Flight of the Sparrow

Flight of the Sparrow

A Novel of Early America

Book - 2014
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A historical novel based on the life of Mary Rowlandson. Even before she was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, Mary Rowlandson sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader and made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors' open and straightforward way of life.
Publisher: New York, New York : New American Library, [2014]
ISBN: 9780451466693
Branch Call Number: F BROWN-A
Characteristics: 331 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 22, 2020

I look forward to reading Emerson's Wife by this author. As for this one....so often I slammed the book shut and muttered/exclaimed loudly how irritated I felt with the religious dictates, the treatment of one's fellow humankind. I'd have been cast out to starve (next read is Anne Hutchinson about the same time period) or burned at the stake. Such cruelty, utter disregard for any life other than 'himself'. It's all about control.

IMO all these beliefs have stuck with this country (and many others) to the complete failure or any resemblance of religion called christian. Women were less important than the livestock; children were used horribly, simply the result of the male need. I despair with 'what we have wrought.'

Lovestoread5 Feb 18, 2020

The best book I've read in years. Reminds me of the film Dances with Wolves in that Mary is taken captive & lives among the Indians & the ordeals she struggles through. Mary's delimma is not only how to juxtapose her stoic religion with the freedom of the "heathen" that she is drawn to, but naturally adjusting back to the Puritan confines in her society & religiously verbal abusive marriage in the name of God. The author has done a fine job of showing how the Puritan religion often legalized the word of God for their own benefit yet in doing so, replicate the very religious confines they eschewed in England by removing themselves to America, in the name of freedom.

Nov 05, 2017

Enjoyed the subject. It's set in the 1600's in New England. A woman is captured by American Indians. After 3 months she is sold back to her society. This is a book of her ordeals & adjustments she has to make & how her experiences impact on her & her family. Very interesting reading about the puritan society & their beliefs.

SPL_Brittany Oct 02, 2017

Following the destruction of her village, Mary Rowlandson along with her children, are taken captive by the indigenous peoples in the area. Mary survives a harrowing journey through the wilderness, both physically and spiritually, and experiences many revelations throughout her time amongst her captors that challenges her worldview and her beliefs on faith and humanity. She finds that despite her struggle there is much to admire and enjoy about life amongst the first peoples. I would recommend this novel for those who have enjoyed "Caleb's Crossing", as well as those who enjoy historical fiction set in late 17th century America.

Feb 08, 2017

I loved this book. It gave such a good picture of both the Puritan's way of life as newcomers to this new land mid 1600's. It also was a good picture of the Native American's way of life, their intimate family life more than what you usually hear of the "savage warrior". It also shows how easy is was for misconceptions to become entrenched with language barrier and completely different belief systems- although were they?
Anyone interested in our country's history, pioneers, womens struggles in settling the frontier, and Native American culture would be interested in this book.
The author did a great job of addressing many issues in the true story of a woman who was captured by Native Americans and torn by her subsequent return to the "English"

I cannot get enough of this type of book. It helps that I am utterly fascinated with King Philip's War. The setting and restrictive plight of Mary Rowlandson with her English brethren contrasts greatly with the horror but also the inherent freedoms she experienced as a captive. She literally could not conceive of women who could be leaders in a society. Overall political expediency vis a vis her love of an Indian and trying to “save” him was quite the reality check. Reintegration with society and the whole matrix of social standing and morality in that time was well presented IMHO. A poignant look at early American history through the eyes someone who was both invader but also had insight into the invaded.


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