The All-True Travels And Adventures Of Lidie Newton
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 01 June 1999
- Modern & Contemporary
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I love books that give me a new perspective on history, compelling characters, and viewpoints that shift and show nuances throughout the story. Terrific. Appreciate the careful historical research that went into this (Kansas Territory just prior to the Civil War, with the race issue building) and that the story is told from the viewpoint of a character without a concrete point of view, who changes as she lives through events. A really good read -- I didn't want the book to end.
My first Smiley. Nothing grand, but a nice story.
Excellent. About a woman who moves to Kansas with her new husband in the 1850's with all the pre-Civil War turmoil going on. I have a vague idea of this period from reading American history, but never had a sense of what it must have been like to live it. Smiley is really good at giving you a sense of that. Though for me, it's not at the level of Horse Heaven for how much I loved it, or Greenlanders for how it impresses me and haunts me, it's way up there.
This book covers conditions in "Bleeding Kansas" in the period leading up to the Civil War. In the hands of a writer as talented as Smiley, it should have been one of the best. Maybe Smiley set the bar too high, but this just doesn't live up to the standards I expected after "A Thousand Acres".
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