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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.Read more ›
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.
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
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished 16 months ago by NRR
Loved this book, wonderful story. I would recommend this book to everyone.Published 16 months ago by Marylou Thomas
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 morePublished on March 28, 2014 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 morePublished on June 21, 2004 by NotATameLion
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 morePublished on May 31, 2004
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 morePublished on March 12, 2004 by CoffeeGurl
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 morePublished on February 16, 2004
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 morePublished on January 6, 2004 by Ellie Whyte
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