Read µ The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter ☆ I remembered enjoying this book when i read it about fifteen years ago I stuck in on my list of have reads and gave it high marks Then I read a little bit about this author I just am flummoxed, though I shouldn t be the levels to which people will stoop Well, you can t deny he was a decent teller of tales, or lies, as Mark Twain might have said A klansman who formed his own chapter, took part in lynchings, was a political writer who wrote George Wallace s infamous line, segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever this was an evil man who hated the very people to whom this book might have some appeal I feel somewhat dirty for having enjoyed it, though somewhat hypocritical for not liking it now Shouldn t art stand on its own Should I not enjoy Wagner because he was an anti Semite Great googley moogley I m gonna have to go with erring on the side of my conscience on this one and recant my rating He misrepresented the story as a true autobiography though that, in itself, isn t enough art is largely artifice , and he is not Wagner This was just a good story, or at least an appealing one, that was made larger by the belief that it was real, and to discover exactly how unreal it was destroys the illusion And in art, the illusion is everything.
This is one of my favorite books of all time It s so much than how you would describe it, so much than words like story about a boy and his grandparents living in the South describe The words have such power They are so vivid they recreate a world, a picture of a different time and place that is gone from us now Because of their power, I can so perfectly imagine those hills, that place, and those people in my mind Every time I read this book, I feel as I am there with them, living their life I remember very clearly exactly where and when I was as I finished this book It was on a train from Tokyo to Kyoto That moment, how I felt, my actions at the time are now a part of me.
I hope everyone loves this book as much as I do.
The Education of Little Tree Tells Of A Boy Orphaned Very Young, Who Is Adopted By His Cherokee Grandmother And Half Cherokee Grandfather In The Appalachian Mountains Of Tennessee During The Great Depression Little Tree As His Grandparents Call Him Is Shown How To Hunt And Survive In The Mountains, To Respect Nature In The Cherokee Way, Taking Only What Is Needed, Leaving The Rest For Nature To Run Its Course Little Tree Also Learns The Often Callous Ways Of White Businessmen And Tax Collectors, And How Granpa, In Hilarious Vignettes, Scares Them Away From His Illegal Attempts To Enter The Cash Economy Granma Teaches Little Tree The Joys Of Reading And Education But When Little Tree Is Taken Away By Whites For Schooling, We Learn Of The Cruelty Meted Out To Indian Children In An Attempt To Assimilate Them And Of Little Tree S Perception Of The Anglo World And How It Differs From The Cherokee Way A Classic Of Its Era, And An Enduring Book For All Ages, The Education of Little Tree Has Now Been Redesigned For This Twenty Fifth Anniversary Edition Note there is a lot of controversy and here say about the author of this book Forget about it and enjoy this book with an innocent mind The Education of Little Tree follows a young boy as he follows his Grandpa, learning and loving as he goes From plowing to whiskey making, it divinely illustrates the power of self Regardless of external influences, industry, growth, abundance, and love can be grown and cultivated This book was so deep and enriching on so many levels It made me look at my own life and what aspects of it were in harmony or out of harmony Little Tree and his Grandparents lived with the land, not in spite of it like I feel a lot of our population is doing now It motivated me to plant a good garden, enjoy nature , love One aspect of the book that I really looked deeply at was the small side story of the sharecroppers They were always going from place to place without ever enough money, food, clothing, etc They depended heavily on others for their lifestyle Little Tree and his family lived with the land and met their own needs accordingly, therefore thriving and not left wanting They lived simply, within their means, and appreciated much So which of my needs am I meeting through my own means Naturally, I m not going to move to a cabin in the woods with no electricity or plumbing But am I relying too heavily on someone else for my food My retirement My happiness Through my tears upon finishing The Education of Little Tree, I felt gratitude in knowing that true happiness does not come in the form of big houses and fancy cars I m working, striving to become self reliant, and enjoying the tender moments I have with my sweet family I plan on making this a regular read.
bir ocu un ok i ten ve saf d nyas K k A a n hikayesi kesinlikle okunmal Od onih sam osoba koje ele znati to manje o knjizi prije nego ju po nu itati Ili ne znati ba ni ta, a dobiti ju kao zadatak za book klub ili jer se nekome jako svidjela ili jer je nekome bila totalna koma Na taj na in nemam o ekivanja koja su me ina e uvijek dovela do toga da ne to zami ljam kako bi trebalo biti i onda se razo aram Tako je i s ovim naslovom Malo Drvo mi stoji na popisu za itanje dvije godine i nikako da do e na red No evo je pri a o malom indijancu je bilo sve to sam o njoj znala i to god da sam kasnije doznala, nije naru ilo moj do ivljaj pro itanog Uronila sam u svijet jednostavnosti, logi nosti, sre e, zadovoljstva, ljubavi, po tovanja, rada i marljivosti, strpljenja, zahvalnosti i u ivala u cijelom tom putu Pri a je toliko topla i lijepa Jednostavno je pisana iz pogleda glavnog lika dje aka od 5 6 godina koji u i o ivotu od svoje bake i djeda Cherokee indijanaca Su ivot ljudi, prirode i ivotinja je ono to smo svi zaboravili i jako je lijepo prisjetiti se kako je to onda bilo Taj mir u du i i stalo enost je odlika takvog ivota za koji sam povjerovala da je pisan po istinitim doga ajima to je nakon izdavanja i bilo to no Onda se pokazalo da je pisac bio ne to skroz drugo od onoga za to se predstavljao, da nije imao veze s indijancima, ak da je bio i u KKK klanu, rasista i pobornik sagregacije.
Sa suzama u o ima na kraju knjige, sve te informacije mi nisu naru ile pri u o Malom Drvu Tko god da je napisao knjigu, bila ona istinita ili izmi ljena, bio ovjek od prirode ili ne, divno je napisana to je na kraju istina to se ti e ivota pisca , ne zna se to no, a i za dojam o pro itanom, mi ljenja sam da nije ni bitno Nekima ova informacija o piscu jako smeta kod do ivljaja knjige, te su nakon prvotnog odu evljenja promijenili mi ljenje i bili jako razo arani Isplati se provjeriti kako emo reagirati, po to knjiga oboga uje bez obzira na sve.
Nisam znala da je po knjizi snimljen i film Dje ak po imenu Malo Drvo The Education of Little Tree 1997 , ali u ga prvom prilikom pogledati jer pri a to zaslu uje Ako ti se Coon Jack ini mrzovoljnim zna , on se vi e nema za to boriti A nikad nije nau io ni ta drugo osim boriti se Djed je ispri ao kako je tada bio jako blizu tome da se raspla e zbog Coon Jacka Rekao je da je nakon toga Coon Jack mogao re i ili u initi to god je htio, on ga je volio, jer ga je razumio Kad nai e na ne to to je dobro, rekla je baka Malom Drvetu, prvo to treba napraviti je potra iti nekoga s kim to mo e podijeliti na taj se na in dobro iri do najudaljenijih kutaka svijeta to je dobro I imala je pravo.
embarrassing after caty informed me, i googled the author and learned that the original edition was published as an autobiography, though carter is not of native american heritage, was a leader in the klu klux klan, and active as a segregtionist wow, huh if you ever want a defintion of appropriation and cultural theft, here s an exemplary one my tattered copy was dubbed as an autobiography.
I got out of college without reading a heck of a lot of classic literature, American or otherwise Now I m trying to make up for lost time I picked up The Education of Little Tree because there happened to be a copy here at my sister s house I vaguely remembered there being some controversy la Rigoberta Mench or Nick Frey The reissue I have from 1999 has AMERICAN INDIANS FICTION on the back cover, but the introduction calls it Forrest Carter s autobiographical remembrances of life with his Eastern Cherokee Hill country grandparents I decided to just go ahead and read the book, then google it later.
Pre google review Touching checkSage checkWell written checkThe characters were quite endearing and an interesting story unfolds before the backdrop of the Great Depression.
Post google review You poser This article in salon.
com, entitled The Education of Little Fraud slams Forrest Carter actually Asa Carter , pointing out that he was a founder of the Ku Klux Klan s a detail that s hard to overlook Then there s the fact that actual Cherokee Indians have said the book is inaccurate and tends toward the Noble Savage take on things.
Honestly, where does that leave us I guess I m just going to have to call a spade a spade, or, in this case, call fiction fiction and just leave it at that It s still a good read, taken with a grain of salt I guess I won t base my entire understanding of the Cherokee way of life on this single 216 page novel Nor my knowledge of Mayan cosmology on Mel Gibson s Apocalypto Now that s a lesson to take home.



Within the first three pages I fell in love with our four year old narrator, whose grandfather called Little Tree His relationships with his grandparents reminded me so much of mine, it was hard not to identify with that even though his Cherokee culture was of course different Still, the love, the knowledge, the ways shown to live were in many ways, different but the same So Little Tree learns from his grandparents the way of the Indian and how to navigate the world of the white man Loved watching him learn, change and grow Of course there is sadness, the white world trying to encroach on the Indian ways, but also he knows he is loved.
I knew nothing about this author when I read this book Only after reading and reading other reviews did I learn about this author s shaded and terrible past So does one judge this book by its author I usually think that learning about an author often adds nuances to their books, that are usually passed over Since an author puts his heart and soul into their stories, there is always something there identifiably the authors own, whether opinions, or memories So Can people change Going by this book I can t believe the same man who wrote this book was the same man as that of his earlier years So I was conflicted and decided to judge this book on its own merits rather than judging the authors life Others may not feel so but that is up to them I enjoyed this book, enjoyed the story so that is how I will rate it.
The Education of Little Tree Which is Right The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter was chosen as the Pre 1980 Group read by members of On the Southern Literary Trail for June, 2016 Special thanks to Trail Member Tina for nominating this work.
The Education of Little Tree, First Edition, Delacorte Press, New York, New York, 1976 Forrest Carter, 1975 This is my third read of this book It means much to me For it speaks of the love shared by a young boy and his grandparents Orphaned at five, Little Tree, a Cherokee Indian, is taken into the home of Granma and Granpa.
My Mother married young On a dare, no less Crossing the Mississippi state line where it was possible to marry at a younger age without parental consent My father decided he was much too young to be one, though I guess he enjoyed making me When he abandoned my mother and me I was a week old We were taken in by my mother s parents.
I was raised in my Grandparents home My Mother completed her growing up in that home Although I came to excel academically throughout my years in school, without doubt, my most valuable education did not come from text books but my Grandparents, especially my Grandfather, who was always Papa to me.
I recognize much of this book as the truth It is a beautiful and wondrous truth I share much in common with Little Tree The lessons he was taught by his Grandparents are tenets for a full and complete life Living in harmony with the environment Take only what you need To take is only greed Tolerance for those different than us Living simply, recognizing the difference between needs and wants Accepting your self worth, though you may be looked down upon by others who consider themselves higher than you by their perception of social stature, the value of the roots of the history of your people or family The acceptance of the passing of all things This is the nature of life Embrace these truths and live fully, or live in anxiety and stuggle in futility Live in despair and desparation I was taught these same truths.
When this little book was first published, it attracted little attention, little acclaim, no fanfare It was not until the University of New Mexico issued a paperback edition of the book in 1980 that The Education of Little Tree became a publishing phenomenon The book was introduced by a Cherokee Native American whose ancestors had been moved from their homes during the infamous Trail of Tears Forrest Carter had written the book as his autobiographical memoir He billed himself as a Storyteller to the Cherokee Nation It is frequently on the reading curriculum of many high schools Copies have sold in the millions.
Who is Forrest Carter In 1975 a darkly tanned man with a mustache walked into an Abilene, Texas, bookstore owned by Chuck and Betty Weeth He introduced himself as Forrest Carter He had written his first book, Gone to Texas under the name Benjamin Franklin Carter That book was reprinted under the title The Outlaw Josey Wales under the name Forrest Carter Clint Eastwood bought the film rights Carter was doing well He became an Abilene, Texas, fixture and was a regular dinner guest at the Shipps It was there Carter began telling his story of being raised as a Cherokee orphan by his grandparents in Tennessee and he was writing his biography.
But Forrest Carter had a past He wasn t a Cherokee He wasn t from Tennessee He was Asa Carter, born in 1925 in Anniston, Alabama During the 1950s he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and founder of a white supremacy group He formed a splinter group of the KKK which was responsible for an attack on Nat King Cole at a concert in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1956 Carter worked at Birmingham radio station WILD where he broadcast right wing programs supporting anti semitism and blatant segregation Asa Carter, Speech Writer Carter became a speech writer for Governor George Wallace in the 1960s, penning the vitriolic first Inauguration Speech containing the infamous line, Segregation now, segregation forever Carter continued to work through the administration of Governor Lurleen Wallace, who ran in her husband s stead when he could not run for a successive third term.
However, Carter and George Wallace had a parting of the ways When Wallace ran for a third term as Governor in 1970 and was elected again, Wallace pushed Carter to the side Wallace had toned down his segregationist rhetoric He saw Carter as an extremist Wallace had no use for him On the day of Wallace s third Inauguration, Alabama journalist and author Wayne Greenhaw found Carter behind the State Capital crying Carter told Greenhaw Wallace had sold out Alabama to the liberals It was the last time Greenhaw ever saw Carter in person.
But Greenhaw did see a televised interview between a man who called himself Forrest Carter and Barbara Walters on The Today Show in 1976 talking about his Autobiography, The Education of Little Tree Greenhaw recognized the voice and began asking questions of Asa Carter s old associates.
Greenhaw got a phone call from Carter You wouldn t want to hurt old Forrest, would you Greenhaw retorted it was all a lie And he would prove it Carter hung up And disappeared once.
Forrest Carter was Asa Carter He died June 7, 1979, of heart failure in Abilene, Texas He was at work on The Wonderings of Little Tree which was unfinished He is buried in Anniston, Alabama.
Should This Book Be read This book has been subject to much criticism, most of it based on the personal and political life of Asa Carter Is this the proper basis for judging a work of literature I say it is not Whatever Asa Carter s actual political beliefs were at one time does not mean he still possessed those beliefs at the time he wrote The Education of Little Tree His relationship with the Shipps in Abilene, Texas, indicate a completely different person than the man who worked for George Wallace.
His editor at Delacorte Press, Eleanor Friede, and her husband were Jewish He was a frequent guest in their home Carter never uttered a word of intolerance in their presence The Education of Little Tree is a work about love and tolerance The racists in this book are wealthy whites, bureaucrats, politicians, and intolerant preachers Perhaps Carter portrayed that so well because he knew what it was to hate.
Native Americans and blacks are respectfully and sympathetically portrayed For Asa Carter s previous anti semitic assertions in earlier years, the kindest person in this work aside from Little Tree s Grandparents, is Mr Wine A Jew.
To refuse to read this book because of Asa Carter s previous political life is a form of censorship I do not believe in censorship in any form Nor the banning of books There is far too much of that as it is.
Do not think I write an apologia for Asa Carter I detest what he once stood for However, I am ever mindful of the resilience of human beings and their ability to change Hatred is a heavy burden to bear If not exorcised it will destroy the one who carries it Perhaps Carter wrote this as his penance.
I believe in the possibility of redemption As Little Tree would say, Which is right EXTRASAct One Seeing the Forrest Through the Little Trees A Transcript from This American Life concerning Forrest Asa Carter and The Education of Little Tree