Fallen Hopes, Taken Dreamsby J. M. Barlog
It was the roaring twenties ... Their only crime was being born Native American ... Still teenagers, their dreams were taken from them when they were wrongfully committed to our nation's only Indian insane asylum. Each had been dealt a life sentence in a place where hope was crushed and spirits destroyed. Once behind the barred windows and locked doors of the
It was the roaring twenties ... Their only crime was being born Native American ... Still teenagers, their dreams were taken from them when they were wrongfully committed to our nation's only Indian insane asylum. Each had been dealt a life sentence in a place where hope was crushed and spirits destroyed. Once behind the barred windows and locked doors of the Canton Indian Insane Asylum, they would endure unspeakable abuse and torture. Death was their only escape. There was no hope of release, until ... One would give them hope in this place that had no hope. One who would fire their spirits and breathe defiant life back into their souls. Some stories move our hearts; some stories move our minds-and some stories move our very souls. Fallen Hopes, Taken Dreams is the powerful, heart-wrenching story based on the records in the South Dakota State Archives for the Canton Indian Insane Asylum. Much of what you will read is verifiable, but some has been fictionalized, along with characters and their names. Does this make the fiction untrue, or merely unverifiable? We can't know for certain what happened behind those walls. We only know what men were willing to document for history. The rest-along with their secrets-they decided to take to their graves.
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This is a well written and plotted book This book tells the story of a small group of young Native Americans forced to endure great suffering at the hands of a few evil men. The character development, to me, was well thought out and kept you interested in their lives from beginning to end. There are sad moments that make you pause and even a few happy moments that brought a smile. Since its fiction, we don't know what really happened in that place. Though I guess it would have been impossible to write such a story as non-fiction. But they say the best fiction is rooted in fact, and if that is the case here, this story is definitely worth its five-star rating.
Such a sad story. I could literally feel what the characters were feeling. I can't even begin to comprehend how ignorant people could have mistaken simple illnesses for mental disorders that didn't even exist. Even though this is a story written by a person i can cleraly picture situations like this happening in real life.
This is an excellent book that does not follow any standard fictional formula. The characters are well developed and the plot grips from the beginning to the end. Definitely worth reading.
An excellent Native American novel If you're a fan of Native American reading, you have to read this book. Not so much because it's a romance of a different kind, but because it's unforgettable.
Very intense book. I lost sleep over this one. I couldn't put it down at times. What they did to the Indians there was terrible.