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Oblivion's Altar

Oblivion's Altar

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by David Marion Wilkinson, D. Marion Wilkinson, David Marion Wilkinson

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From the author of Not Between Brothers, David Marion Wilkinson "brings history to life" (Publishers Weekly) in this epic novel of a Cherokee chieftain's final struggle for freedom.


From the author of Not Between Brothers, David Marion Wilkinson "brings history to life" (Publishers Weekly) in this epic novel of a Cherokee chieftain's final struggle for freedom.

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Publishers Weekly
All men were not always created equal in the eyes of the federal government, and the Cherokee fared particularly badly in the 19th century. In his passionate third novel, Spur Award-finalist Wilkinson (Empty Quarter; Not Between Brothers) spans six decades-from 1776 to 1839-in addrressing the plight of Ridge, a great Cherokee chieftain. Ridge was originally called Kah-nung-da-tla-geh, the Man Who Walks the Mountaintops. He was born in Georgia, where the Cherokee were known as the Civilized Tribes because they adapted easily to the white man's customs of dress, language and farming, with a parallel government and their own constitution. Ridge, a warrior and chief, is also a rich Cherokee farmer who believes in the strength of the treaties and the words of Pres. Andrew Jackson. What he does not understand is that the treaties are merely paper and that Jackson will not raise a finger to help the Indians in a vicious land dispute with the states. Ridge encourages education as a means to beat the whites at their own game. His son becomes a lawyer and represents the Cherokees in court. Even when the Cherokees win the court cases, however, the government ignores the law and the Cherokees are driven from their lands by force, following the Trail of Tears westward. Ridge is a tragic hero, a good man who did everything he could to protect his people, but who is ultimately betrayed by both the whites and his Indian brothers. Solidly based on historical fact, Wilkinson's tale packs a strong emotional punch and cannot help but make readers wonder which side was the most civilized after all. (Nov.) Forecast: Wilkinson, who is well known in Texas, should be able to build on the success of Not Between Brothers with this worthy successor.
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“Brings history to life ... rich in adventure and high emotions.”
Personal - Loren D. Estleman

“I haven’t read prose as compelling and beautiful as David Marion Wilkinson’s applied to a western subject since I exhausted the last of Willa Cather. His words eddy like clear mountain water and his characters spring out of the ground as fully fleshed as warriors grown from dragons’ teeth. The American Western has found its first important twenty-first-century voice in Oblivion’s Altar.”

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Penguin Group (USA)
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5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

David Marion Wilkinson is the acclaimed author of The Empty Quarter, Not Between Brothers, One Ranger: A Memoir, and his latest novel, Where the Mountains Are Thieves. He is a two-time recipient of the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, the Violet Crown Award from the Writer’s League of Texas, and Editor’s Choice of the Review of Texas Books. He and his wife Martha live in Austin, Texas.

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Oblivion's Altar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are like me, they neglected to teach all of American history to you in school. Fortunately, we have authors like David Marion Wilkinson who can bring history to life and maintain the historical perspective. This book is for anyone who loves our country and wants to learn from its own growning pains. It is often difficult to discern right from right, but Mr. Wilkinson seems to bring the dilemma to the readers. Mr. Wilkinson informs the reader without preaching right from wrong of the tough choices made by the American people; the indigenous as well as immigrants.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not to speak for others, but this book will bring home the tragedy of Native American's during the "formation" of America. Extremely well written and should be on the required list for history class in schools. Most of us likely have no idea of how Indians were written off time after time after time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wilkinson tells the story of the Cherokee in a way which draws the reader onward - even knowing the inevitable ending. For those parents who are home-schooling, Wilkinson's books (Not Between Brothers, Oblivion's Altar)should be perfect as they are not dry but personal and passionate - which leads the reader to search out more information on the subject!