Follow the River

Follow the RiverMary Ingles Was Twenty Three, Married, And Pregnant, When Shawnee Indians Invaded Her Peaceful Virginia Settlement, Killed The Men And Women, Then Took Her Captive For Months, She Lived With Them, Unbroken, Until She Escaped, And Followed A Thousand Mile Trail To Freedom An Extraordinary Story Of A Pioneer Woman Who Risked Her Life To Return To Her People From The Paperback Edition. This is very good historical fiction We are given a true story that captures our interest from page one What happens is exciting and the story is hard to put down Dialogs enliven events and capture temperaments of the people involved These dialogs may be fictional, but they conform to what source material tells us about the respective characters personalities The book is both adventure story and character study What made this book so special for me is that I felt what Mary felt When she froze, I had to pull a blanket over myself When she was starving, all I could think about was food Yo
This book needed a lot of editing It was repetitious and monotonous Her voice did not seem very genuine It s kind of hard to explain, but sometimes it just didn t seem like a woman s point of view For example, she rarely never talked about the emotional relationship with her husband Instead, even when she was starving and fighting exposure and exhaustion in the extreme, every time she thought of her husband, it was sexual The way she immediately started fantasizing about Chief Wildcat was very Harlequinesque Also, in some parts the way she thought about her children didn t seem natural forced or too theatrical On the other hand, I really identified with her experience of childbirth Her re
I found this book incredibly interesting The amount of research author Jim Thom put into this novel almost reveals an obsession he must have had with the harrowing experience of Mary Draper Ingles I was educated at a very young age by my archaeologist father about the early settlements of this region, as well as the life of period Indian tribes Being a true Kentucky blue blood, I was also educated on the clash between the two, the eternal struggle, and God willing, those few who were able to live peacefully side by side Though this novel falls short from expressing the hardships and horrors the settlers and so the soldiers from all campaigning countries placed on the Indians, you have to keep in mind that it is written from the settlers perspective If you take it a step further and do the research on who these early settlers of this yet wild, untamed, and dangerous part of the country were, you ll develop a respect for their plight and for the bravery in which they chose to set out and have a legitimate life of their own.The life of Mary Draper Ingles falls under much scrutiny for some of the decisions she was forced to make Believing her husband still to be alive and having had her two young boys taken from her while in captivity, Mary Ingles came to the momentous decision to leave he
Sunday, July 8, 1755, Draper s Meadow, Virginia The Shawnee Indians launch a surprise attack on the settlement, killing most, but taking some prisoners, including a very pregnant Mary Draper Ingles and her two young sons The captives are taken on a long journey to Shawnee Town, where they are somewhat assimilated into the community, Mary is sold as a slave and her sons are adopted by one of the Indian chiefs Mary rebels at being another man s slave and yearns to escape and return home to her husband, and she and Dutch woman Ghetel finally get their chance to leave but there s a terrible cost involved winter is coming on and it is a long long way back to Draper s Meadow On the eleventh day of their freedom they had to walk five miles upstream and then five miles downstream to get around another creek that had barred their progress up the bank of the O y o One thousand miles, and only the clothes on their backs already in rags and what food they are able to gather along the way Mary had memorized the landscape on the journey to Shawnee Town and she s sure she can find her way back by following the river but there s still the matter of food which becomes scarcer and scarcer as winter begins, and it s a bit gruesome what so
This is one of the best books I ve ever read I read it once when I was a young teen, and again last year as an adult The book stayed with me all these years It s a true story about a young woman during the French and Indian War who witnesses much of her family and village massacred and then is taken by Indians Her husband, who is working in the fields, witnesses everything but is unable to stop it With her two young sons, who were spared, and a baby due any day, she travels hundreds of miles on horseback and foot to the Indian camp, then has to make a heart wrenching decision stay and marry an Indian, even as her two sons are taken away to another Indian camp, or leave her baby in the care of another Indian woman and travel on foot with nothing but
I chose to read Follow the River by James Alexander Thom not so much to be entertained and inspired by the story of Mary Ingles s escape in 1755 from Indian captivity and her torturous return from the Ohio River to her family s frontier settlement west of the Blue Ridge Mountains I had read about her ordeal, it being a true story, years ago I wanted to see how Thom dealt with what I anticipated would be two major difficulties description of her surroundings and portrayal of her thoughts and emotions Being that Mary was isolated so much and that she was forced to trek through wild, diverse terrain, I recognized that surmounting these difficulties would be a substantial achievement Thom explains at the end of the book that he traveled Mary Ingles s route home as part of his research Not surprisingly, his description of her surroundings is genuine, readily believable Included in much of his description is sharp sensory imagery, derived, I am certain, from close personal observation Thunder grumbled, lightn
It s gruesome at times, but such a powerful, realistic retelling of an incredible, true story It really moved me and I m sure I will read it again Mary Ingles is one of my heroes now I happened upon this book through the band in which I play One of the songs we perform written by one of my bandmates was inspired by this book, which tells of the story of Mary Ingles no relation to Laura Ingalls Wilder , who was kidnapped, along with her children, in a Shawnee indian raid on her village in Virginia in the late 1700 s She was taken to an area of Kentucky near Cincinatti, and, along with a Dutch woman named Gretel, escaped the Indian encampment leaving her son and newly born daughter and followed the river, along the Ohio and myriad other rivers, through the Allegheny mountains, back to her home in Virginia That feat is amazing in itself, but Ingles and Gretel made the 1000 mile trek on foot with only a tomahawk and the clothes on their backs Thom s book begins quietly enough, but once the raid begins, the tale is epic and near overwhelming in scope His description of settler and Indian culture, and especially the landscape along Mary and Gretel s trek is detailed and evocative I had the good fortune of meeting James Thom last October in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, as well as his wife, Dark Rain Thom James Thom told me that his wife was instrumental in getting a fair telling of the tale, as from the Ingles side of the tale, the indians were heathen savages, but with the indian side of the tale told, these raids and kidnappings were part of a retaliation toward the white s
I absolutely loved the first 40% or so It was full of action, suspense, drama and had me glued to the book But then it plateaued hard Like really hard And stayed that way until the end It was such an abrupt change I had a difficult time keeping my full att
3 1 2 stars, reallyThe most amazing thing about this story is that it really happened In 1755, Mary Ingles was captured by the Shawnee and taken to Ohio or thereabouts After a couple of months, she escaped along with an old Dutch woman With winter coming on and virtually no food clothing shoes, they made their way over very difficult terrain back to Virginia, where Mary was reunited with her husband They traveled about 1,000 miles.The only thing I couldn t figure out was how she managed this trip without dying of hypothermia.This author is a meticulous researcher His historical fiction is impressive In preparation for writing the book, he actually spent several weeks following the terrain Mary Ingles traveled, so the details of the ordeal felt very real.The majority of this book was worthy of four stars However, there was one long chunk of the book that really got old after awhile I know he was showing how long and arduous and debilitating the journey was, but

[Epub] ➣ Follow the River ➤ James Alexander Thom –
  • ebook
  • 416 pages
  • Follow the River
  • James Alexander Thom
  • English
  • 03 August 2017
  • 9780307763112