The Color Of Lightning
In 1863, as the War Between the States creeps inevitably toward its bloody conclusion, former Kentucky slave Britt Johnson ventures west into unknown territory with his wife, Mary, and their three children, searching for a life and a future. But their dreams are abruptly shattered by a brutal Indian raid upon the Johnsons' settlement while Britt is away establishing a...more
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 ...more
Yes, a glorious work. Well written historical fiction can teach me more than years in a classroom, because it gives me people with personalities, names, faces, motives; it leads me step by step into dangerous but lovely landscapes, it shows me why certain things happened as they did, and in this book it explains so much about the ...more
Fair warning, this book starts on a pretty violent note with an Indian raid against a settlement in Texas. And it doesn’t lighten up. It’s dark and depressing.
There are multiple story lines here, all taking place at the same time, the end of the Civil War through 1871. The first belongs to Britt Johnson, a freedman who loses his family to the raid. The second belongs to Samuel Hammond, a Quaker tasked with overseeing the Friend’s Indian Affairs for the Comanche, the Kiowa ...more
One early morning there was a heavy fog. They broke camp in ...more
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 ...more
Real-life Britton Johnson, born a slave in Tennessee, moved with his wife and children and ...more
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 ...more
This is my second novel by Paulette Jiles. Having previously read News of the World this ...more
The main themes center on clashes of cultures and beliefs -- whites and former slaves, Comanche/Kiowa and settlers, Quakers and the military. The most ...more
“Beautiful” and “dangerous” are major themes in this book, which tells the story of culture clashes in north Texas during and after the U.S. Civil War. We see much of the narrative through the eyes of Britt, a black settler who traveled from ...more
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 ...more
For those interested in this history, I would highly recommend Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the ...more
What makes this work of historical fiction so wonderful is that Britt Johnson was not a fictional character. Author Paulette Jiles ...more
This is a much more difficult book to read than News of the World. Britt Johnson, a freedman, moves from Kentucky to North Texas with his wife and children near the end of the Civil War. There are constant wars with the indigenous people of the area, and many people are kidnapped. The history is difficult to read. Jiles language is beautiful, and she does not provide easy answers.
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