The Color of Lightning #2020

The Color of Lightning By Paulette Jiles The Color of Lightning Meticulously researched and beautifully crafted This is glorious work Washington Post A gripping deeply relevant book New York Times Book Review From Paulette Jiles author of the critically acclaime
  • Title: The Color of Lightning
  • Author: Paulette Jiles
  • ISBN: 9780061690440
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Color of Lightning By Paulette Jiles
    The Color of Lightning By Paulette Jiles Meticulously researched and beautifully crafted This is glorious work Washington Post A gripping, deeply relevant book New York Times Book Review From Paulette Jiles, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Enemy Women and Stormy Weather, comes a stirring work of fiction set on the untamed Texas frontier in the aftermath of the Civil War Meticulously researched and beautifully crafted This is glorious work Washington Post A gripping, deeply relevant book New York Times Book Review From Paulette Jiles, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Enemy Women and Stormy Weather, comes a stirring work of fiction set on the untamed Texas frontier in the aftermath of the Civil War One of only twelve books longlisted for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize one of Canada s most prestigious literary awards The Color of Lightning is a beautifully rendered and unforgettable re examination of one of the darkest periods in U.S history.
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    • Paulette Jiles

      Paulette Jiles is an American poet and novelist Born in Salem, Missouri, she was educated at the University of Missouri with a degree in Romance Lanugages Jiles lives in the Texas Hill Country on a small ranch.

    330 thoughts on “The Color of Lightning

    • 4 Seven years before the wonderful News of the World was published there was this one The setting once again is late 1800s Texas and Captain Kidd makes an early appearance reading his newspapers, reporting the passing of the Fifteenth Amendment allowing the vote to all men regardless of race or color In his audience is former Kentucky slave Britt Johnson In her ending notes the author says that though this is fiction its backbone Britt s story is true and what a great story it is to one like me [...]


    • This book is by turns vivid, beautiful, violent, and brutal It is not a quick read and it s not for the faint of heart Just as in News of the World, Paulette Jiles has her very own unique style and while it might not work for everyone, it resounds with me She doesn t just paint a picture, she uses words to create a new dimension, an atmosphere, a whole world I feel like some of her passages could be considered poetry, in some sense.One early morning there was a heavy fog They broke camp in a str [...]


    • I don t often go back and reread a sentence just because it is so beautiful, but I found myself doing just that while reading THE COLOR OF LIGHTNING The author is a poet as well as a memoirist and novelist, and it shows Let me set up this sentence for you It is December of 1870 in North Texas A man is standing in dense fog, trying to be totally silent, because he knows that a Kiowa or Comanche is nearby, as he heard the voice singing and chanting a song of grief The man may not be able to see an [...]


    • I read News of the World, also by Paulette Jiles, earlier this year The historical period and themes are similar, but the focus is on two characters This novel is much wider in scope, with storylines The violence was quite a bit explicit, and if this hadn t been for a postal book swap, I may have quit after the first chapter Phew To me, the most interesting story was that of Samuel, the Quaker being sent to the lawless front where the Comanche are killing and kidnapping while the settlers att [...]


    • Eloquent, illuminating tale about frontier life in Northern Texas between 1864 1871 Based on a true story, this novel is also graphic and bloody take note not for the queasy in its descriptions of the capture and dispatching of frontierspeople by Kiowa and Comanche One of the things I loved about the story was its realism The violence was completely necessary, in my opinion, to fully understanding the story and the relationships of the characters The author was fully adept in describing the prob [...]


    • I haven t read a historical fiction book that I loved so much in a long time This one is set in North Texas right in my back yard It is the fictionalized version of, Britt Johnson, a freed slave s life immediately following the Civil War His wife and children were kidnapped by Kiowa Indians and he rescued them single handedly There are many points of view represented in the novel including a Quaker Indian agent very loosely based on Laurie Tatum, and the Comanches and Kiowas who were fighting fo [...]


    • Do you know why the rainbow is infinite in its scope of color Because all colors are contained within white light the stuff the prism of a raindrop separates the stuff that lightning is made of the stuff this American story is made of Awesome read And, I know that my attention was captivated because Jiles stuck to authentic American History terrifying, bloody, and tribal from every racial point of view Indian African Mexican Canadian French Spanish English Asian German Irish Italian And all the [...]


    • it took me three months to get through this novel because i had to put it down several times, and i couldn t have done otherwise paulette jiles is a poet and her writing is poetry but it s also incredible historical fiction and you read it and you wonder how she does it she uses parataxis a lot too which is why i just wrote the paratactical sentence that precedes this hypotactical one you can find out what this book is about in the synopsis in the epilogue we are told the story is grounded in r [...]


    • I loved News of the World but I haven t been able to get through any of the author s other books This book had too much detailed violence for me.


    • Reason for Reading I love historical fiction that takes place in the late 1800 s Wild West The Black man Indian perspective was also intriguing.This is the story of Britt Johnson, a true life black man, and the story of his life just after the Civil War Britt was a freedman with a wife and 3 three children Not much is known of him in hard facts, though his story has lived on in oral tradition throughout the ages When he was off with the other men of his homestead area getting supplies in town, t [...]


    • When doing research for another book, Jiles came across Britt Johnson, a freed slave who settled with his wife and children in southern Oklahoma in the 1860s In this book, Jiles imagines a life for this man about whom history has kept little record Although Johnson inspired this novel, his story is only one of many threads that Jiles tries to follow This is historical fiction about the clash of cultures between the native peoples of the southern Great Plains and the American settlers who arrived [...]


    • One of my favorite books of 2016 was News of the World, so good it will perhaps be one of my favorite books of all time In it we meet Captain Kidd, elderly civil war veteran who roams north Texas in 1870 reading newspapers from far and wide to settlers hungry for news On one of his trips, he is asked to return a captive girl to her people hundreds of miles away, hired by freighter Britt Johnson.Real life Britton Johnson, born a slave in Tennessee, moved with his wife and children and slave owner [...]


    • Britt Jonhson is a former slave Having been granted his freedom, his wife Mary, their three children and himself move to Texas so he can establish his freight business On a day that Britt is away, their settlement is attacked by a band of Kiowa and Comanche Whomever was not slained, was captured and among that group is Mary and her children Thus Britt becomes determined to find and rescue his family.This is my second novel by Paulette Jiles Having previously read News of the World this year, I w [...]


    • This is a great story of that transitional time in the American west, just after the civil war The clash between a black freedman, the raiding tribes of Comanche and Kiowa and a Quaker Indian Agent seem to capture the monumental forces changing the country The civil war was over, but black men were still less than citizens Small pox had done its damage among the Indians, with long reaching consequences, and the Comanche and Kiowa could not see themselves becoming farmers The buffalo still roamed [...]


    • All he had was the story of his life In 1863, the American Civil War is still being fought and, in the way of all wars, provides opportunities for some as well as destruction for many Ms Jiles has written this novel around the life of Britt Johnson, a former Kentucky slave.Britt Johnson, with his wife Mary and their three children, have moved to the Texas plains in search of their dreams A brutal Indian attack results in the death of Britt s eldest son and the capture of his wife and other child [...]


    • Okay I am a big fan of Paulette Jiles she writes really good historical fiction with a poetic flourish I have loved all three of her novels, and while Stormy Weather is my favorite, I really loved this one too it was a page turner It s the imagined fictionalized story of Britt Johnson an ex slave who appears in north Texas histories because he rescued his captive family from Comanche and Kiowa tribes Not much is known about him, so Jiles states on her acknowledgment page that she wanted to write [...]


    • A novel centering on interactions between Native Americans and Eastern settlers along the Red River in the mid nineteenth century I took a special interest in this, being somewhat familiar with some of the locations mentioned in the book Based on actual historical figures, this book is beautifully written very poetic in its description.The main themes center on clashes of cultures and beliefs whites and former slaves, Comanche Kiowa and settlers, Quakers and the military The most eloquently expr [...]


    • In 1863, a freed black man settles with his wife and three children on the plains of North Texas, only to have their dream turn into a nightmare While Britt Johnson was away getting supplies, a violent Indian attack leaves Johnson s oldest son dead and wife and remaining children enslaved by their attackers Johnson vows to get them back and to avenge their tragedy.What makes this work of historical fiction so wonderful is that Britt Johnson was not a fictional character Author Paulette Jiles cam [...]



    • I didn t realize as I read this book that it is a fictionalized account of the true story of a freed slave living in North Texas just after the Civil War, but once I knew that I understood better both what I liked and didn t like about it What I liked was the portrayal of yet another attempt by the US government to come to terms with the warlike Indian tribes who lived in Indian territory where the army and state lawmen were forbidden to travel into So of course the tribes would raid the settler [...]


    • Spectacular and unexpected historical novel People leaving the south to escape the violence of the Civil War and to free their slaves settle in contested Comanche and Kiowa country The story of Britt Johnson, a freed slave who rescues his family from Kiowa captivity Complex and compelling Based on an historical figure


    • Glad I read the incredible News of the World first, I think it made me appreciate this even One of the opening characters in News, who sets off the action and subsequent story of that book, is center stage here A freed slave operating as a freight hauler in Texas in the years after the Civil War, Britt Johnson plots to rescue his stolen wife and children from the Kiowa and the Comanche tribes This is not a subject I would have sought out, but now, because of Jiles incredible writing, I m all in [...]


    • If you are a New Englander, you can t appreciate the panoramic beauty of the western plains, overshadowing mountains and vast visual omnipresence of beauty of anyplace else unless you have been there In The Color of Lightning, Paulette Jiles told this story as if she was recapturing the travels of Lewis and Clark With a palette of colorful prose, a prism of grandness is picturesquely painted This period of history presents hope and despair, promise and disappointment, good times and bad As Ameri [...]


    • This is a well written fictional imagining of the life of Brett Johnson, a freed slave who settled in north Texas toward the end of the Civil War Jiles writes with a wonderful poetic hand She keeps the story moving She lays the historical foundation without becoming pendantic She leaves the reader with much to ponder about race, colonialism, religion and war For those interested in this history, I would highly recommend Empire of the Summer Moon Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanch [...]


    • THIS BOOK SHOULD COME WITH A HUGE TRIGGER WARNING Truth to tell, I didn t make it very far into this book Much as I adore Ms Jiles work, I felt shocked and dismayed at how little prepared I was for the sickening violence that began only a few pages into the story If I had wanted to read an accurate portrayal of the horrors faced by some early settlers, I would have picked up a clearly marked non fiction historical narrative That the story wheels so suddenly from the interpersonal struggles of th [...]


    • I didn t love Enemy Women like most everyone else did, and I feel the same towards this novel There s just something about Jiles style of writing I just seem to not care for The subject and time are fascinating and I enjoyed learning about the amazing story of Britt Johnson I really liked the first half of the book, but I thought it was slow and disjointed after he rescues his family I thought Samuel and his story line were never fully developed and therefore I thought it slowed the story down I [...]


    • It was an amazing mixture of people who lived in the plains of northern Texas right after the Civil War free Blacks, soldiers, Native Americans trying to deal with disappearing land buffalo, white settlers I say amazing since the story was told w no good guys or bad guys


    • The plot is simple and in the Western tradition of a search Britt Johnson is a strong and quietly determined ex slave whose wife, children, and some neighbors are kidnapped by Indians He is brave, relentless, and resourceful in tracking them down and seeking their release The supporting characters along the way, of all races and occupations, are interesting and sufficiently rich in their particularities Jiles clearly knows the territory and its ambience from the inside out, and nonetheless has n [...]


    • I just could not read this entire book I m sure it is historically accurate, and I am well aware that the history of our country is full of violence and hostility between white and black settlers and native Americans But the degree of graphic, explicit, brutal murder and rape is too much for me I don t care for the writing style, either it s turgid and indirect, with a lot of plodding details in small side points like the way the butler turns around, or the glistening mint jelly on the lamb.I di [...]


    • I read News of the World first Both books explore life in Texas in post civil war, and relationship with Kiowa and Comanche Interesting to see how white captives had such a hard time adjusting to white society after being rescued.


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