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The Barfield family, Arkansas sharecroppers, are heading west with their sons Jeffrey and Todd. In far West Texas their camp is attacked by Comanche raiders and the elder Barfields are killed and scalped. The younger boy, Todd, is taken captive by the Indians. The older son, Jeffrey, manages to hide and is rescued by the militia men.  Jeffrey is taken in by a home-steadingThe Barfield family, Arkansas sharecroppers, are heading west with their sons Jeffrey and Todd. In far West Texas their camp is attacked by Comanche raiders and the elder Barfields are killed and scalped. The younger boy, Todd, is taken captive by the Indians. The older son, Jeffrey, manages to hide and is rescued by the militia men.  Jeffrey is taken in by a home-steading family, while Todd is sold, for a rifle and gunpowder, to a Comanchero trader named January.Both become caught up in the turbulence of the Civil War, which even in remote West Texas, the border country with New Mexico, pits Confederate sympathizers against Unionists. The brothers, separated by violence, are destined to be rejoined by violence.  Will they meet as friends or deadly enemies?...

Title : Many a River
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ISBN : 9780765320506
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Many a River Reviews

  • Becky
    2019-03-11 12:41

    Author: Elmer KeltonTitle: Many a RiverGenre: Western Publication Date: 2008Number of Pages: 335Geographical Setting: Texas and New MexicoTime Period: Civil War eraPlot Summary: The story of the Barfield brothers, who are small children traveling west when Comanche Indians attack their family and kill their parents. Todd is taken by the Indians and sold, while Jeffrey manages to hide and is eventually picked up by some traveling militiamen and given a home. The book follows the lives of each boy through adolescence as they get caught up in the drama of the Civil War in the Southwest. Subject Headings:Civil War period, Brothers, Indians of North America, Comanche Indians, Comanche Indians- Captivities, Mexico, Confederate States of America, The Civil War, Coming-of-Age Stories, Western StoriesAppeal:Densely written, detailed characterization, multiple points of view, complex story line, episodic, gentle, detailed setting, historical details, candid, simple, clean, stirring3 terms that best describe this book:Densely writtenSolid historical detailsMultiple points of viewSimilar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and AuthorsManifest Destinies: America’s Westward Expansion and the Road to the Civil War- Steven WoodworthA history of the 1840s, Manifest Destinies discusses how the acquisition of western territories forced the nation to come to grips with the approaching Civil War.Rebel Private: Front and Rear: Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier- William A FletcherThis surviving journal of a Confederate footsoldier details what life was really life in the trenches of the Civil War. This memoir is a true-life version of Todd and Jeffrey’s time with the soldiers during the Civil War.Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History- S.C. GwynneThis book is the story of the Comanche Indians, and their battle with the American settlers for control of the West. Would be a good choice for readers interested in the tribe that attacked the Barfields and kidnapped Todd. 3 Relevant Fiction Works and AuthorsTelegraph Days- Larry McMurtryThe story of two siblings orphaned by their father’s suicide who must move from their prosperous ranch to the nearby town and start new lives. Telegraph Days is another descriptive Western story about siblings starting over after tragedy. Runaways- Andrew FenadyFleeing the devastation of the Civil War, Shad Parker shuts himself away on his farm in Texas. The arrival of three orphans during Christmas week of 1867 gives him something to live for. This inspiring novel features the same type of happy ending for young orphans in the West.The Shadow of a Noose- Ralph ComptonYoung twins Jed and Tim Strange set out to find their sister, who left home to avenge their father's murder over a year ago. But when they're accused of a murder they didn't commit, they must go on the run to find the true killers. This is another descriptive, atmospheric Western tale like Many a River.

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    2019-03-19 11:45

    This is the tale of two brothers, Jeffrey and Todd, who are separated as children in 1855 when Comanche raiders murder their parents. Jeffrey is fostered among good people, but Todd, taken as a captive is sold to a trader who treats him like a slave. Both their lives are changed when the Civil War begins uprooting settlers and forcing friends and families to choose, often opposite, sides.If you're a fan of Westerns and looking for a good one to read, you might want to add a star or so to my rating. I'm not a fan, so it takes one that transcends the genre, a Big Little Man, a Ox-bow Incident, a True Grit or Lonesome Dove to make me want to put such a book permanently on my bookshelf. But I've been reading through a list of Westerns on which Kelton was recommended, and this was better than average--one that held me from beginning to end, and even if the style isn't impressive, it's at least clean and far more readable than Zane Grey, Max Brand or Louis L'Amour. And if the novel isn't groundbreaking or insightful in the way it handles the American Civil War or American dealings with Mexicans or Native Americans, it nevertheless offers up a solid, if fairly bland, adventure story and coming of age tale.

  • Raymond
    2019-02-26 11:42

    It is a good yarn; however, it is NOT as interesting as the movie "Dances with wolves" (I have not read what must have been a book?)!I think more sympathy should be shown to the native americans (after all, I am reading the book about the Trail of Tears!Recently, I attended this local event: SPECIAL PROGRAM - Ben F. Tahmahkera, great-great-grandson of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker, will speak at the Wise County Historical Society meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Heritage Museum in Decatur. ( relative of Quanah Parker related the events that resulted in his distant grand-mother to be captured by the Comanche! The resulting actual incidents have many parallels with this Kelton book.

  • Liz
    2019-03-06 10:35

    When you think about the Civil War you usually think about the North and the South. This book is fiction but focuses on both sides with two brothers who are separated by an Indian attack. One grows up in Texas and one grows up in New Mexico. Both get drawn into the War in different ways. Neither are really sure what the War is about or what it has to do with where they live. They just see the pain and the bodies and the corruption. It is not the type of book I normally read but I liked it. It was slow and the conclusion was evident throughout the book. The author led you through each of the brothers' from the time of the attack until they meet again.

  • Mark Luongo
    2019-03-06 18:24

    In the words of Texas Governor Rick Perry, "Elmer Kelton is truly a Texas legend."Can't get enough of these stories. If you like to feel the grit in your teeth, the smell of cooking bacon and camp bread, saddle leather, greasy villains, strong women and frontier justice than Kelton's writings are for you. You're transported every time you pick a story up. They're perfect for me. This one was a little extra special as it was about two brothers separated and then who find each other after many adventures apart.

  • Jeff Dickison
    2019-03-18 17:36

    Excellent book about two brothers separated at an early by an Indian raid that killed their parents. Each thinks the other is dead. They live separate lives until the Civil War strangely brings them together. Kelton is a great author and this is highly recommended.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-07 11:25

    The book club chose this for its tie-in to the Civil War & its 150th anniversary. This was an interesting story of two brothers and how they were separated at a young age and how their lives were very different. I am interested in reading more by this author.

  • Wayne Keith
    2019-02-26 16:29

    Typical Kelton story, very good!! This book ended very abruptly after the brothers are reunited. I get the feeling this was intended to be the first in a series featuring the Barfield boys, but Kelton passed away shortly after this was published.

  • Angie Brand
    2019-03-02 14:17

    Good book..would have liked more to the ending though.

  • Gordon Jones
    2019-03-12 17:40

    Best western ever...

  • Bill Reed
    2019-02-25 17:23

    one of his best.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-07 10:15

    For a western, I liked it better than I thought I would. Might have to read more from this author.

  • M J
    2019-03-09 15:19

    The audio book narrated by Ed Sala was well done. The story was well constructed. A classic western.