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This tale of these two making their way through perils both natural (swollen rivers) and human (Indians and male predators) on the lengthy trip from Wichita Falls to San Antonio is completely absorbing.
This was another of the very rare books from which I couldn't bear to be separated. It went everywhere with me; it was in my hands as soon as I had a few free minutes. There are few historical books I've read that could begin to compare with News of the World. And comparisons being truly odious, I would do a great disservice to the author by naming the one or two that come to mind.
So I'll just say that this novel has my highest recommendation. It's a wonderful book, a great accomplishment.
Nonetheless, Kidd takes on the assignment, and so begins this gem of a novel, which was sheer delight to read, and is still lingering in my mind some two weeks after finishing it. It's short, perfectly paced and constructed, and chronicles Kidd's journey with Johanna: both the physical voyage they make across the Texas landscape, and the obstacles they surmount together, and his internal journey, as he bonds with the young girl who begins to call him, alternatively, "Keh-pun", or the Kiowa word for grandfather. When Kidd discovers her aunt and uncle have a reputation for using their young relatives as indentured servants and working them to the bone, the dilemma is even more dramatic. What can or should he do, when all he wants is a peaceful old age?
I can't recommend this too highly. Like any great historical novel, it captures both a place and an era almost perfectly. Ostensibly it's a great Western adventure yarn, in the tradition of the shows those of a certain age might watch on their TVs or at the movies. But the real adventure is an emotional one. This packs a powerful emotional punch, and the writing is superb. Just don't miss it. It's a safe prediction that this slim volume is going to have everyone talking about it when it hits bookstores.
What a gift to myself!!! I loved it. My trip was two hours (plus a lot of driving around at my destination before I drove the two hours back four days later). When I arrived, it felt like the time (two hours) had gone by in a flash, I was so absorbed in the story. There were ever a couple of times I parked and sat in the car for a few minutes, listening a little longer.
Heartwarming, funny, touching, interesting, suspenseful....this novel has it all. Plus, if you get the CD version, the reader is absolutely wonderful. I listen to books on CD all the time (I've actually never used my car radio!) and sometimes the story has been good but the reader not up to it. In this case, the story is told by Captain Jefferson Kidd who is in his 70s. The reader is a male and sound about that age so it seemed very appropriate.
At the end of the novel, there was a short section by the author (read on the CD in this case) about true stories of children abducted by Indians and how they fared when they were rescued. She even recommended a book if readers want to know more. It gave me a sense that she really researched the book (it would still have been wonderful if she didn't research it...but that was a plus).
If you ever look at reviews that I do, you'll know that I very rarely give five stars, but this book deserves it! Don't miss it!!!
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