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News of the World von Paulette Jiles
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News of the World (Original 2016; 2016. Auflage)

von Paulette Jiles (Autor)

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"In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember--strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become--in the eyes of the law--a kidnapper himself"--… (mehr)
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Titel:News of the World
Autoren:Paulette Jiles (Autor)
Info:William Morrow (2016), Edition: 1st Edition, 224 pages
Sammlungen:Deine Bibliothek
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Tags:historical

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News of the World tells the story of an aging army veteran, Captain Kidd, who subsists in his golden years by reading newspapers from far-off places to small-town residents throughout north Texas in 1870 for ten cents a pop. He is drafted by an acquaintance to take charge of a 10 year old girl, Johanna, recently returned by an Indian tribe who had kidnapped her and killed her parents years before in San Antonio. The entire book is a travelogue as the two of them bond while traversing the state of Texas so that Johanna can be returned to her aunt and uncle.

I didn't love the style of writing. We get some of the inner life of the Captain and a little of that of Johanna, but it's not that beautifully rendered. More effective is the focus on the relationship between them. Still, the story is affecting- a good read. ( )
  DanTarlin | Oct 1, 2021 |
Ahhh, as I read this book I couldn't help but feel like I was on a horse alongside Captain Kidd and Johanna and as the story drew on the horse started galloping and I could not put it down. What a treasure this book is. The descriptions of the Texas landscape are marvelous and I feel like the Captain and Johanna are my family now. It's amazing that such a short book can pack so much into 209 pages. ( )
  Tosta | Aug 28, 2021 |
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  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
I can see that I am definitely in the minority here, but this book wasn't for me. I found the missing punctuation to be distracting, making the writing style feel long and rambling. I felt like there was a lot of buildup for a climax that never really arrived. ( )
  Chinesa72 | Jul 28, 2021 |
A magical and wonderful story

This novel was a real joy to read. The author’s descriptions of the people and landscapes of old Texas are wonderful. The story itself is a great testament to the power of love. ( )
  frankdu4 | Jul 12, 2021 |
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Susan, June, April, Nancy, Caroline, Wanda,
Evelyn, and Rita Wightman Whippet
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Captain Kidd laid out the Boston Morning Journal on the lectern and began to read from the article on the Fifteenth Amendment.
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Britt's own wife and two children had been taken captive six years ago, in 1864, and he had gone out and got them back. Nobody knew quite how he had done it. He seemed to have some celestial protection about him when he rode out alone on the Red Rolling Plains, a place which seemed to invite both death and dangers. Britt had taken on the task of rescuing others, a dark man, cunning and strong and fast like a nightjar in the midnight air.
Long bright crawls of water slid across the livery stable floor and took up the light of the lantern like a luminous stain and the roof shook with the percussion of drops as big as nickels.
A light drizzle drifted through the landscape of cranky post oak trees whose limbs did not have six inches of straight any of in them.
Then she seemed to struggle with a tangled thing inside her head, something knotted that would not unknot.
Above and behind them the Dipper turned on its great handle as if to pour night itself out onto the dreaming continent and each of its seven stars gleamed from between the fitful passing clouds.
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"In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember--strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become--in the eyes of the law--a kidnapper himself"--

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