I found this a fascinating tale of life in the American west as told from a Native American viewpoint.
My husband is donating this book - it is about Cynthia Parker- a Comanche captive from Texas and mother of the grear Comanche leader Quannah Parker. Good insight into Comanche life in 1836 and life in Texas the year of the battle of the Alamo. His rating is excellent.
My all time favorite book! I read this every few years. Its based on the true story of a little girl kidnapped by the commanches when she was 9. This blonde little girl grows up in the Commanche tribe and marries a war chief. The detail in how the American Indian's lived is breathtaking. Its a love story, adventure, historical fiction..all wrapped up together in one book. If you are drawn to the American Indian, you can't miss this book.
Powerful, captivating narrative, at times, brutal. I already knew the ending from reading
the factual account of the story, but, still, I had to know how the author would choose
to unfold her story. What an incredible story!
Novelization of the life of Cynthia Ann Parker, kidnapped by Comanches in 1836 at the age of nine, who grew up to be the mother of one of their most revered chiefs. This is the second of Robson's Native American biographies I've read, and she does an outstanding job. She can write lyrically about the beauty of the land and the people, but does not shrink from the casual violence. Nor does she attempt to psychoanalyze or justify the mindset of a people who could kill one captive child as easily as crushing a flea, but adopt and treasure the next.
I have read almost all of St. Robson's books and this one touched my heart the most. What a wonderful, but heartbreaking, story! It made me really think more about the white men trying to convert Indians into a "civilized" life-who is really more civilized? I also learned alot of the Comanche Indian way of life while enjoying a good story. I enjoy reading books that tell a good story, but as well as a story, you can learn something and take something with you from the book. This book does all that. One more thing-make sure you have Kleenexes handy near the ending!
I would give this book 10 stars if I could! A wonderful book. Cynthia Parker is kidnapped by the Comanches when she's very young and is raised as one of them. She marries Wanderer, one of her kidnappers, raises her children...then is found by her white family. VERY sad at the end, of course I cried! I believe this is a historical fiction account of Quanah Parker's mother. Quanah was the last great Indian chief of the Comanches, before they had to give up to the white man.
All of Lucia St. Clair Robson's books are absolutely terrific.
An amazing book about a white women raised by Cherokees
"The people come alive in Ride The Wind - you can feel the land - you can hear Lance's "morning song". Lucia St. Clair Robson is one of the greatest writers at creating people & places that are impossible to ever forget. She makes you see the Comanche village, the Texas massacre, the wild rides across the praires.
She paints such vivid word pictures and with such an honest flair for historical facts that she doesn't create good guys and bad guys - she creates human beings that become friends as you read her books.
If I were a teacher they would be required reading - showing both sides in a way that few history books manage to do. Ride The Wind is a book you don't want to put down - and even more, one you don't want to end." amazon review
Incredibly sad but interesting fictional account of the very real Cynthia Ann Parker who was kidnapped by Indians when she was 9. She grew up and married the chief and had children.
Had to do a book report in the 11th grade of school, this is the book I choose. I credit this book for my love of reading. After reading this book like 3 or 4 times I was hooked.
Excellent story, will pull you in the characters as if you are there with them. Fabulous, What can I say I love this book.
This book is so vividly and exceptionally written, it borders on being a masterpiece.
This is a wonderful book! I am so glad I finally have a copy of it to keep!