Sunday, August 17, 2008

Carbone. Elisa. Blood on the River : James Town 1607

Carbone, Elisa. Blood on the River : James Town 1607. Viking, 2006 [978-0-670-06060-3]

Samuel Collier was an orphan who becomes servant to Captain John Smith when he goes to the new world to establish James Town. This 237 page book is tells the story of the harsh journey, conditions and situation the colonists met in this new land. It is the tale of two proud cultures and strong personalities hitting head-on. What is nice in the narrative is that neither side is held up to be better than the other. This book is an important piece of historical fiction. There are also some excellent historical notes by the author at the end of the book.


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