News of the World

News of the World

A Novel

Book - 2016
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In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062409201
0062409204
Characteristics: 213 pages

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ehbooklover Mar 05, 2017

3.5 stars. I'll be honest: it took me a while to get used to the lack of quotation marks and this affected my initial impression of the book. Once I got used to the writing style, I was able to really start enjoying it. I absolutely loved the relationship that grew between the "Kep-dun"... Read More »


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AL_SARAHD Jan 17, 2018

I wanted to like this book, I really did. I found it predictable, full or plot holes and Jiles sadly missed the mark by a long shot.
**To see my Spoiler Alert laden post, see the Audiobook version of this title**

GCPL_Angela Jan 02, 2018

Very short, and a quick read, but it has more impact than you would expect from such a slim volume. While I was initially put off by the lack of quotation marks for the dialogue, ultimately I think that this choice gave the narrative a kind of immediacy and a greater intimacy with the Captain's perspective. While there are some lovely descriptions of the natural world as the Captain and Johanna pass through it, by and large the prose is direct and spare, which I like. The pairing of old man and young girl traveling together through rough country inevitably calls to mind True Grit, and the young heroine certainly displays an abundance of that characteristic. Caught between two worlds and destined to never truly belong to either, her existence in the in-between is poignant and haunting. (As Doris says, she is both "not-real" and "not not-real.") The bond forged between her and the Captain feels very genuine, and the ways they both help each other survive -- on a literal level but also on that deeper plane of the soul -- makes this story sing.

A lovely story well told. Check it out.

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saracsmith
Dec 02, 2017

Recommendation from Leslie Kelsey: Post Civil War, a man makes his living by going from town to town reading newspapers. He agrees to return a girl kidnapped by the Kiowa to her people

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becker
Nov 21, 2017

For me, the major appeal of this gently told story was the way it captured a time and place in my mind. It was immersive and transporting. The story is told softly and slowly and I loved the idea of Captain Kyle Kidd travelling around and reading news from around the world to the people. It gave you such a visual snapshot of what was happening both in the U.S. and around the world in the time right after the Civil War. It was a short, undemanding and enjoyable read.

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spiderfelt_0
Nov 15, 2017

Jiles brings into focus the character of the various towns, colored by the cultures of the different immigrant communities. The personalities encountered on the road are well-drawn. It was easy to slip into the story, picturing the scenery, the settlements and the folks along the way.

HappyPuffin Oct 29, 2017

Jiles writing is sparse and beautiful, each word carefully choosen. I read the book while travelling in San Antonio. What a delight!

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Spokoj
Oct 01, 2017

Well written novel about intercultural challenges in the latter days of the western frontier. Timely connection to our current fractured society.

BostonPL_LauraB Sep 24, 2017

I liked this, but I didn't love it. That's the best description of this 3 star book. I bumped it up to a 3.5 for the emotions that it evoked in me with the last twenty pages, but otherwise it's a quiet, well-written novel, but it didn't "wow" me.

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infobetsy
Aug 27, 2017

I loved this novel! There is so much to note: spare, poetic prose that shows without telling and brings characters and landscapes and history to life; a suspenseful journey; an unlikely buddy story; thoughtful consideration of the value of the printed word; thoughtful consideration of how traumatic life experiences are woven into a person's being; thoughtful consideration of cross-cultural communication.

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MIMS750
Aug 17, 2017

Beautifully written with realistic characters. This novel explores issues that we still face today but with an historical context.

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cals_readers Feb 17, 2017

Some people were born unsupplied with a human conscience and those people needed killing.

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