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Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
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Apr 09, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: strong-women, historical-fiction

The Caleb of the title of Geraldine Brook’s latest novel is the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College, a feat he accomplished in 1665. In a mind-boggling transformation he left behind life among his people, adopted the English style of clothes and cut hair, language, foods and manners, abandoned the training he was undergoing to become a spiritual and political leader of his tribe, and instead studied Latin, Greek and Hebrew amidst the earliest Colonial scholars. To be inside that mind as he “crosses” from one culture to another seems too great a leap, and indeed Brooks cleverly narrates the novel through another’s eyes—a young Colonial woman, Bethia Mayfield. In the creation of this narrative voice, Brooks has outdone herself, and given the brilliance of the narrative voices of March (which won a Pulitzer) and Year of Wonders, that is saying a great deal.
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message 1: by Ddelmoni (new)

Ddelmoni Didn't like Year of Wonder but loved People of the book! Interested to know what you think of Caleb's Crossing.

Judith Starkston I'm more than half way through and will post a review soon! So far I like it a great deal, but I have loved all of her books. Like Year this one is very much in another period with no modern link, so you may not enjoy it as much as you did People.

message 3: by Ddelmoni (new)

Ddelmoni Year was slow and boring at the time could have been me.

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