“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”
Julii, a beautiful, insecure and victimized Tennessee Indian is caught up in the white man's world after saving the life of a Confederate captain wounded at the battle of Shiloh.
Overcoming great disadvantage, cruel prejudice and bitter persecution, Julii harnesses her intrinsic genius to become the Confederate States’ most aggressive blockade-runner.
Using conspiracy, manipulation and bribery to punish those who wronged her, Julii sets off a chain of events that leads to General Sherman burning down Atlanta, his infamous “March to the sea”, and a total Union victory, while condemning her to suffer for even more sins of her past.
About the Author
Before going to school, I remember writing naive poetry for the spontaneous pleasure of forming words. Unfortunately for me, this instinctive need to write was crushed by my teachers’ seemingly obsessive need to humiliate children who struggled with “correctly” written words.
At my tiny 1960’s English village school we adhered rigidly to a curriculum based on the three “Rs”, and my inability to distinguish characters required for “reading”, “writing” and “arithmetic” (a play on words that went completely over my head for most of my life) made my teachers very angry.
Being a sensitive child, I deflected their years of calling me “lazy” and “stupid” by creating a protective alter-ego who played me like a character on a stage until leaving my secondary school, with no qualifications, at the age of fifteen.
After working as a chef, airport loader, builders labourer, and any other job that allowed me to hide my “shameful weakness”, I decided to harness my alter ego's deflecting humour and verbal skills to become a salesman.
Many unfulfilled years spent selling for companies like Xerox brought me to a financially successful career within the computer communications industry. But the constant stress of pretending to be someone I was not, both professionally and socially, led to serious depression and my inevitable mental breakdown.
During years of recovery, the origins of my alter ego had to be faced, fully explored and truly understood. This confronting healing process, coupled with a lifetime of tumultuous relationships and calamitous conflicts with extraordinary characters, is what I now call upon when writing my stories.
From the age of five until my recovery I made it my mission to seek out artful ways of avoiding the written word, too afraid even to write a love or business letter. But after being diagnosed with dyslexia, I learned to use something as mundane as “spell check” to win a scholarship to The Film School in Seattle and a writing course at AFTRS Sydney.
Now unable to contain the urge to write, I have written four books, fifteen screenplays and, just as I could before attending school, I sense that there are many, many more characters and stories to come.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite Our Eternal Curse: Another Tribe by Simon Rumney is part of a series that covers the many lives and deaths of one woman throughout history, a woman who seems destined to play a large part in the history of whatever time period and place she is born. Julii is a young Native American woman living in a lost valley with her banished tribe, in the heartland of Tennessee during the American Civil War. Having no knowledge of any life outside her tribe, when she finds a dying Confederate Captain near their waterhole, she rescues him and nurses him back to health, blissfully unaware that her life and her understanding of the world are about to change forever. Having fallen in love with this soldier, she accompanies him back to Atlanta where she is rudely introduced to the hatred and bigotry that was such an integral part of the early South. Determined to survive, Julii becomes a force that will turn the fortunes of the Civil War on its head. I found Rumney’s use of the narrative to highlight the incredible injustices heaped upon both the Indians and the Negro slaves to be particularly enlightening. The idea of a pure, innocent woman without any preconceived prejudices confronting such vicious and vile vitriol head on was very refreshing and, as a reader, I found the character of Julii easy to identify with and feel sympathy for. As the storyline developed, we are given little peeks inside Julii’s subconscious and we slowly come to realise that all is not as it seems. There is much more to Julii’s character than we first believed. This was a clever way to introduce the concept of a series to those reading the book as a standalone, rather than in order. An excellent, fast-moving story from Simon Rumney. Our Eternal Curse: Another Tribe was a satisfying read.