During my teenage years up to my early twenties, I became so fond of reading books that I’d read a 500 plus page book non-stop until I finish it. Those were the days that life hasn’t got in the way yet.
Fast forward to the present, I’m trying to re-introduce myself to the old me. That kid that loves his books and meeting the likes of Augustus McCrae, Aurora Greenwood, Jack McCall, Paul Werner, Boo Radley etc… through the writings of the great contemporary novelists. Yes, I’m not really a big “classics” fan but I tried reading some of ’em.
So for starter, the first book that I’ve decided to dive into was “Thirteen Moons” by Charles Frazier who also wrote Cold Mountain. (I’ve actually tons of books unread for the past years now and it still shock me because I keep on buying them hoping that I’d read them all one by one – in time, I’m sure 🙂 ) I bought Thirteen Moons about a year ago (one of my most recent purchase) and having read exceptional reviews online, I decided to start on it first and join Will Cooper’s journey.
In context, the book had the similar grasp of some of Larry McMurtry’s works. The story telling is so powerful that every page is as important as the last. I loved it when books makes you interact with its characters. You either root for them, loath them or even think about them long after you’ve finish reading the whole thing.
Thirteen Moons is a melancholic prose of a journey that encompasses the early years when the native Indians are reigning supreme up to the progressive modernity that almost diminished their culture altogether. It was the nostalgic narration of a man who outlived everyone involved in his journey to make his place in the world. This thought actually made me sad. It made me feel for him but it also made me critical on how things change so fast that your only reminder of the past would be the stories you’ve gathered through out your life without the material mementos.
This books isn’t exactly a book that I’d keep repeating every now and then but I’d definitely put it in a category that’s just below my most beloved ones. After all, this I reckon a masterful historical fiction that lends a sense of cultural acknowledgement and personal approbation of life in the early years of America.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars