[ Read Online Thirteen Moons â programming PDF ] by Charles Frazier Ó Brilliantly Imagined, Written With Great Power And Beauty By A Master Of American Fiction, Thirteen Moons Is A Stunning Novel About A Man S Passion For A Woman, And How Loss, Longing And Love Can Shape A Man S Destiny Over The Many Moons Of A Life Unabridged CDs 4.
5 rounded up In Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier, I felt submerged into the natural environment his eloquent descriptions of wooded forests, mountain vistas, laurel thickets, and the animals that live therein evoke strong emotions, because for me it is familiar My growing up years were filled with hikes and picnics in the North Carolina woods That beautiful natural world exists still, although not in the fullness or lushness of the time period of this novel It is land where once the Native Americans lived and freely traveled By the 1830 s things had changed dramatically for American Indians Then President, Andrew Jackson, signed an Indian Removal policy which was to force all Indians to move west No Indians were to be allowed to stay east of the Mississippi What happens when an orphan white boy, bound to indentured service as a clerk at a trading post, is adopted by a Cherokee chief known as Bear Sold into service, at age twelve, by his aunt and uncle, Will Cooper makes an impossible journey on horseback, to the trading post where he will clerk With no family to speak of, Will is taken under Bear s wing, and folded into the arms of the mountains and the lifestyle of the Indian people who live there An intelligent boy with an aptitude for reading, he becomes infused with Native teachings and lore.
Frazier very skillfully layers his complex characters Bear has seen the hard struggle ahead for his people and does everything in his power to ensure their survival on the very land where they now live Will, thoroughly flawed, is brought into Bear s struggle the struggle to hold onto the land The Indians had never owned land before It had been free to all of them they used what they needed Now, everything has changed Historically, Frazier bases his story on the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians that evaded removal in the 1830 s Will s love interest, Claire, is also a complicated character, but her complexity is best left as a mystery I love the way that Frazier writes about their young love, their innocence and naivety The novel is written as Cooper narrates from an old age This scene is where Will and Claire are riding Waverly, Will s beautiful bay horse, at full speed Back then there was nothing on the face of the earth faster than a fine horse at full gallop Not one brute machine could outstrip it In the places where they had railways, it could take four hours to go forty five miles, at least so said Featherstone on the basis of a recent trip to Georgia We were going multiples of that mechanic speed, ripping the night right down the middle in what now seems to me a last glorious expression of a dying world For me, that illuminates what Frazier has done in this novel he has given expression to that past world, the dying world of the Native Americans, and a way of life most of us can never know, but that our ancestors may have understood He pays homage to that time of transition and shows the sins of civilization Frazier shows the wonder of civilization as well, but on balance the world of nature, while portrayed as often harsh is often majestic, always preferable, always home Highly recommended.
A lot of people didn t think the follow up to Frazier s widely acclaimed COLD MOUNTAIN was nearly as good However, I beg to disagree I still dwell on this book 11 years after reading it I thought Thirteen Moons had a great story and wonderful characters I can still see the old Indian coming into the general store and sitting down by the fire He would limit himself to 5 whiskeys, which he sipped leisurely as he gazed into the flames, content with his thoughts and memories.
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier is a book of historical fiction based on the life of William Holland Thomas 1805 1893 Thomas became the Principal Chief of the East Band of Cherokee Indians, the only White to ever hold such a position In the book, William Holland Thomas goes under the name of Will Cooper and is the prime protagonist Will, an elderly man at the opening of the book, recounts his life story, from childhood to old age Orphaned at a young age, Featherstone and Bear, become father figures to Will He is white They are Cherokee Will is adopted by one and falls in love with No, I cannot explain this without giving too much away.
The book is a fictionalized retelling of William Holland Thomas life It is also a love story, although this part is purely fictional It is also a telling of the Trail of Tears , the forced relocation of Cherokees from North Carolina, following the 1830 Indian Removal Act.
On completion of the book, of course, the first thing I had to do was to read about William Holland Thomas on Wiki Yep, he is there in full detail, and it is simple to check out what is fact and what fiction.
How events are drawn were too coincidental for me This starts right from the beginning, when at the age of twelve Will manages to beat older men at cards Then, having lost the map he is to follow, he stumbles upon the trading post where he has been indentured to work as a clerk The love affair between Will and Claire, well, how this is drawn, is not believable either The central events of the tale are dictated by events in Thomas life, but the minute Frazier departs from facts, venturing into imagined territory, I sensed this, and the story no longer rang true to me In addition, the story is too long and drawn out.
The writing, this is exceptional, and this is why I still enjoyed the book Frazier captures wonderfully the language and the thoughts of an elderly Southern man A man of the 1800s Will s thoughts and how such a man might tell of his life feel utterly genuine to me Frazier also brilliantly describes nature He captures mood and dialogues magnificently I really like the writing but not how the events unfold.
The audiobook I listened to is narrated by John Chancer It is extremely well done Chancer wonderfully captures the feel of the man drawn by Frazier s words He uses different intonations for male and female characters, and he does both well The speed is perfect I have given the narration five stars.
This book is quite riveting.
When 12 year old orphan Will Cooper is handed a key, a horse, and a map, he sets off on an incredible journey The map takes him through the wilderness of the Cherokee Nation A bound boy, he must work at a trading post.
Although forced to work at the post, a job he finds unfulfilling, it is the starting point for his real life to begin He is adopted into the Cherokee Nation, and a man named Bear becomes a father to him Life is suddenly worth living again and a love interest named Claire also captivates him.
Will is a wonderful character who had yearned for a family and a home, and he finds one He learns of the culture of the People, and realizes they are not savages that others called them He finds a family, he finds the home he has needed and deserved, and he finds love Who could ask for anything This was likely my favorite of the year, and I ve read some great ones It reminds to withhold those 5 star ratings as a general strategy, so they are available for books like this When I find great fiction like this, it makes me wonder why I struggle through difficult books at times great writing can be a delight, and maybe the greatest writers understand that and have a special skill to tell a tale in a way that is informative, historical, educational, insightful and just plain entertaining This author doesn t produce much in the way of novels, perhaps spending his time researching, reading, writing, re writing and re writing That is speculation on my part I ve read 3 of his 4 novels now, and each one I have dearly loved I ll wait for his later to come out in paperback, and be ready in 2 3 years the current one has been on m shelf for over a decade 2018 for me is the year of reading great novels about Native Americans, told by white people who became integrated by odd histories The settlement of Appalachia by Scotsmen and the Irish, and the mixing of their Gaelic bloodlines with Native Americans, and oddities such as bringing in hogs which, purposely allowed to go feral, then upset the ecosystem, is just fascinating history brought into this tale The ancient woman of the tribe even recalls the Spanish invaders of a century or before, which their shiny helmets.
Having no personal relationship with the author, I travel a bit through where he was born, raised and lives in southern Appalachia, in Asheville, NC This is one of the most stunningly beautiful spots on earth, yet the mountains are treacherous and full of mystery Cormac McCarthy, my current number one, has early novels set here The story is only very roughly based on the historical figure William Holland, and Frazier owns up to that clearly in the epilogue An interesting facet is the title, which the author does not explicitly explain, which I learned is based on the Cherokee device of tracking years by the 13 lunar cycles being a scientist and woefully ignorant of this fact of nature I was thrilled wtiht coincidence that an ordinary box turtle has a pattern on its back showing 13 sections, surrounded by a perimeter of 28 small ones The beauty of this, 13 moons and 28 days each, serves as a way to keep a calendar I love that and it gives me interesting ideas for art projects and paintings of my own The lead character, Will, is just delightful He tells his story with depth, longing and passion as an old man, sorting through his regrets, losses, delights and cherished solitude It is a story of un requited love, though he transiently claimed the body of his beloved, he never got her soul and it haunted him to his dying days This ache persisted and was the burr in his saddle that kept him moving, seeking, and exploring the limits of his abilities As a protagonist, Will is traditional in that the story is told exclusively from his perspective But Frazier shows remarkable skill in creating such massive depth in a person, that there is no exhausting of the man, he is a bit of a genius and renaissance frontiersman who just can t escape his Cherokee roots Will is a white man, but schooled himself with his Native American hero, Bear, and from time to time departed his trading post to immerse himself in Cherokee culture He found a father figure in Bear, later becoming his translator and protector, ultimately assuming the mantle of chief the historical figure Will Holland was apparently one of the only white chiefs known to history This is a story of great characters, as Will encounters his nemesis the equally interesting, erudite and violent older Featherstone This man is part Cherokee, but through craft and ingenuity has transformed himself into a mostly white plantation owner, amassing wealth through all sorts of nefarious and legitimate means Much is made of horses, as one would expect in the pre civil war period, and personal vendettas are played out over the treatment of Will s beloved Waverly stead Whenever I fancy writing a book of my own, less and less these days, I know I will get stuck on the fact that I will not likely achieve the greatness of a tale such as this I felt the same way listening to Charlie Parker in my youth, realizing that I could practice my saxophone every waking hour and never even nimble at the edges of that talent Great literature is obvious when you see it, I and in my older years now I just stand in awe at it, and feel gratitude, that someone used their time, energy and talent to make it happen It must be a beautifully clean feeling to finish a work of this magnitude and create something that will persist through the ages whether it does or not is not the fault of the author, as we know, but luck But reading this book, I think the author is wise and knows that and must feel very proud to have made something that brings joy to so many serious reads if I may be so conceited This book evinces Matthiesson s Shadow Country, which I also elevate on my small, narrow shelf of favorites, it its use of the historical Edgar Watson.
I could find some minor flaw in the book, but what s the point It filled me with happiness and I didn t want it to end But I know it must, and that is part of it s allure The story is about the ebb and flows of time, the spectacular beauty of a place that is disappearing It is about the Trail of Tears Indian removal project, but it does not preach The main character is not idolized, made heroic, but is self deprecating and, frankly, downright hilarious in his sardonic worldview His adventures and misadventures are infused with whimsy and camaraderie with eclectic soul mates I learned history of the ways of a time and place than I would ever put myself through in history books Like other great novels, however, this one leads me to read other sources to followup on what is truly known How people lived before the industrial age, kept alive, warm, fed, entertained, and culturally interested is laid out in fine detail A book that makes me change what I actually do and practice in my life is a real one I m onto understanding and observing lunar cycles That s great literature for me.
Here are a few samples p 141 After lovemaking in the mountains with his beloved in blissful youth Decades later in life, deep into aching middle age, I held deeds to most of the land I then saw, all the way to the longest horizon, stacks of papers saying all that summer country was mine But of course, all the paper in tehw orld was nothing in comparison to those three days p 219 His great regret, that keeps surfacing through his long life That moment has haunted me all my life Her sitting on the tailboard of the wagon, going away, the driver rattling the reins and the mules pulling and the wooden members of the wagon rubbing and rattling against one another as the wheels rolled through the mud Claire bending her head and her hair falling over her face like drawing curtains across a bright window And me saying nothing Doing nothing I was a young man, but I believed my best life was over p 292 The beginnings of one of the first towns in the wilds of Appalachia, just outside the Indian Territories on a blank place on the maps of the time a school and a church wouldn t hurt, in regard to our relations with the outer world The latter two whitewashed buildings were identical, except that the church was capped with a little gesture of steeple at the door end of its gable Of course, I immediately hired a teacher and a preacher, nearly indistinguishable young men from Balti with no better prospects in life other than come to what must have seemed the ass end of creation for a rate of pay that amounted to little above room and board, and forced them to live together in a one pen log cabin so small they shared a rope and tick bedstead The two were so much of a size they could share each other s clothes, three black suits identifiable only by degree of fade to grey p 296 This must be Lacrosse, but cleverly not named such as the author keeps his story entirely authentic for the time and displays humor There were no limitations on violence other than that it was frowned upon but not forbidden to scratch like a woman And bringing a ballcarrier down by dragging at the breechcloth was supposed to be outside the pale, but when it was done and resulted in a man revealed in all his deficiency, great hilarity ensued both in the crowd and among the players p 313 This kind of humor is right out of my own playbook carrying a wailing baby bundled in little white blankets All you could see was the face like a bar owl s, just as round and flat and pale and fierce Like all babies If they had the physical means, they d kill you without conscience to fulfill their slightest immediate desire Same as house cats, which if they weighed two hundred pounds would not accede to our existence for a single day p 320 the seasons and weather and nature factor into the lunar cycles throughout Therefore, autumn was now Bear s favorite season by far, replacing early summer in his affections He ached with newfound pleasure all through autumn s many stages, the slow day by day coloring of fragile dogwood and sumac and redbud in late summer, then maple and poplar, then the sudden netherward jolt of the first frost and the overnight withering of the weeds, and finally the heroic fortitude of oak, its most persistent dead leaves gripping the branches all through the bitterest winter until finally cast to earth by the push of new growth in spring And above all, the waxing and waning of the several moons End of Fruit, Nut, Harvest, Hunting commanded Bear s deepest interest The different ways they rise and fall in the sky and change from one to the next, from milky and enormous in late summer to tiny as a fingertip and etched hard as burning phosphorus against the wee starts in cold early winter.
Like Cold Mountain, this took me awhile to appreciate But once I did, wowthere is so much beauty in words, landscape and life study to enjoy A sweeping epic of a man s life from the early 1800s to the end of the century in the American South, Frazier describes the harsh realities of a young and sometimes immature government as it expands its territory and faces its own human rights abuses He does this through the life of Will Cooper, a bound boy on his own since his eleventh year and a man who eventually becomes a Chief, a laywer, a senator, a Colonel and a vast land owner His life is a lonely one, without family and without Claire, the love of his life He compensates by devoting his life to the Cherokee and Bear, a clan Chief, who adopted him in his teenage years While other clans are forced off their eastern mountain land to move west onto reservations, Will keeps them in their mountain home with his evasive lawyering skills which earns him much esteem but also much critism In the end, he ends up nearly as alone as when the book began read this patiently Enjoy its honesty and perspective It is quietly satisfying.
A girl in one of my English classes last semester said of this book, I always get sucked into that Appalachian shit Frazier romanticizes the lifestyle and landscape of pre urbanization America better than many writers, making it pretty easy to get sucked into that shit However, I think he captured the fertile wonder of the natural world and its rhythms in his first novel, the well known Cold Mountain, than he does here When he s at his best, his images of man living in nature can remind the reader of the eloquent backwoods monologues in the films of Terrence Malick Thirteen Moons starts off strong, promising to be as potent a meditation on love and mankind s encroachment on the noble wilderness as Cold Mountain was But about 3 4 of the way in, Frazier seems to run of steam The narrator s various episodes of the final portion of the book aren t nearly as memorable as the sense of discovery and first romance in the beginning half An argument could be made that this approach the course of life, especially coming from a narrator of such advanced age the epiphanies of our youth are never equalled as we recede into routine and dullness with age I can agree with this to some extent, but I still feel that Frazier should either have narrowed his focus, and made the majority of the book about the narrator s love story and young life among the Native Americans, or expanded the latter half of the book to give the events therein significance Still, like I said above, it s hard not to get sucked into this shit and Thirteen Moons is an entertaining read, despite its flaws.
When I started this book, I felt some trepidation I didn t think that Frazier could top Cold Mountain As it turned out, he didn t have to Will s story was a whole new world, one which completely captivated me It s been months now since I finished the book, and I can still remember all the characters Will, Claire, Bear as vividly as if I d known them for years.
Charles Frazier, whether or not you like his subject matter, has what all novelists strive for and what very few achieve the ability to invent a world and put you smack dab in the middle of it He can create characters with a stroke of the pen, make you feel with them, make you laugh with them, make you cry with them He describes nature with such intensity that you will read those passages over and over again And when the book ends you will grieve for the loss of the world Frazier has created In short, Frazier has the Gift And we are the lucky recipients of it.
Very few serious writers survive the publishing business, which tends to favor books with short, but lucrative, shelf lives In this brave new world we live in, it seems literary ideas are as disposable as paper napkins But in spite of the absurdities produced by economic short sightedness, I have every confidence that Frazier s Thirteen Moons will be read for decades to come for its beauty, its honesty and for its genuine heartfelt emotion.
Starts off strong with lovely prose.