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The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton
The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton
Author: Jane Smiley
Six years after her Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, A Thousand Acres, and three years after her witty, acclaimed, and best-selling novel of academe, Moo, Jane Smiley once again demonstrates her extraordinary range and brilliance. — Her new novel, set in the 1850s, speaks to us in a splendidly quirky voice--the strong, wry, no-nonsense voice o...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780679450740
ISBN-10: 0679450742
Publication Date: 3/24/1998
Pages: 452
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 42 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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reviewed The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Really love Jane Smiley. Makes me appreciate central air and heat! Little House for grown-ups.
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Helpful Score: 2
Enjoyable reading, but not the book I thought it might be, but fun nonetheless. Very good author, like her other books.
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Helpful Score: 2
An orphan's tale of the life she is forced by circumstances to lead. Held my interest from cover to cover. Exciting story that includes everything:love, standing by what one believes in and knowing what's worth fighting for.
Bonnie avatar reviewed The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton on + 364 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
All those great reviews! Gee, I had a really hard time getting through this book...and I love Westerns. But this one dragged and dragged, and I remember the narrative overpowering the flow of the story.
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bookgoddessme avatar reviewed The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton on + 106 more book reviews
I am drawn to a book with a strong lead female character, and this book does not disappoint. Lidie is a true survivor, compounded by the face that women needed to be tougher than nails in the divided land of the United States in the 1850's. What a unapologetic story this novel tells of the near impossible conditions of K.T. (Kansas Territory) for the claim staking aboloitionists. Lidie lived many lifetimes in one. Slow, steady, story this book tells, but one that explains a lot about the tenacity and toughness of the people of the United States built on this foundation.
wantonvolunteer avatar reviewed The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton on + 84 more book reviews
Lidie Newton was an interesting tomboy of a character, and her All-True Travels and Adventures taught me a lot about American history prior to the Civil War, specifically as it took place in K.T. or Kansas Territory between Free Staters (Abolitionists) and the Slavers.

Lidie's constant wavering between ideals and sides and opinions, although realistic, grated my nerves towards the end. I liked reading about a lot of the supporting characters more than her, and after 452 pages I was sad not to know what happens to a lot of them instead of her. But overall, the story was great - Lidie marries an abolitionist from Boston, leaves her family in Illinois to travel with him out west to K.T. There they battle the wilds, settle and make a home, take in her nephew Frank, and then the political situation gets violent, and Lidie's adventures really begin.


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