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News of the World by Paulette Jiles

News of the World (original 2016; edition 2017)

by Paulette Jiles (Author)

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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"--… (more)
Title:News of the World
Authors:Paulette Jiles (Author)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2017), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:LITERATURE, Oct, 2019

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News of the World by Paulette Jiles (2016)

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After the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is at loose ends. His job now involves traveling town to town in Texas reading newspaper stories in halls where people gather to listen. After one of his shows, he is offered a large sum to return Johanna, a young girl whose family was killed by Indians and then was taken and raised by them. She speaks no English but he reluctantly agrees to take her back to her kinsmen. This is a tale of two lost souls and what can happen from their connection. Lovely! ( )
  JulieLill | Aug 15, 2019 |
If you get half way through this and are trying to decide whether to finish, take heart. The second half moves faster than the first half.

Of course it would have been nice if the German hadn't been so bad. For example: Obers (cream) and über (over) are not the same thing at all, and people from the Western edge of Germany would not have used Obers anyway. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Aug 5, 2019 |
News of the World is a story about the way two very different people can change one another. It's a simple story—in fact, an old and familiar one—about a young girl who was captured by a Native American tribe and now is being forced to return to her old life. There's nothing new or surprising about this story, but it is told with such care and attention to details that the too familiar story has been given a fresh coat of paint.

The best part of this story is perhaps the details of Captain Kidd, a very old man who travels the country reading newspapers at public gatherings. It's such a fun idea for a character, giving readers a unique view of the time and steering far from the expected chaperone—an army general or a sheriff.

I'm a little surprised that this book was a National Book Award finalist. It's good. It's entertaining. But it never struck me as something particularly special. It's definitely one I would recommend to anyone looking for a fairly light, historical novel. ( )
  chrisblocker | Aug 4, 2019 |
Deals with the psychology of children captured and adopted by Native American tribes on the frontier 1870 Texas. They apparently became Indian in every way and rarely readjusted when returned to their non-native families. They always wished to return to their adoptive families.

"She said, she is like an elf. She is like a fairy person from the glamorie. They are not one thing or another." ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Jul 25, 2019 |
In the late 1800s, an 70-something widower travels around Texas with a bag full of newspapers, giving readings as a way to spread the news of the world to others. He agrees to transport a 10-year-old girl back to her family after she's been rescued from the Kiowa, who kidnapped her four years earlier. Like many captured children, she doesn't want to be rescued and is an unwilling travelling companion at first, but then they become fast friends who help each other through interesting and sometimes dangerous situations on their way south to her family. Handing her over to her aunt and uncle may prove to be the most difficult part of the task...
I'm generally not a fan of westerns, but I'd heard nothing but amazing things about this one. They were all true. The characters and the story are fascinating and the writing is top notch. ( )
  scaifea | Jun 2, 2019 |
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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.
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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