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News of the World (2016)

por Paulette Jiles

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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"--… (mais)
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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 |
A heartwarming story, set in the aftermath of the Civil War. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd ("Kepdun," age 72) is paid $50 in gold to return a liberated captive child of the Kiowa tribe, who has spent ages 6-10 with the native Americans after they killed her parents. Johanna Leonberger ("Chohenna") is a white girl, of German descent (blonde hair, blue eyes.) They lack a common language and culture, but build real trust during their 400-mile trek to Castroville, Texas though mostly small towns. His job is live readings from newspapers to paying audiences (a dime a head), hungry for "News of the World." Johanna Leonberger (age 10), a white girl with blue eyes, is a captive of the Kiowa. Johanna is devastated to be abandoned again to her aunt and uncle, Anna and Wilhelm Leonberger, which Kidd was obligated to do. The ending was better than the protracted story. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Beautiful, moving, informative. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
Short and evenly textured this both is and is not the old man and the little girl who is a comfort as he is a shelter. The vast Texas landscape and the scrabblely folk of the towns fighting each other as they fight to survive are as much agents as Captain Kidd and Johanna. ( )
  quondame | Jun 27, 2021 |
Interesting book for historical reasons, but I thought it was very slow. Read it for Bookclub February 2020 ( )
  lexiej | Jun 27, 2021 |
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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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