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Ride the Wind Mass Market Paperback – November 12, 1985
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About the Author
Lucia St. Clair Robson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela and has lived in Japan and Arizona. She has written several novels, including "The Tokaido Road", "Shadow Patriots", and "Ride the Wind", which won the Golden Spur Award. Robson lives near Annapolis, Maryland.
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Robson does a great job of maintaining a delicate balance between the "savagery" of the Comanches (a horrifying massacre of the Parker family opens the novel) and the rich, positive side of their lives. She has set out to understand and communicate how a young white woman could come to regard her "rescue" as a second kidnapping, and she pulls it off. *The Searchers,* based on the same story, may be a greater work of art, but *Ride the Wind* has the taste and smell of truth about it.
To put it simply, this was one of the first books that made me love reading. What stands out about Robson's writing is that everything was described so vividly. Though it can be considered a historical romance, there is nothing formulaic, a characteristic of so many other romance novels.
Lucia St.Clair Robson is a librarian. One day, she came across some information about a person named Cynthia Ann Parker and how she grew up with the Comanche Indians. The more she read about Cynthia, the more she was hooked. Finally, she decided she had to write out Cynthia's story. This book is the result. Now of course this book is a work of fiction because Robson took many liberties by filling in things that were missing from the actual historical record. Still, the fiction struck me as realistically imagined. It gave me moments of pure joy in addition to moments in which I bawled my eyes out.
This is such a great beginning introduction to reading about the Comanches ~~ even though the book is a novel ~~ it is based on what few known historical facts on Cynthia Parker and the man who she calls husband ~~ Wanderer, one of the last great Comanche chiefs. Robson writes with passion the story of a white girl kidnapped by the Indians in her youth ~~ and how she transformed her ways to those of the tribe. It is a heart-warming story, one that will haunt you for the rest of your life. It also shows a softer side to the Indians that you normally won't see ~~ they're not the savages as people make them to be. I'm not saying that they're not fierce warriors ~~ they are and do practice warfare with a savergy that is different from what historians call "civilised society." But Robson shows the fierce loyalty the Comanche have for their tribe and one another ~~ and their way of life.
Pick this book up. I guarantee that you won't walk away from it without being haunted by the stories that Cynthia and her friends share with you. It is an eye-opener into the way of life then. And it is a heart-breaking story as well. Try it and see. I don't think you'll regret it.
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The story of Cynthia Parker will stay with me forever. The details of Comanche life are vivid and allows the reader to feel liked they are part of the story. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Andrew T Pozzuto
We knew about the characters, but, reading the full account was eye opening..Great book!Published 10 days ago by D. Garza
Amazingly good book! I read when I was in high school and remember it clearly. It's a definite tear jerker and one of my favorite books of all time!Published 19 days ago by Nicole Eddings
The book gave a very good picture of Indian life on the prairie during the early 1800's through the very early 1900's. Cynthia:/Naduah's story was fascinating.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I read this book when it was first published, and because it has always been one of my favorites, decided to read it again. It was worth it!Published 1 month ago by J. L. Martin
A truly inspiring and enlightening book for me. I never knew much about the Comanche Nation and the story of Cynthia Ann Parker before this read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Troy
Robinson's detailed lyrical prose is but one of many virtues of this unforgettable reading experience. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. Larry S. Ledford
Such a sad story of a young girl kidnapped by the Indians at age 9 and then captured & returned to her white family when she was 32. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. COSBY