William Humphrey No Resting Place

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No Resting Place

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A fictionalized tale recounts the forced removal of the Cherokee nation from Georgia, to Tennessee, to Texas along the Trail of Tears and the devastation of that exodus to Native Americans

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Dramatizing a shameful chapter in our history, Humphrey relates the story of the Trail of Tears, the forced exodus of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia in 1807, their internment in Tennessee and their virtual death march to Texas, where they were again betrayed and slaughtered. Though it's a heartbreaking saga, it lacks the bittersweet surge of narrative drive that distinguishes Humphrey's best work. The focal figure is teenager Amos Ferguson, known to his Indian kin as Noquisi. Blond, blue-eyed and fair-skinned, Amos comes from one of many prosperous, sophisticated Georgia families with mixed white and Cherokee blood. Betrayed when their tribal lands are sold to venal speculators by their own leaders, the Cherokees endure near-starvation, epidemic illness, bitter cold and killing fatigue on their journey West. Then, having finally achieved their promised homeland, the cruelly outnumbered refugees are forced into a foreordained losing battle with the Texas Rangers. Humphrey uses cumulative details to create a visceral impression of the harsh misery of the long march. While the story has intrinsic interest, it betrays difficulty in construction; flashbacks are awkwardly thrust into the narrative, and, perhaps because it is told in the third person instead of through the eyes of a narrator intimately affected by events, there is a lack of emotional engagement. Still, readers probably will welcome any new book by the author of the classic novels Home from the Hill and The Ordways and the unforgettable memoir Farther off from Heaven .
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A master storyteller, Humphrey re-creates the exile of the Cherokee Nation from its Georgia homeland in 1807 to a reservation in east Texas--a land which, 30 years later, it must fight to defend. Seen through the eyes of young Amos Ferguson (Noquisi), a mixed-breed Cherokee who accompanies his grandparents on the march later known as the Trail of Tears, this might be considered a coming-of-age novel. Noquisi matures quickly as he sees his loved ones weaken and die in the frozen wastes of frontier Missouri. He serves his people well as interpreter and medical attendant. He questions and rejects the white man's God, which he had only recently accepted through baptism. Yet, No Resting Place is more than one boy's story; it is the story of a nation dispossessed and brought to its knees by the greed and power of another. A beautiful story, highly recommended, by the author of Home from the Hill .
- Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. at Carbondale Lib.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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