Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"Thirteen Moons" - Charles Frazier

This book takes place in The Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina in the 1800s. Will Cooper narrates his life story beginning when he was just an orphaned boy who was sent to run a trading post at the edge of the Cherokee Nation.
The story is told in the first person as if Cooper were sitting beside you reminiscing about his life. He tells of Bear, a Cherokee elder who adopted him, and how he became a white Indian chief. He recounts how he became a prosperous merchant, land owner, self taught lawyer, and state senator. He talks about Claire, the love of his life that he lost.
This book has no structure and very little plot. It tends to ramble from one thing to another, just as a person would when talking. There is no suspense, it just moves along as his life did.
You may think that this book would not be that interesting, but you would be wrong. I totally enjoyed it and was sad to see it end. The descriptions of the mountains are simply beautiful. I found the daily life of the Indians and settlers to be fascinating.
I got this book at the library, but I may purchase my own copy. It's a book I will want to read again.


Carla said...

That one does sound good!

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Some reviews I read were very negative, but I found it interesting.