Oblivion's Altarby David Marion Wilkinson, D. Marion Wilkinson, David Marion Wilkinson
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.
“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.”
- 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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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.
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.
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!