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The Light in the Forest
The Light in the Forest
Author: Conrad Richter
In this novel Conrad Richter bases his theme on a little known and tragic aspect of early Colonial life. John Butler, the son of a well-to-do family, has been captured by Delaware Indians at the age of four, adopted by Cuyloga, one of the leaders of the tribe. In the Delaware language he is called Lenni Quis or True Son. After eleven years among...  more »
ISBN: 61000
Pages: 179
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Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Book Type: Paperback
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John Cameron Butler is abducted by indians during a raid when he's four but he's adopted by one of the raiders and lives the next 11 years as True Son a full member of the Lenni Lenape tribe. When the tribe agrees to a peace treaty and to return all "captives" True Son is an unwilling re-patriot into the world of the white man.

Written in 1953 this book has been largely forgotten, but is relevant and feels no more outdated than it probably did when first written. At 120 pages this book is a lightning fast read dealing with alienation and defining one's role in society, issues that modern teen boys will just as readily identify with as those in the 50's.

This book is remarkably well-balanced and somehow manages to avoid painting either the native culture or the white culture as being the villain or the utopia.

This book is well worth the reading time, if you can find it.
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I didn't relly like this book. I found it depressing. The Sign of the Beaver, in my opinion, is a much better book.
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