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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.
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.
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Thank you, Ms. Jiles!