn about the Indian�s existence. He will be the perfect addition to the Indian museum where he works. But Thomas is devastated when he arrives and finds out the Indian has been place in a jail cell where citizens come to gawk at him. Not knowing the Indian�s name, Thomas decides to call him Ishi. He gives Ishi white man clothes, and they head for the museum.
Allison Morgan, Thomas� wife, has spent hours setting up the museum so it�s perfect. Nothing is out of place; everything is carefully labeled and sorted by Indian tribe. She is devastated when Thomas and Ishi arrive and they discover the museum has been vandalized. Allison was abandoned as a young girl and the woman who raised her bred her to be the perfect woman, obeying all the tenets of propriety. Why is it is difficult to obey the rules around Ishi? And why will disobeying those rules be devastating to everyone?
In the midst of dreams, a tangle of hidden motives, insecurities, and well-kept secrets, will Allison be able to discover the truth? Will Ishi find friendship? Will Thomas be able to find out who is sabotaging the museum and Ishi and why?
ONLY THE WIND REMEMBERS starts out sad. At first, this reviewer didn�t think much of the book, but as the story progressed, the book became increasingly difficult to put down. The story line is impressive. Based on true events, the reader is instantly transported back to life at the early part of the twentieth century. The characters are very well developed and are easy to relate to, to feel their fears and insecurities.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating tale. March 4, 2004
In the early 1900's the last surviving member of the Yahi tribe walked out of the woods into a town in California. All the other members of his tribe had either been killed or died, he was the only one left speaking his language. Yashi, as he was called, was taken under the wings of a small anthropological museum where he alternately was treated as a human being and as a living exhibit.
In Only the Wind Remembers, Marlo Schalesky takes this rather sad and unusual history and creates a poignant and uplifting fictional story. She describes the loss of connection between well-meaning people when they feel forced to live their lives according to rather restrictive rules of the late 1900's. In the end they are brought to the realization that through Jesus' sacrifice, God provides a richness of forgiveness and acceptance that can be life changing.
Although the characters are ensnared in rather sad situations, this is a gentle and soothing account. It is easy to become caught up with the stories of each individual and you will want to keep reading to find out what will happen to them. The image of the Ishi playing songs on his flute in the museum that no one else in the world will ever hear again is one that will linger with you a long time after the book is over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets March 2, 2004
Everybody has a secret and nobody is talking. Yet, each of these secrets affects everybody else. Allison Morgan has never known her father but she does have a vague remembrance of her mother. Her clearest memory is of being abandoned near garbage cans in an alley. Allison's husband, Thomas, has his own secret life that revolves around a father he doesn't understand. Thomas' father, Pop, is a dedicated preacher who is determined to tell the Indian, Ishi, who walked out of the woods one day, about Christ even though neither understands the language of the other. To Pop it doesn't matter. He shoves the Bible in Ishi's face, waves his arms around and shouts about the Lord. Mrs. Whitson who is wealthy, arrogant and obnoxious, is into controlling everyone and every situation.
Risking disgrace and ostracism, Allison secretly learns Ishi's language and he begins telling her a long story that he heard from his now extinct people. He tells her he is compelled to tell her the story so that it won't die when he does but will live on as his people would want. As Ishi tells his story, Mrs. Whitson finds out Allison speaks Ishi's language and forbids her to talk with him again. After all, a decent white woman would not get that close to a savage. Thomas, who works for Mrs. Whitson, is forced to go along with her demands. Ishi becomes ill and is close to death. Will Allison and Thomas disobey Mrs. Whitson and let Ishi finish the story?
This is a story that can teach many lessons, especially with regard to making assumptions about people you don't know. Some of the secrets you can guess but it doesn't take away from the suspense of the story and the need to hurry to the end. It is a book that gives insight into the plight of Indians in America in 1911 as well the how subjugated women were.
Reviewed by alice Holman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only the Wind Remembers--a must read November 18, 2003
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An amazing story of one so-called uncivilized Indian and his influence on the lives of those who took him into their hearts and lives. The story is based on the true-life experiences of Ishi (man)-the sole survivor of the Yahi people.
Several years prior to WW1, Wanasi stumbled into the corral of a cattle slaughtering company in northern California and into the white man's modern civilization. Starving,covered only with a long shirt, expecting to die, Wanasi yearned with his whole heart to be with other people--even the Saldu( white men). Living on whatever nature provided,hiding always, without comfort of hot food, warm clothes, shelter, always in fear, Wanasi now faced whatever lay ahead. Would it be death?
Anthropologist Dr. Thomas Morgan becomes Wanasi's protector and teacer. But who is truly the teacher? Wanasi learns to live in San Francsco at the museum. He meets Pop, Mrs. Thomas Morgan, Dr. Kroeber and Willie. As Wanasi learns a little of the Saldu's custom's, their lives mesh in mysterious ways. How does Wanasi know the loneliness and fears in Allison Morgan's heart? Why does Wanasi need to tell Allison Morgan the story of the great Eagle?
Only the Wind Remembers is an unforgettable story of hope, love and a few dreams fulfilled. It is a story of one
"uncivilized" man caring about people and showing God's love to those around him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars not her best
While based on fact, I did not like the fictional characters. They really bogged down the story. I wanted to quit reading but there was just enough intrigue to keep me going. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NRR
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Loved this book, wonderful story. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Published 2 months ago by Marylou Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment
I was so looking forward to reading this book and was very disappointed in the end. I suggested this book for my book club and it was not received very well by any of us. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Erin Mueller
Marlo Schalesky has what it takes to become a truly great writer. Only the Wind Remembers is a powerful book. I could not put it down during the last one hundred pages. Read more
Published on June 21, 2004 by NotATameLion
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching & riveting even for non-historical fiction types :)
First let me say that I'm not usually a big historical fiction fan, but Marlo Schalesky's beautifully written and compelling 'Only the Wind Remembers' had me hooked from the first... Read more
Published on May 31, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, riveting, historical/spiritual tale!
This is one of the most beautiful books that center on spirituality that I've ever read. And it doesn't hurt that it is also a historical novel. I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on March 12, 2004 by CoffeeGurl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical fiction
In 1911 California, a starving and lonely young Wanasi, the last Yahi Indian, leaves his woodland home expecting to join his people in death. Read more
Published on February 16, 2004 by Harriet Klausner
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling tale that will refresh your spirit
ONLY THE WIND REMEMBERS tells the story of the last Yahi Indian who emerged in 1911 from an isolated existence in the woods into the civilised world for the first time. Read more
Published on January 6, 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling,sensitive story
Because I've taught Theodora Kroeber's original Ishi book to ninth graders, I was especially interested in Marlo Schalesky's fictional account of the last Yahi Indian. Read more
Published on December 2, 2003 by Janet H. McHenry
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More About the Author

Besides writing books that I hope you'll buy (!), I also run an engineering firm and have recently earned my Masters degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Originally, I was a research chemist (I got my bachelor's degree in chemistry at Stanford University in 1988), but I always knew I wanted to write. So, I'm grateful to be weaving stories that whisper of grace, of mystery, and of surprise. Find out more about me at or like my Facebook page at

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