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John Ehle was born on December 13, 1925. During World War II, he was an infantry rifleman. From 1962 to 1964, he was the special assistant to North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford. He helped establish the North Carolina Governors School, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, the mostrar mais North Carolina Film Commission, the North Carolina Institute of Outdoor Drama, and the North Carolina School of Arts. He was an author who championed Appalachian literature. He wrote 11 novels including The Land Breakers, The Free Men, The Road, and The Widow's Trial. The Winter People and The Journey of August King were made into films. He received several awards including the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for North Carolina fiction, the North Carolina Award for Literature, the Thomas Wolfe Prize, and the Lillian Smith Award for Southern Fiction. He also wrote six works of nonfiction. He died on March 24, 2018 at the age of 92. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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I honestly struggled to find any similarity between this book and the historical fiction series beginning with the Land Breakers that John Ehle authored. It could be that I just can't comprehend the dynamics of an abusive relationship. I should probably be careful about dropping spoilers but I think that the book's title already tells readers what is going to happen.
In its defense, the courtroom and jury scenes are very entertaining but there's were too many scenes where I just wanted the story to move along.… (mais)
Unkletom | 1 outra resenha | Jan 18, 2024 |
This book gave me a new perspective on the Indian removals.

Though not Indian myself, I grew up on an Indian reservation. We moved there when I was 3 years old. So, I grew up with a love for and sympathy for the Indian people.

Through reading this book, I was again struck with how evilly the Indians were treated by our ancestors, but I also received insight into how evil, stubborn and foolish some of their own leaders were. They could have made the best out of a bad situation for their people, but refused to.

All-in-all, though, I wish there was a way to go back and do right by these original inhabitants of America.
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claidheamdanns | outras 6 resenhas | Sep 26, 2023 |
I believe this is the first in a series of historical novels. It is set in late eighteenth century Kentucky and recounts the efforts of several gritty, hardscrabble families to establish a settlement. The personalities and the relationships are well drawn but where the book really shines is the description of the day to day life. These are hard, complex people who embraced a project against very daunting odds in an environment that is isolated from outside assistance. They encounter all sorts of critters, calamities, and the dark sides of their own personalities, all the while shearing sheeep, raising grain, building cabins, and dogedly surviving. A gem for the detailed depiction of daily living.… (mais)
brianstagner | outras 5 resenhas | Apr 16, 2023 |
So informative and so heartbreaking! Fascinating story which highlights the worst and best of our human nature.
rjdycus | outras 6 resenhas | Dec 19, 2022 |



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