June 23rd, 2011

A Birthday

Slavery In Indian Country

Slavery In Indian Country:  The Changing Face of Captivity in Early America by Christina Snyder.

Bit of a misnomer.  It treats with slavery among the "Southern Indians" -- those on the East Coast and as far west as the Mississippi who were south of the territories that the Iroquois controlled.  Not that meant that the Iroquois were not sometimes a problem. . . .

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A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

A story of the French Revolution.

Published 1859, Approximately 136,000 words., Available for free at Project Gutenberg.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is one of the most popular books of all time, with over 200 million copies sold to date. The novel is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution and depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same period. The main characters are Charles Darnay, a French aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Sydney Carton, a British barrister who endeavors to redeem his ill-spent life out of his unrequited love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.

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Verdict: Dickens is always worth reading, and all his prose skills are on display here, with a sprinkling of his usual memorable characters. A Tale of Two Cities is also a good "starter Dickens" since it's shorter than most of his other novels, and has more action and suspense. It's not exactly an authoritative historical account of the French Revolution, but probably nobody has captured the emotions and drama of that period better.

I did not read this for the books1001 challenge, but it is on the 1001 books list.