One of the few books that not only is a beautiful portrait of the cultures of times past but captures the emotions of life no-mater what point in time. A beautiful and poetic portrayal of life experience.
This book was okay Not one I would listen to again. I have Cherokee in my family background and heard somethings I didn't know. Even though it was fiction I found some parts of the native history very interesting.
My husband and I read this book several years ago, and on a cross-country trip this summer we easily agreed it was one we could enjoy hearing again. Having just listened to Will Patton narrate The Glass Rainbow, we were reminded what an evocative reader he is and how much he brought to the beautiful story and language of Thirteen Moons. Having taught some of this history to 5th graders, I found wonderful passages to share with them. The strength and clarity of these characters came through in the writing of the story. We highly recommend it. For those who have suggested it is a slow read, I'd say it is, and pleasurably so.
Many books are made much more enjoyable by the narration, this book is a prime example of that. I can't imagine it done by anyone but Mr. Patton. This is the first book I will listen to again. Wonderful.
I thought Cold Mountain was a strong, original book but Thirteen Moons surpasses it in character development and the sheer beauty of his descriptions of nature. Thirteen Moons might have seemed better because I was listening to the wonderful interpretation of Will Patton instead of my puny interior voice that I hear when I read.
If you love beautiful prose, don't miss this.
Many parts of this book are beautifully written and thus a pleasure to listen to (particularly with Patton narrating), but the story doesn't go anywhere. While this is clearly meant to be a character story (the story of one man's life) most of the characters aren't well developed and I didn't care much about them. Many characters, including the narrator's love interest, seem to exist just to offer the protagonist something to react against, with no real lives of their own.
This is not usually the type of book I would read but I sure am glad I did. Charles Frazier writes so wonderfully. His words are vivid, beautiful, poetic. I could visualize everything! The story is about a man remembering his life as a white boy raised by Indians. Being a "bound" boy he is sent to work at a market on the outskirts of an Indian tribe. He ends up being adopted by Bear and learns Cherokee and the Cherokee ways. His heart is broken as Jackson orders all of the red men to head West to live in the "Nation". His heart aches for his one true love, Claire. Beautifully written, I can't give this one enough praise. I think I'll read Cold Mountain just to hear Frazier's luscious phrases once more.
This is one book I would buy in abridged format. The descriptions are artfully drawn but TEDIOUS. It could be an interesting story with interesting historical detail about a way of life on the frontier. The descriptions are often poetic, right down to the shape of spoons and hygiene and if you just like listening to poetry this could be your book. I almost quit listening on more than a few occasions. The narrative description was so long I would loose the thread of the story and have no idea what was happening in the story or where it was going. A good editor could abridge this into a listenable book on tape.
I had hoped it would be as good for the long drive to Alaska this summer but I think the book seemed longer than the drive. Not enough comic relief in this endless saga of not much happening. Rather disappointing.