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Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier

Thirteen Moons

by Charles Frazier

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I listened to this book and found the narrator to be pleasant to listen to. The story is a rambling sort of story poetic at times so if that is not your cup of tea you probably won't enjoy it. I only gave it 3 stars because while it was entertaining and I had no problem wanting to get back to listening each time I had opportunity to listen, There just wasn't anything to cause me to say wow and I don't feel I will have any memory of this book in 6 months. Not a waste of time in any way, I just did not love it to give it 4 stars. ( )
  theeccentriclady | Apr 13, 2016 |
Near the end of his life, frontiersman Will Cooper reflects on his formative experiences from the unfamiliar comfort of his twentieth-century retirement lodge. A call from Claire, a woman from his past who he believed was dead, plunges him into memory, the recollection of which comprises, save for this prologue and a brief epilogue, the novel's entirety.

Will, as a twelve-year-old boy, is sold into indentured servitude, and in this capacity he travels alone to the edges of a growing United States of America and of the Cherokee Nation in order to manage a trading post. On the way to the trading post he suffers many misadventures and ends up losing his horse which is his only means of transportation. In tracking down his beloved horse he happens upon the formidable Featherstone, (A renowned horse thief) who Will beats at a game of chance which amounts to a large sum of money. Featherstone demands that Will give him a final chance to recoup all the money in a final hand against a girl that Featherstone claims to have many of. Will wins the girl but when he meets her (Claire) he instantly falls in love with her, however Featherstone has other plans and immediately strips Will of everything and send him running for his life off into the wilderness. After a few days of wandering Will stumbles upon the trading post. There, Will demonstrates, along with optimistic fatalism, an aptitude for entrepreneurship. He quickly learns to speak Cherokee, the language of many of his customers, he manages to communicate and trade with them. His financial success allows him to build a small library there.

Over time, he befriends a Cherokee chief named Bear who adopts him as a son and he is adopted into the tribe as well. As the years go by, Will grows more and more attached to Claire and they consummate their affection after a long process of courtship. However, Will finds out that Claire was married to Featherstone when he married her sister she was thrown into the deal. Coupled with the fact that a white man can not legally marry a mixed blood in the state they never become joined in marriage.

The army comes in and displaces almost the whole of the Cherokee nation and Claire if forced to move away. Will turns to his friend Bear and to the Cherokee Nation. He takes up their cause and lobbies at the nation's capitol, arguing for the tribe's legal land rights which is somewhat successful at keeping a small potion of the land for his tribes exclusive use.

Devastated by the loss of his love on top of the miseries his friends have suffered along the Trail of Tears and the traumas he himself witnessed while fighting in the Civil War, Will departs his only home and wanders the nation aimlessly.

After long years, which include a bittersweet reunion with Claire and a duel with Featherstone, Will retires to a lonely home near a railroad built on a vast tract of land which he owns. The novel ends in elegy for lost opportunities, the frontier spirit, and the memory of a native people.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
I loved this book, takes place in the time period of early settlement of America. It reminded me of my dad and also made me sort of yearn for a time when things were simpler. I would not have been sorry to have been born a native American, but certainly not this late in their history - maybe a hundred years or so before that when the Americans hadn't begun meddling in their affairs. The main character often lives off of his horse, camping and traveling about, much of the time alone - what a great life that would be. Some element of the mystical only adds to an already good story. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
Basically, Thirteen Moons is about Will Cooper. The book opens with him as a 12 year old being sent to run a trading post on the Indian Nation as a bound boy. Throughout the book you see Will's growth from child to adult to old age. This is a beautifully written book. Charles Frazier has a way with words that really make you feel as though you are in the scene. ( )
  i.should.b.reading | Jan 15, 2016 |
this was the slowest reading story I ever tried... SO boring. I thought maybe if I listened to it on disc that it would be more entertaining, so I was listening in my car...and the guy reading it was even *more* boring than ME reading it. I am lucky I didn't drive off a bridge. ( )
  ER1116 | Jan 13, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812967585, Paperback)

At the age of twelve, an orphan named Will Cooper is given a horse, a key, and a map and is sent on a journey through the uncharted wilderness of the Cherokee Nation. Will is a bound boy, obliged to run a remote Indian trading post. As he fulfills his lonesome duty, Will finds a father in Bear, a Cherokee chief, and is adopted by him and his people, developing relationships that ultimately forge Will’s character. All the while, his love of Claire, the enigmatic and captivating charge of volatile and powerful Featherstone, will forever rule Will’s heart. In a voice filled with both humor and yearning, Will tells of a lifelong search for home, the hunger for fortune and adventure, the rebuilding of a trampled culture, and above all an enduring pursuit of passion.

Los Angeles Times Book Review, Chicago Tribune,
and St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A literary journey of magnitude . . . Thirteen Moons belongs to the ages.”
–Los Angeles Times

“A boisterous, confident novel that draws from the epic tradition: It tips its hat to Don Quixote as well as Twain and Melville, and it boldly sets out to capture a broad swatch of America’s story in the mid-nineteenth century.”
–The Boston Globe

“Frazier works on an epic scale, but his genius is in the details–he has a scholar’s command of the physical realities of early America and a novelist’s gift for bringing them to life.”

“A powerhouse second act . . . a brilliant success.”
–The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Compulsively readable . . . a fitting successor to Cold Mountain.”
–St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Magical . . . fascinating and moving . . . You will find much to admire and savor in Thirteen Moons.”
–USA Today


“Mesmerizing . . . a bountiful literary panorama . . . The history that Frazier hauntingly unwinds through Will is as melodic as it is melancholy, but the sublime love story is the narrative’s true heart.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Brimming with vivid, adventurous incident.”
–Raleigh News & Observer

“Reading a Frazier novel is like listening to a fine symphony. . . . Take the time to savor Frazier’s work, to take in each thought, to relish the turn of phrase or the imagery of a craftsman.”
–The Denver Post

“[Four stars] . . . Commanding . . . Frazier’s faithful will not be disappointed.”

“Superbly entertaining.”
–Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Fascinating . . . vivid and alive.”

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At the age of twelve, under the Wind moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home. In a card game with a white Indian named Featherstone, Will wins a mysterious girl named Claire. As Will's destiny intertwines with the fate of the Cherokee Indians, including a Cherokee Chief named Bear, he learns how to fight and survive in the face of both nature and men, and eventually, under the Corn Tassel Moon, Will begins the fight against Washington City to preserve the Cherokee's homeland and culture. And he will come to know the truth behind his belief that only desire trumps time.… (more)

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