Rob Smith's Reviews > Seminole: A Novel of Osceola

Seminole by Theodore Pratt
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Aug 12, 2017

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bookshelves: florida-books, read-2017
Read 2 times. Last read August 11, 2017 to August 12, 2017.

Pratt assembles this tale of Osceola based upon much that has been recorded. He gets a lot of the non-fiction right, but his fictional parts don't pull it all together well.

The historical accuracy of much of the book is very accurate. From the killing of Wiley Thompson to his wife Morning Dew to the Green Corn Dance. To create his book, Pratt ads Gideon Sauny to intertwine in Osceola's life to tell Osceola's story. However, Pratt stumbles involving dialogue of Osceola and Gideon. Painting Osceola as such a stoic creature and then throwing that all away to fit Gideon doesn't ring true. Or I could write Pratt's writings sound like that of a white man. The entry of Gideon into the Green Corn Dance, despite the story, is unbelievable. Then there's a whole thing of Prat trying to wrap up the book and this sends Gideon on a ridiculous trip and another unlikely conclusion.

The writing is not as good as other Pratt books. The writing is also far below similar work by Frank Slaughter.

The settings are very well written. Pratt does an excellent job letting readers know where they are in Florida. This is a tremendous help in orienting other activity in the book.

Bottom line: I don't recommend the book. 5 out of ten points.

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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
August 11, 2017 – Started Reading
August 11, 2017 – Shelved
August 12, 2017 – Shelved as: florida-books
August 12, 2017 – Shelved as: read-2017
August 12, 2017 – Finished Reading

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