News of the World

News of the World

A Novel

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062409201
Characteristics: 213 pages


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Oct 08, 2018

A lovely book, very well written, descriptions made me see the locations. Great characters

apollospacefan Jul 22, 2018

Slower paced book with the fascinating scenario of a man in the later years of life connecting with a young Indian captive girl. They journey south through Texas to return the girl to her aunt and uncle's home, against her wishes and even understanding, while he reads "news of the world" to the towns along the way.
The writing style Jiles uses omits the usage of quotation marks, which is distracting for a while, but worth persisting.

Jul 18, 2018

Top notch! What a great book. Two spectacular characters. Wonderful prose. I would enjoy reading about Johanna and her adult life. Jiles is a master storyteller. I look forward to reading more of her work.

Jul 16, 2018

A full-hearted 5 stars! Best thing I've read so far this year. Paulette Jiles lets the reader get to know the two main characters incrementally as the story goes along and as the relationship between them develops and works its changes on both of them. That central premise, the complex relationship between an older man or grandfather figure and a daughter has proven powerful again and again for centuries --Dumas' La Dame aux Camélias, Wagner's Die Walküre: Die Opern der Welt, Shute's Pied Piper and obviously Gray's Little Orphan Annie come to mind. And Jiles exploits the idea to the full. In Johanna, we are presented with one of the most engaging and feistiest little kids to be found in literature. The tale is greatly enriched by its portrayal of a unique time and place -- chaotic, dangerous, corrupt post-civil war northern Texas, a land whose people have in short succession lived under the regimes of Spain, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy and finally the Union army and a horde of carpetbaggers. And all the while the last of the Indian wars was continuing. Happily, this is a book that more than lives up to its glowing reviews.

Jul 05, 2018

I liked this very much & find it sparks interest in further reading. It seemed realistic to me, well-researched & well-written.

Jun 20, 2018

A very quick read! Great tone and pace throughout. I agree, as some one said below, that there are some gaps in the plot. The ending sure does happen fast!!!! Either way, as another comment suggests, if you love Lonesome Dove, you'll enjoy this story as well. Captain Kidd continually reminded me of Captain Call. Definitely different characters, but I couldn't help but draw parallels between the two of them.

May 25, 2018

A most memorable little girl whose story will touch your heart.

May 17, 2018

“Captain Kidd” and “Johanna” are amongst my most memorable fictional characters, a metaphorical power over each other between the two. But I also have doubts on each lest they were discredited by author’s clever scheme.

The ending also appears to overstep from a folk lore trying to reach epic scale and please the mainstream readers.

I love the title and its meaning throughout the wars and “Captain Kidd”’s life with quiet tenacity.

Apr 17, 2018

With spare, but lyrical prose Jiles tells us the harrowing tale of a veteran of three wars (Kepdun) and the ten-year-old girl he signs up to return to her relatives in San Antonio. She was christened Johanna (Chohanna) and her Kiowa name was Cicada. Along their perilous journey Captain Kidd tries to keep them both alive and earn some money plying his current trade as a reader of the news. Captain Kidd has clarity in his role and the current anarchy around him and that could be the defining quality that will help them survive.

Mar 21, 2018

Loved it. If you like Lonesome Dove, you will love it, too.

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Sep 14, 2018

Some people were born unsupplied with a human conscience and those people needed killing.
-Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd

cals_readers Feb 17, 2017

Some people were born unsupplied with a human conscience and those people needed killing.


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