Tuesday, 27 December 2016

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

In post Civil-war Texas, veteran Captain Jefferson Kidd travels from town to town reading from newspapers to a paying audience eager for news of the world.  Johanna Leonberger has been rescued from the Kiowa tribe who have held her for 4 years.  She has forgotten her language, and to white society is deemed uncivilized.  Kidd agrees to escort the 10 year old home to her aunt and uncle across 400 miles of unsettled and unmerciful landscape.  Thrown together, their bond begins from a mutual need for survival and eventually develops into a deep and caring relationship.

Jiles’ poetic background is obvious in her vividly detailed and effortlessly evocative descriptions of the harsh Texas countryside and her creation and development of characters.  Lyrical and evocative, there is a strong sense of humanity, community, family set against this harsh and finely drawn backdrop.

submitted by Karole-Anne