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Calling Crow Paperback – December 1, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is told in part from Calling Crow's third person perspective, and partly from the perspective of various Spanish protagonists. I personally preferred the Calling Crow perspective; as I could immediately identify with him, feel the pain of his separation from his home village and the woman he loves, and his longing to return home. Clayton very competently lets us see the new world that is opening up tp Calling Crow through his own eyes; the Spanish wear "skins of metal" and they carry "thundersticks". When he first sees a horse he thinks it is a huge dog, and is terrified; at first I was not quite certain what a "jagged hill" was, until he began walking up it and I realised it was a staircase!
The novel is very competently written. Clayton does not divide the characters into the "good" natives and the "bad " Spaniards. He shows how many of the captured become weak and lethargic in captivity; not every one of them possesses Calling Crow's bravery, quick-wittedness and strength of character.Read more ›
Genre fiction that rises well above the pack. Compelling and thought provoking.
Despite a sagging middle, it is an engaging page-turner almost all the way through. It is well-written with a likable hero (Calling Crow) with a brilliant and surprisingly moving ending. Calling Crow's pathetic attempt to harness iron is especially touching.
The only quibbles I have with the book are of the wish-list variety. I wish it was 100 pages longer. It could use a little more depth. I wish the Spanish characters (other than Father Luis, if I recall the name correctly) were a little more fleshed out. Who were the Spanish? How did their minds work, and why? Some of the villains were a bit cardboard, mustache-twirlers.
Note to the author: I bought this book eagerly for my Kindle on the strength of the sample. I would have been happy to pay in $5-8 range. I was surprised to see it priced at $.99. But just so you know, the low price did not encourage me to buy. Bad books are not worth $.99, and good books are worth much more.
I'm getting the rest of the series now, whatever the price.
This is a very interesting story that is narrated with a native point of view that express his reasoning about the clash of the cultures everything about the new civilization and religion and about everybody he meet in the colony, spaniards and captived indians, their way of thinking, believing and living.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read. The storyline is interesting and the interaction between the characters is good and thought provoking. It makes you wonder where the next storyline is going.Published 6 days ago by Mike Dehart
I loved the book! So many Europeans are not aware of the thriving civilizations that existed in the Americas before coming here. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thora Dorn
It was depressing because the main character always had problems and the Spanish were so cruel.Published 4 months ago by Nanny
Very good historical novel. I received this book free from Amazon for Kindle, and thoroughly enjoyed the read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NinaS
Found almost any experience Calling Crow went through in the book as an awakening to life's mysteries. It is a most satisfying read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robert Landeck
Author Paul Clayton has written presumably autobiographical fiction about the war in Vietnam as well as his own brand of insightful urban fantasy about modern American life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stephen E. Gallup