News of the World: A Novel
News of the World by Paulette Jiles is an absolute must read for all. Here is a realistic historical tale that will tug and pull at readers’ hearts. A journey that is nothing but beautiful and breathtaking. An old war veteran is now jobbed with taking a small girl back to her family that still lives but it’s not a fun travel. The girl had her parents and sister taken and killed from her when she was younger. Then, the Indians that killed her family took her into their culture. Now, at age ten she only knows the Indian way of life. It’s sad. The young girl grows up thinking the Indians are her only family and doesn’t know any English at all. It tore at me to see her taken from her original family and then she feels she’s taken from the family she remembers, the Indians. As the veteran continues to take the little savage girl to her family, things get harder for them both.
Paulette Jiles brings readers a story unlike any other. It’s deep, meaningful, and an unforgettable tale that will stay with readers for a long time to come. A young girl’s journey to survive and an older man who wants to do right by her. Soon both of their fates are brought together and this is where readers will be awed. Johanna has suffered a lot of pain, neglect, and abuse and now, with the Captain, she can re-enter society. Johanna can experience a family of love and care with the Captain. He ends up loving the blue eyed blonde girl who had it hard in life. All he wants is for her to be happy and safe. Maybe, they can find a peacefulness within each other’s company as they days turn into years. News of the World shows us how cruel and devastating our world can be. An orphaned girl needs a home, security, and love. Most of all patience. Yet no one but the old Captain has given this to her. This was the first novel, I have read by this talented author. I highly recommend News of the World to readers everywhere.