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News of the World

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  98,318 ratings  ·  13,337 reviews
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson K

Hardcover, 209 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by William Morrow
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Sophie In an interview with the Sacramento Bee, the author was asked about the lack of quotation marks. Her response was, "Using quote marks is like surround…moreIn an interview with the Sacramento Bee, the author was asked about the lack of quotation marks. Her response was, "Using quote marks is like surrounding human speech with barbed wire. I figured if I was careful enough about how I placed sentences, readers would be able to do without quote marks and I would be freed up. It’s an aesthetic thing, I guess, but I like the effect."

Just my opinion, but I found it terribly distracting. I think it had the opposite effect of what she intended.(less)
Victoria I could see this being pretty disturbing to a child -- taken from parents who are killed in the process, indication of others wanting to purchase her …moreI could see this being pretty disturbing to a child -- taken from parents who are killed in the process, indication of others wanting to purchase her as a sex slave, physical and emotional abuse by aunt and uncle, separation from the kind grandfather figure who is risking his life to do what is right, reference to scalping, and more. It may depend on how imaginative the child in question is, but I would definitely say this is an adult book. (For what it's worth, my work is in mental health and have worked with children, trauma, etc.)(less)

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Angela M (On a little break)
I don't know why I didn't give this 5 stars to begin with but I have now . Every once in a while a character comes along that leaves that indelible mark on my heart that will make me think about them for a long time and think that if this were a real person, I'd want them in my life. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Kep-den) is one of those characters as is Johanna (Chohenna). It's 1870 in Texas and after his service in the wars, he's a News a Reader going from town to town reading the news of the d ...more
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Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is 1870. Reconstruction era Texas is governed by a combination of outlaws and bandits and bordered on by Native Americans. Enter Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd. A veteran of three wars, he uses both his position as a war hero and Texas' isolation from the rest of the country to travel around the state giving readings of the News of the World. Such commences Paulette Jiles short yet poignant novel.

While giving one of his readings in Witchita Falls, Kidd encounters Britt Johnson, a freed slave. J
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Try not to mourn the demise of Penelope and Amelia. "Iss the song and the sigh of the willy" and laff-ter is so good for the soul.

Weather you measure time with a gold watch or the click, click, click sound of a broken wheel...
Spend as much time as possible with someone that you love, someone that you trust, someone that you can trust with your love.
And that's what Captain Kidd and Johanna the savage have done. If we are lucky, it all comes quickly between those people so deserving of it.

May i
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Magnificent. I was rendered speechless upon finishing. Needed time to dry my tears and gather my thoughts.

What an adventure this was to read.
Captain Kidd is a seasoned man who reads the world news to towns and village folk in 1870. An ambitious illusion he has created in the hopes of bringing peace - at least for a few minutes - to the civil war torn Texans.
Now at the ripe age of 72, he has been given the daunting challenge of returning a 10 year old girl to her family after having been kidnappe
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, hoopla-libby
News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Author), Grover Gardner (narrator)

I've been along the route of this story (running, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking) and I could see the journey of Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd and Johanna as if I was there with them, on their 400 mile trek from Wichita Falls to San Antonio. The year is 1870 and Captain Kidd has been tasked with returning a white ten year old former captive of the Kiowa, to relatives. During her capture four years ago, Johanna's parents and
Elyse Walters
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The year is 1870. The Civil War has ended.
"News of the World" is a heartfelt story.
A young 10 year girl, Johanna, gets introduced to Captain Kidd, in Wichita Falls.
Their relationship together - and their journey together is genuinely beautiful!
The author, Paulette Jiles wrote this story with so much depth, and passion, it takes your breath away.
This story will restore your faith in historical fiction - should you ever have had any doubt about this genre.

Captain Kidd, an aging war veteran - o
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"He had the appearance of wisdom and age and authority, which was why his readings were popular and the reason the dimes rang into his coffee can. When they read his handbills men abandoned the saloon, they slipped out of various unnamed establishments, they ran through the rain from their firelit homes, they left the cattle circled and bedded beside the flooding Red to come and hear the news of the distant world."

Seasoned war veteran Captain Jefferson Kidd traverses post-Civil War north Texas
Diane S ☔
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book dang near broke my heart...... but in a good way and solely due to the authors expertise in creating two wonderful characters with a unique relationship. captain Kidd, travels Northern Texas as a news reader, in post Civil War, Texas. He is offered a tidy sum to deliver a young girl who was captured by the Kiowa Indians when she was six, the rest of her immediate family killed in the raid.. Now ten she is traded back and needs to be returned to her aunt and uncle, her only surviving re ...more
To comfort himself and slow down his mind he thought of his time as a courier, a runner, and Maria Luisa and his daughters. Maybe life is just carrying news. Surviving to carry the news. Maybe we have just one message, and it is delivered to us when we are born and we are never sure what it says; it may have nothing to do with us personally but it must be carried by hand through a life, all the way, and at the end handed over, sealed.

Beautiful, beautiful book! Tender and poetic, emotional. Grea
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I would never have read this book if it wasn't for one of my groups pick for a badge.

I thought it was really sweet.

The story of a man and a little girl. Bittersweet and brought a tear to my eye. A happy tear. Enough said.

Mel 💕
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very good book.

Paulette Jiles 2016 novel about a traveling news reader in 1870 who comes across a child needing to be brought home to her family in the semi-wilds of northern Texas was a gem. Good enough to garner a National Book Award nomination and five stars from this very stingy reviewer.

Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a septuagenarian veteran of three wars in the 1800s, is living out the last years of his life traveling from town to town reading from newspapers to dime paying audiences on th
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Firstly thank you to a number of Goodreads friends who recommended this beautiful book. I am so glad you did and so glad that I followed your recommendations and read it myself.

As far as I am concerned this book is as near perfect as you can get. I loved Johanna to bits, Captain Kidd too, as they travelled together through the wild west, dealing with all the many threats that came to bear on them. And then that ending - how can you get better than that!

The book is short but very, very sweet. The
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd was born in 1798 and over the decades of his life he experienced many wars. In the year 1870 when our story begins just the month before his 72nd birthday, he is in Wichita Falls, Texas, preparing to give one of his readings.

After losing his wife and his livelihood in the last of the wars he fought in, he made his living traveling from town to town bringing the news of the world to the townsfolk at evening gatherings by giving readings from several newspapers.

It was a
Iris P
News of the World

★★★★★ 5 Stars!


Once in a while readers of fiction can hope to experience this series of fortunate events:
A friend recommends a great book ➜ Your mindset happens to be ideal for said book ➜ You love the story = Literary bliss ensues!!
It is a little hard to admit that I almost allowed my preconceived notions get in the way of discovering this remarkable novel. Let's just say that News Of The Word, a novel marketed as a "wester
Larry H
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely 4.5 stars, maybe slightly more.

Yeah, I'm late to the party on this one.

I'm man enough to admit I didn't read this before now because I was misinformed. For some reason I mistakenly believed this book was another story which veered closely to True Grit —you know, cantankerous old man becomes the protector of a young-but-tough girl, and hijinks and friendships ensue. Having read the book, and seen both versions of the film, and also read a pretender or two, I really wasn't enamored o
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
News of the World by Paulette Jiles is a 2016 William Morrow publication.

News of the World is another book on a list of award nominees I’ve worked my way through in the last days of 2016.

This may be one of my favorites on that list, due to the historical details provided about my home state of Texas. I am familiar with every place on the map Captain Kidd visited or described in his journey across the state.

In 1870, during the reconstruction period of Texas, law and order was random and loose.
Julie G ("Doctor, my eyes!"  Offline for a week)
Reading Road Trip 2020

Current location: Texas

I am besotted. I am beside myself.

I am a blushing bride, and this book is a bouquet that I hold before me.

No, it is my betrothed.

To borrow from ABBA: I do, I do, I do, I do, I do
As a freelance editor, I read and review manuscripts and query letters of aspiring novelists hoping to find the key to the padlocked gate of publishing. Time and again, I try to steer their query letters away from eager focus on the urgent themes of their work and toward the story itself. Authors can get so caught up in the necessity of their own narratives, the takeaway—what they want the reader to learn and know about the world—forgetting that their only real task is to tell a good story. If t ...more
Susan's Reviews
This book is a lyrical treasure. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK!

The incredible story is told from the point of view of Captain Kidd: a "good, honourable man" and one of the last few true gentlemen left in a world destroyed by war (in this case, the Civil War).

Kidd has been entrusted with returning a young German girl, who had been captured and raised by raiding Kiowa Indians, to her remaining family. Kidd has daughters of his own. Perhaps this is how he knew to gain young Johanna's tr
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing

There is no corner newsstand to get the latest news in print for the people that Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is wont to visit, remote areas. He brings them the news, his selections varying on the mood of those he reads to. Ever careful to avoid riling up opposing political opinions in these circumstances, Kidd, in his early 70s, still is a presence that warrants attention. As the story begins, Kidd is in northern Texas, reading to those who attend and drop their dime in the bucket to hear the ne
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a dear story, told in a wild time in history in areas where no one seems to be 'in charge', and people live by whatever they decide is law. In this time, Captain Kidd shows that honour and honesty are still alive, and that the fate of a 10 year old girl is still important.

1870's Texas: a place where most anyone is armed and ready, when many still meet violent ends despite the end of the Civil War, and when a guy can make a living reading newspapers aloud. That's what widowed, roaming Cap
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an emotional journey this book took me on!  I am absolutely spent after reading this novel!

NEWS OF THE WORLD by PAULETTE JILES was a uniquely written historical fiction novel that takes you on a 400-mile long adventurous and sometimes dangerous journey across the state of Texas in 1870 after the American Civil War.

Reading this book via e-book THE COVER and TITLE did not come into play for me as it was chosen solely to be read on the recommendation of my sister, Brenda.  Although, I do find
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bonding Journey

A sweet tale, without author-processed additives, i.e., a truly touching tale, without the sentimentality I've seen some authors try to jam down our throats in recent books. The novel is accessibly written with prose just as forceful and colorful as the verbose Faulkner/McCarthy while being both more cinematic and more lyrical. It's somewhat reminiscent of Papa Hemingway with the moral complexities, but it's also about family and honor and commitment, in a lawless Texas of the 187
"There was no method by which he could explain anything to her but she did not need explanations. Often enough they had faced the howling, striving demons of the open plains: hunger, tornadoes, scarlet fever. She didn't need to be told anything except that there were enemies in pursuit and she had already figured that out."

A Texas reality in 1870 faces Captain Jefferson Kidd. The seventy year old war veteran gazes upon the aftermath of brother against brother. Reconstruction is a word best left
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
The Civil War is just ending and Captain Jefferson Kidd is traveling through Texas reading the newspapers to people. He won't read them local news because everyone gets riled up and the shooting might start. He tells the stories of what is going on in Europe and other countries.

He is offered a 50 dollar gold piece from someone he trusts to take a 10 year old orphaned girl to her relatives. She had been taken by the Kiowa when she was six years old..so she is a tad bit wild to everyone's eyes.
Cathrine ☯️
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My reception and rating may be biased as the subject matter in this one is close to my heart and I have read a fair share of non-fiction works in common as well. I was pleased to see in the end remarks the author’s endorsement of the very excellent book The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier.

Accept for the minor complaint that I am not a fan of absent quotation marks, this is as near to reading perfection as I can get. I loved how she wove these fictional char
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, such a wonderful man, loved him!! He had fought in two wars starting at the age of 16.
Now at 71 yrs old he is paid to bring 10 year old Johanna back to her relatives after her recovery from the Kiowa Indians who had captured her 4 years early and had killed her family. Johanna only knows the way of the Indians now and has lost the English language.
The Captain has a long and dangerous journey ahead, and while on this journey, he, a former printer, reads the n
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it

Having now watched The movie 🎥 on Netflix I can highly recommend as its beautifully done and Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel were both amazing

News of the World is an engaging and enthralling short novel. The characters are written with such compassion that they will take hold of you as you will take this journey with them through the harshness of the landscape and the dangerous situations they find themselves in until you finish the last page and part company with these two memorable characters.

Excellent historical fiction. A 2016 National Book Award nominee.
Setting-- Texas Territory just after the Civil War.

Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is a veteran of 2 wars, now he makes his living traveling the small towns of the North Texas Territory reading the news of the world from the nations leading newspapers. He charges a dime a head, and the people flock to hear anything about the world outside their small communities. But then he is given the task, for a 50 dollar gold piece, to deliver a
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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.

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