News of the World

News of the World

Large Print - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich : Large Print Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781432839970
1432839977
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: large print,rda
289 pages ; 22 cm

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This wonderful neo-western novel offers a great adventure story and an intriguing examination of cultural identity.

By the age of 10, Johanna has been kidnapped and raised by the Kiowas, sold back for $50, and cruelly rejected by her only living relatives. This neo-Western could be viewed as a study of a woman's place in the world.

Set in post-Civil War Texas, the story is about 10-year-old Johanna Leonberger, a girl who was taken and raised by the Kiowa when she was six. Retired Capt. Jefferson Klye Kidd takes on the task of reuniting Johanna with her family despite the fact that she speaks no English and has the worldveiw... Read More »

Set in post-Civil War Texas, the story is about 10-year-old Johanna Leonberger, a girl who was taken and raised by the Kiowa when she was six. Johanna speaks no English and her worldview is that of her Kiowa family. When she is ransomed back to an Indian Agent, an attempt is made to reunite her w... Read More »

Set in post-Civil War Texas, the story is about 10-year-old Johanna Leonberger, a girl who was taken and raised by the Kiowa when she was six. Johanna speaks no English and her worldview is that of her Kiowa family. When she is ransomed back to an Indian Agent, an attempt is made to reunite her w... Read More »


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spiderfelt_0
Nov 15, 2017

Jiles brings into focus the character of the various towns, colored by the cultures of the different immigrant communities. The personalities encountered on the road are well-drawn. It was easy to slip into the story, picturing the scenery, the settlements and the folks along the way.

HappyPuffin Oct 29, 2017

Jiles writing is sparse and beautiful, each word carefully choosen. I read the book while travelling in San Antonio. What a delight!

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Spokoj
Oct 01, 2017

Well written novel about intercultural challenges in the latter days of the western frontier. Timely connection to our current fractured society.

BostonPL_LauraB Sep 24, 2017

I liked this, but I didn't love it. That's the best description of this 3 star book. I bumped it up to a 3.5 for the emotions that it evoked in me with the last twenty pages, but otherwise it's a quiet, well-written novel, but it didn't "wow" me.

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infobetsy
Aug 27, 2017

I loved this novel! There is so much to note: spare, poetic prose that shows without telling and brings characters and landscapes and history to life; a suspenseful journey; an unlikely buddy story; thoughtful consideration of the value of the printed word; thoughtful consideration of how traumatic life experiences are woven into a person's being; thoughtful consideration of cross-cultural communication.

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MIMS750
Aug 17, 2017

Beautifully written with realistic characters. This novel explores issues that we still face today but with an historical context.

jyaremchuk Aug 10, 2017

A very well-written, sweet book.

scl_Cori Aug 04, 2017

I don't usually enjoy books where dialogue is not marked by quotations marks but it fits in with the style of this book. It is a slow, easy journey following a piece of the main character's life.

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ssjv
Aug 01, 2017

Heartening read. Intelligent, humorous dialogue.

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MaryElizabeth17
Aug 01, 2017

This is such a unique story with an amazing amount of historical detail deftly woven into the narrative. There are strong, likeable characters who make you want to stay with them long after the book has ended. It is a wonderful book.

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

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