Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The White

The White by Deborah Larsen
Historical Fiction

This is an interesting story of a young girl who is captured by the Shawnees during an Indian raid. I found Mary to be devoid of much emotion. Mary seems to have been so traumatized by her experience that she at first doesn't speak or laugh and then just seems to go through the motions. She blames her father for his inaction at the time of the raid but suffers the same inaction several times during the book. Although the descriptions of Indian life and Mary's assimilation into it is fascinating, I found some of it hard to believe. I do not think the Indians would be worried about the slave girl's emotions. Also it is hard to believe that the whites would just leave Mary alone after they found out about her. Larsen does portray the Indians as a caring spiritual community.



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