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Excerpted from 1609: Winter of the Dead by Massie, Elizabeth Copyright © 2007 by Massie, Elizabeth. Excerpted by permission.
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Posted October 24, 2010
This book is probably very historically accurate, so reading it from that prespective and for that reason is good to very good but to make it classroom reading material is very questionable. At times it is very graphic and mostly deeply disturbing, and very depressing. It is not appropriate for high school students.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 30, 2008
I bought this to use in my classroom while studying Jamestown. The first 90% of it is fine--life in Jamestown through the eyes of a young boy. I enjoyed the detail and the twist on the Pocahantas-rescues-John Smith story. And then in the last ten pages, the author takes a severe left turn that left me completely disgusted and also completely unable to use this book in class. She includes cannibalism, which may well have happened and would be acceptable, since the narrator is horrified about it. But then when a pregnant woman dies, the husband--made mad with hunger and grief-- cuts up the body, salts it for meat, and hides it in his trunk (after tearing out the unborn child). What?? Then the man is accused of murdering his wife--for her meat!!--and burned alive at the stake. The narrator chooses to say nothing to defend this man (a choice he has made throughout the novel which is really hard to countenance, but I kept hoping he'd have a change of heart)--until the last moment, and when he finally does the brave thing and stands up for his friend, his words are ignored and his journal thrown into the fire with the prisoner. What is the lesson from this?? Don't stand up for what you know is right, because it won't make any difference?? The book ends with the abject and starving colonists still abject and starving, without even an epilogue to say, by the way, Lord de la Warre arrived and the colony survived. I was incredibly disappointed in the ending to this book. I cannot use it in class. My students get enough gratuitous violence in the rest of their lives. When I need to show the violence of "real" life or "real" history, I do. But I don't need to show them this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.