All True Not A Lie in It

All True Not A Lie in It

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A New Face of Fiction for 2015, All True Not a Lie in It is pioneer Daniel Boone's life, told in his voice--a tall tale like no other, startling, funny, poignant, romantic and brawling, set during the American Revolutionary War and hinging on Boone's capture by the Shawnee.
          Here is Daniel Boone as you've never seen him. Debut novelist Alix Hawley presents Boone's life, from his childhood in a Quaker colony, through 2 stints captured by Indians as he attempted to settle Kentucky, the death of 1 son at the hands of the same Indians, and the rescue of 1 daughter. The prose rivals Hilary Mantel's and Peter Carey's, conveying that sense of being inside the head of a storied historical figure about which much nonsense is spoken while also feeling completely contemporary.

          Boone was a fabulous hunter and explorer, and a "white Indian," perhaps happiest when he found a place as the captive, adopted son of a chief who was trying to prevent the white settlement of Kentucky. Hawley takes us intimately into the life-and-death survival of people pushing away from security and into Indian lands, despite sense and treaties, just before and into the War of Independence. The love story between Boone and his wife, Rebecca, is rich and tangled, but mostly it's Boone who fascinates, pushing into places where he imagines he can create a new "clean" world, only to find death and trouble and complication. He is a fabulous character, unrivalled in North American literature, and a prime candidate for the tall tale. The storytelling is taut and expert, the descriptions rich and powerful, the prose full of feeling, but Boone is what drives this outstanding debut.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2015.
ISBN: 9780345808554
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAW
Characteristics: 371 p. : map ; 24 cm.

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Nov 27, 2016

Prior to reading this book I had no interest in Daniel Boone. The title was what caught me -- All True Not a Lie in It. What a reward! In this outstanding book I found that it was worth reading and paying attention to each word, not racing through as I sometimes do in novels. Tons of information about life in his times. Also realistic and believable. I particularly liked the format where no quote marks were used for the speech or implied talk. It really supported the author's approach that everything was in Boone's head. I would never bother to watch a movie of this book since I believe a movie could never capture the in-my-head kind of way the reader lives the story along with Boone, even if a voiceover were used in the movie. Surprises up to the very end. When I finished the book, just sat there thoughtful and contemplative. It's also a relevant book for people interested in survival experiences. Remarkable book.

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