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John Poniske
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In a previous post (Great Book Recommendation) I introduced Margaret Barton's well-researched fictional account on King Philip's War. I was genuinely disappointed in the response. Ms. Barton helped the era come alive so that I could smell the burning timbers and smell the fear sweat on the many characters describes in detail. Not only does she provide an excellent bibliography, but a glossary, substantial notes, and a historical commentary following every chapter. I was impressed, can you tell?

Perhaps an excerpt would entice a few of you to read her most excellent novel. Taken from the chapter "A NIPMUC WELCOME- August 1675" (the viewpoint is that of a young native boy)

Thunder Bear Dreamer stained the faces of the Nipmucs and Wampanoags with ochre as they gathered around a massive grave in the hollowed out top of a forest hillock. Ninety-four dead warriors of the Nipmucs and Wampanoags had been placed on their sides, knees bent, facing the southwest. Small baskets of corn and bows and arrows were placed with the bodies. Metom stood stoically at his father's side as the bodies of his friend, Nimrod, and so back to life, to hear their voices again. The boy squeezed back his tears.
Later the drums resumed their beat calling the sachems, powwows and warriors to the ceremonial area. The Nipmuc sachem Matoonas convened the Council. Reciprocal gift giving, farewells to the dead and affirmations of friendly relationships between the two groups made it now possible to discuss their joint efort in the rebellion against the Wautaconaug (whites).
Matoonas said, "We need to persuade every native in the land to join with us. Let us start with the river tribes to the west. Let our first goal be to rid the river valley of the hateful Wautaconaug. Then shall we look to the east, burning town after to2wn until they sail back to their land across the sea."



I see no blatant sympathy for either side in Ms. Barton's writing. On the contrary, As I read I felt increasingly sorry for both sides. Exciting stuff!

http://www.amazon.com/England-Fire-Stories-King-Philips/dp/0...
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John Poniske wrote:
In a previous post (Great Book Recommendation) I introduced Margaret Barton's well-researched fictional account on King Philip's War. I was genuinely disappointed in the response.


"Temporarily out of stock."

I don't know about that . . . somebody's been buying it.
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theaney wrote:
I don't know about that . . . somebody's been buying it.

Yes indeed. I ordered one for where I work upon reading the previous post on it:

http://lola.plymouth.edu/search/t?SEARCH=new+england+on+fire...
 
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I ordered the book, based on your recommendation. It should be arriving this week.

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I stand ... most thoroughly corrected. blush
Thank you one and all.

August is not all that far off, can Philip be far behind?
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John Poniske wrote:
I see no blatant sympathy for either side in Ms. Barton's writing. On the contrary, As I read I felt increasingly sorry for both sides.


One of the hallmarks of great war storytelling from the Iliad onwards.

Cheers,
J.
 
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Thanks for the heads up on the book - I'm going to check it out.
 
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Just finished this book the other day. I didn't know if I would like the short story style going into it, but it turned out to be really well done. I learned a lot about the conflict from it, and I look forward to playing the game! Highly recommended!
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