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I'm new to Wild West books - this is only the second I have read. This is a page turner from page 1. Beautifully drawn characters and I had the greatest sympathy for both the settlers and the native Americans. At times the descriptions of the raids was quite upsetting but I learned so much - especially being English. I won't say anything about the plot because I think that's been covered by other reviewers. I would thoroughly recommend this book not only for the story, which is riveting but also for the beautiful way Paulette Jiles writes.
Wonderful read really well written gripping and very relevant book about our world and the people that live in that world. The abuse of fellow beings just for being of the wrong culture. It is still going on in the world today. I shall read more of Paulette Jiles she is one of the true storytellers' . Highly recommended.
A wonderfully told tale about the clashing of two cultures. Words nicely dressed and non judgemental, interwoven with the story of a single minded man of the sort that drove forward our version of civilisation.
This book made me think Ms. Jiles lived out her first life in Texas after the Civil War and for that reason writes books about that era that make her readers feel they are living it too. Her historical research on all levels is impeccable. It is also explicit when it comes to the war between settlers and Indians. As explicit as Cormac McCarthy’s fiction which means The Color of Lightning is not for the faint-hearted.
The story centers around a black family where family members have been captured by Kiowa and Comanche and later on when the husband takes up the freighting of supplies to dangerous places. Paulette’s prose is always gorgeous and as rugged and expansive as Texas. She has written volumes of poetry so it is no stretch to say her fiction, rough scrabble as the violent plot can be, is poetry in motion. I liked News better only because I don’t care for the McCarthy approach. However this book is mesmerizing in its prose and its description of the Kiowa and Comanche life. It haunts and hypnotizes. It somehow goes deeper than News. You learn a lot about solid writing from Paulette Jiles.
This is an enthralling sometimes meandering story that reminds us of the savagery of colonisation in the United States and explores the ironies of racial exclusion through the heroic character of Britt. The failure of the Quaker peace mission is rooted in its collusion with colonial policy.
I had read "News of the World" and loved it, so maybe I had too high of expectations. I am compelled to warn other women especially during these #MeToo times that it becomes very graphic about the Indian's treatment of the women captives. For me, I could not continue reading, nor could I try to skim ahead to where it was no longer a part of the story. I had to put it down. For those who that sort of thing it would not bother them, what I had read before was good. For those who do not care for graphic descriptions of rape, I do not recommend "The Color of Lightning"