Book Review of Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America

Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America
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On one hand, I enjoyed the story, on the other, I had a lot of problems with it. It was fast paced, well-written and kept me interested. My main problem with it was that it seemed to fall victim to racist native american stereotypes. While I have no doubt that the battles between the colonists and native americans were bloody and fierce, the author goes to great lengths to describe many acts committed by the native americans in great detail - throwing babies in the air and clubbing them? Scalping people alive? Burning women and children alive? The author does, however, try to point out some of the war crimes the colonists are alleged to have taken part in - beheadings,scalpings, setting fires to villages - they're presented more as "hearsay" among the colonists and aren't described in vivid detail. I'm sure much of this has to do with the source material she was working from, but the first part of the book was a little gruesome and disturbing....