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The Buffalo Soldier
The Buffalo Soldier
Author: Chris Bohjalian
A traumatized African-American boy becomes the foster child of a white couple in a small Vermont town. The boy is befriended by an elderly neighbor who teaches him about the Buffalo Soldiers, an all-black cavalry unit active in the late 19th century, and helps him to come out of his shell.
ISBN-13: 9780609608333
ISBN-10: 0609608339
Publication Date: 3/5/2002
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 13
AS with most of this author's books, the ending is the best! There are times i wonder,while reading it, where is he going with this. there are times i do not like that but, i like this author.
Alfred is a black boy,passed thru many many foster homes before he gets with Laura and Terry in rural Vt.These people lost their twin daughters 2 years before in a flood and different ways of grieving has taken its toll on them.
To say much more would give too much away. This book address's family,color,love,grief and redemption. It is a very complex book and deserves a read!
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Helpful Score: 11
Bohjalian's landscape of Vermont makes you feel like you are there. This book deals with relationships between husband and wife, daughter and mother, brothers, neighbors and children. Decisions are made and strength of the characters are revealed. Fantastic story! This author has not disappointed me at all!
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Helpful Score: 11
This book is a great story about love, life and belonging. The Buffalo Soldiers weave through the text as a cohesive strand. A couple who has lost twin daughters in a drowning accident fosters a young African American child. Kindly neighbors, a horse named Mesa, and an affair round out this thought-provoking tale.
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Helpful Score: 7
WONDERFUL book. All of the characters were so very realistic, like people I could imagine running into in my daily life (I'm a Vermonter and the book is set here). Intriguing premise and wonderfully executed. Highly recommended!
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Helpful Score: 5
This is a moving story about living through grief and making a new family. By the author of Midwives, another good one.
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One of Bohjalian's best
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I read this after listening to Skeletons at the Feast, and again I love how he really lets you know the characters. I liked the story and the boy, So much I read it in a weekend! BUT, I did feel somewhat let down by the ending. He combines many elements wonderfully. A plus is that just as in Skeletons, he adds horses and their wonderful link to healing humans in this story too.
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Simply AWESOME


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