Britt Johnson, with his wife Mary and their three children, have moved to the Texas plains in search of their dreams. In one of them, Samuel, the by now disillusioned Quaker, goes looking for the mule team and the bales of calico that a band of young Comanches has seized from his agency. And though he slowly acquires more distinct contours, he remains slightly abstract. This novel is much wider in scope, with more storylines. Jiles writes with a wonderful poetic hand.
The civil war was over, but black men were still less than citizens. Biography Poet, memoirist, and novelist Paulette Jiles was born and raised in the Missouri Ozarks and moved to Canada in 1969 after graduating with a degree in Romance languages from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. A Quaker whose fortune is destroyed by a capricious act of an inscrutable God, he has resigned himself to the role the Deity has chosen for him. Although fiction, the novel features real individuals and events from Texas history. Let me set up this sentence for you. AllReaders is a user-sourced site, collecting reviews from the general public. The same lightning channel can appear blue, purple, red or orange depending on the type of film, length of exposure, and other factors.
I thought Samuel and his story line were never fully developed and therefore I thought it slowed the story I didn't love Enemy Women like most everyone else did, and I feel the same towards this novel. When the visible light from the sun is examined, the light peaks at … the frequency for yellow meaning the sun emits more yellow than all other colours. Why do you think this paper is noted in the book? I thought Samuel and his story line were never fully developed and therefore I thought it slowed the story down. What a complex and dangerous situation to send a man into, especially when the expectation is that he was only use his words and not violence to navigate the situation! His wife and children were kidnapped by Kiowa Indians and he rescued them single handedly. His story didn't feel like a crafted tale of the sort that would be in a novel. With a palette of colorful prose, a prism of grandness is picturesquely painted.
An exceptional view through a portal into history! Paulette Jiles is a stunning writer. Tragedy is not amenable to reason and we are fixers, aren't we? Dc why the different colors of speedster's 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. The color spectrum in this case start with infared which is red and the coolest up to ultraviolet which appears violet and is the hottest. Whomever was not slained, was captured and among that group is Mary and her children. Short Book Summaries Sites with a short overview, synopsis, book report, or summary of The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles.
I cannot recommend her other stories too. I will tell everyone I know to read it! Based on actual historical figures, this book is beautifully written -- very poetic in its description. Ms Jiles has written this novel around the life of Britt Johnson, a former Kentucky slave. Having been granted his freedom, his wife Mary, their three children and himself move to Texas so he can establish his freight business. There really was a Britt Johnson who went to west with his family, who were captured by the Indians.
Joining them are other free people of color. Objects with little resistance may include trees, buildings, wet humans, etc. The freed slave has his portions of the story, as he comes to meet with Indians who stole his family and bargains them back. It's the story of Britt and his family who move to Texas in 1864 seeking a home where they can live and be free, the Quaker Samuel Hammond who is assigned to be the Indian Agent in the area and whose ideals are shattered, and the plight of the Comanche and Kiowa people who refuse to be penned into a reservation. While Britt waits through the winter before he can set out to rescue his wife and children, Samuel Hammond, a Quaker man preaching nonviolence and an agrarian lifestyle gets sent to the region to be the new Indian Agent. Many wrestle with the morality of it all.
In this book, Jiles imagines a life for this man about whom history has kept little record. On one of his trips, he is asked to return a captive girl to her people hundreds of miles away, hired by freighter Britt Johnson. Killing, raping and taking captives. She's a meticulous researcher and a poet. For those interested in this history, I would highly recommend This is a well written fictional imagining of the life of Brett Johnson, a freed slave who settled in north Texas toward the end of the Civil War.
Lightning also can take on a range of colors, depending on conditions in the clouds and in the air. Red lightning within a cloud indicates the presence of rain. It may be exactly what some readers want, but not me, thanks. I'm leaving it behind in the hotel room and buying a happier book at the airport. This book is a very vivid look at a piece of history rarely spoken of. A soaring work of the imagination based on oral histories of the post-Civil War years in North Texas, Paulette Jiles's The Color of Lightning is at once an intimate look into the hearts and hopes of tragically flawed human beings and a courageous reexamination of a dark American history. She leaves the reader with much to ponder about race, colonialism, religion and war.
The historical period and themes are similar, but the focus is more on two characters. They broke camp in This book is by turns vivid, beautiful, violent, and brutal. One day while Johnson is away getting supplies and, sadly, after a nasty spat with his wife , his wife and two children are abducted by Kiowa-Comanche along with an older neighbor and her grandchildren. Not an easy read but one that is well executed. I wavered between a three and four star rating for a while but ultimately settled on four as the prose is beautifully written. The Color of Lightning offers no easy answers or safe conclusions about this dark era of American history. This period of history presents hope and despair, promise and disappointment, good times and bad.
I didn't love Enemy Women like most everyone else did, and I feel the same towards this novel. Unlike incandescence, luminescence may occur at low temperatures. That's what electricity looks like, right? The Color of Lightning was a spectacular achievement of storytelling quality. Johnson vows to get them back and to avenge their tragedy. This engaging story ably illustrates the consequences of trying to shift other people, en masse, to a different point of view, while telling the smaller story of a family trying to recover from the horror of an Indian raid. I just could not read this entire book -- I'm sure it is historically accurate, and I am well aware that the history of our country is full of violence and hostility between white and black settlers and native Americans. Jiles did a fantastic job and should be commended.