News of the World

News of the world

By: Paulette Jiles
Published: October 4, 2016

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News of the World discussion

Anne’s thoughts

If the genre “Western” makes you want to run for cover, have no fear. This book has as much in common with previous Book Club titles like The One-in-a-Million Boy and Before We Visit the Goddess as it does with the Louis L’Amour novels my grandfather adored. This story of two unlikely friends—one a retired Civil War captain, one a ten-year-old girl rescued from the Indians who captured her as a babe—will win your heart and make you think. 

Latest Discussion

Note: Spoilers beyond this point

  • Carol Purga posted an update in the group Group logo of News of the WorldNews of the World 24 minutes ago

    Even though westerns are not my usual or preferred genre, I thought this was a beautifully written story. In addition to the character development, I enjoyed the amazing sense of place and the heartwarming story of the rescue of a 10 year old girl. In the end, the tension between doing something right (the return) and doing the right thing (the…[Read more]

  • I just read <I>News of the World</I> has been signed to Fox 2000 for the Big Screen. Tom Hanks will star and Luke Davies (Lion scribe) adapting the screen play. No word on a release date.

  • Leslie Dupont posted an update in the group Group logo of News of the WorldNews of the World 1 month ago

    I just finished this book last week. Although it was a short read, it took me a looooong time to get through it. I wouldn’t say I disliked the book, but it won’t be placed among my favorites. Although I understand the and adore the significance of the relationship between “Cho-henna” and “Kep-dun,” the book was just slow going. The ending was…[Read more]

  • Hi everyone! I’m late to this discussion as I just finished NOTW on March 30th. I give this book 5 stars. Both the Captain (or as Johanna refers to him: Kontah) and Johanna stole my heart. I found them both to be strong and vulnerable in their own, unique way. The Captain was in his 70s and was ready to take life a bit slower and at a more…[Read more]

  • I like to read while my husband watches old western movies. The paths intersected tonight when suddenly I heard the word “Kiowa” coming from the television!

    He is watching The Unforgiven starring Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn, 1960. The story is based upon a novel by Alan Le May.

    The film, uncommonly for its time, spotlights the issue of…[Read more]

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