At the age of twelve, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home. In a card game with a white Indian named Featherstone, Will wins -- for a brief moment -- a mysterious girl named Claire, and his passion and desire for her spans this novel. As Will's destiny intertwines with the fate of the Cherokee ...
At the age of twelve, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home. In a card game with a white Indian named Featherstone, Will wins -- for a brief moment -- a mysterious girl named Claire, and his passion and desire for her spans this novel. As Will's destiny intertwines with the fate of the Cherokee Indians, including a Cherokee Chief named Bear, he learns how to fight and survive in the face of both nature and men, and eventually, under the Corn Tassle Moon, Will begins the fight against Washington City to preserve the Cherokee's homeland and culture. And he will come to know the truth behind his belief that 'only desire trumps time'. Brilliantly imagined, written with great power and beauty by a master of American fiction, Thirteen Moons is a stunning novel about a man's passion for a woman, and how loss, longing and love can shape a man's destiny over the many moons of a life.
I read this as a library book, but liked it so much I bought one of my own. A wonderfully written story about an area, and a time, and a culture not really very familiar. I've now read all of Frazier's books and this one and Cold Mountain are truly standouts.
Feb 24, 2011
Cowboys & Indians
Frazier's second book is just as good, maybe even better than his first (Cold Mountain). This is expertly crafted literary fiction, yet not so high-brow as to be beyond appreciation at any level. My whole family has read and enjoyed this book, and we all eagerly await his third. Characters are engaging, interesting, sympathetically developed; narrator's voice is so entertaining it makes you wish the book were longer, just to prolong the pleasure of reading it. Historical event are believable, though not so hung up on realism as to feel chained to facts.
Dec 26, 2008
Not in a Blue Moon
I was looking forward to reading this book because I had enjoyed "Cold Mountain", also by Frazier. What a disappointment! The first third of the book matched his first novel in quality of writing and story-telling. Then the novel seemed to flounder. The writing became less evocative; the characters were one-dimensional; and the plot went nowhere. The novel did not seem to have much point. What could have been an enlightening look at a dark period of American history was muddled and unfocused. It was as if Frazier couldn't decide whether he wanted to write a historical novel or a romance. Speaking of romance, where was it? Claire never seemed like a real person, only a fantasy of the main character (and the author). She did not convey any sense of humanity, but then neither did Will, the main character. I also felt that the book had a very masculine edge to it. The author made a point of describing and referring to bodily functions. Was that to create a sense of time and place? It didn't succeed. Having fleshed-out characters would have done that. Reading this book felt like a pointless exercise. I only forced myself to finish it because our book group was discussing it. In fact, half of the group did not finish the book. By the end of the meeting and our discussion, they decided that they would give up on "Thirteen Moons" and read "Cold Mountain" instead.
Aug 7, 2008
This is no Cold Mountain (and not in a good way)
If you were expecting anything like Cold Mountain, you'll be disappointed to find that the only similarities this book shares is in the descriptions of nature (which will seem only redundant). For four hundred pages, I waited for something to happen and it never did. I would only recommend this book to people I didn't like.
May 11, 2008
Reading Thirteen Moons transported me to the mountains of my childhood, and the main character's familiarity with the Cherokees of the early 1800s piqued an old curiosity. It combined the best of an ethnological travel book and a fictional memoire. I couldn't put it down.
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