In 1851, nine members of the Oatman family, on their way by covered wagon to California, were savagely attacked by Apache Indians. Two girls in the family, Olive Ann, 14, and Mary Ann, 8, were taken captive by their attackers. An older brother, Lorenzo, 15, was gravely wounded and left for dead, but managed to make his way back to civilization. The rest of the family had been brutally massacred.
The story of the Oatman girls—their harsh and despairing life in captivity, the tragic death of little Mary Ann from shock, and their brother’s five-year-long search for them—is vividly described in this riveting true life story. Recounted by Lorenzo and Olive to the author shortly after they were reunited in 1856, this incredible account of love, perseverance, and determination will thrill any adventure fan, while also appealing to historians and students of Native American culture.
Public Domain (P)1999 Joss Recordings
I bought and downloaded this title because I recently listened to THE CAPTURED by Scott Zesch, a great book about Apaches and Comanches capturing white settlers and the white indian experience. I was pleasantly surprised to find this book that seemed to be about the same basic story and it was written by the victims themselves.
I do have some experience reading other white indian narratives and I knew that most used ghost writers and I assumed that was the case here. This presumed ghost-writer seemed to take particular delight in using as much language as possible to describe just about everything. It got pretty ridiculous! One does have to take into accont that hte book was written a long time ago and it's clear the author was trying to paint as detailed a picture as possible but I found myself quite frustrated at times and fast forwarded much of the book in order to move the story along. When I missed things, I just figured it out as I went along.
It's still a fascinating page in the history of America and I'm happy Audible has this important book but be prepared to make allowances for the author's verbose style. The narrator is ok. he certainly doesn't try to add any feeling to the reading.
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