- 出版社: HarperTeen; 1st Harper Trophy Ed (1987年10月31日)
- 平装: 352页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 006447030X
- 条形码: 9780064470308
- 商品尺寸: 10.6 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
- 商品重量: 186 g
- ASIN: 006447030X
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Rifles for Watie (英语) 平装 – 1987年10月31日
"This full-length junior novel should hold a place with the best Civil War fiction for young people. The fighting takes place in the West. . . . A young farm boy joins the Union forces, becomes a scout, and thus temporarily part of Stand Watie's Cherokee Rebels. There is suspense in the telling and many a colorful character." -- "H."
Harold Keith grew up near the Cherokee country he describes in Rifles for Watie.A native Oklahoman, he was edu-cated at Northwestern State Teachers College at Alva and at the University of Oklahoma.
While traveling in eastern Oklahoma doing research on his master's thesis in history, Mr. Keith found a great deal of fresh material about the Civil War in the Indian country. Deciding he might someday write a historical novel, he interviewed twenty--two Civil War veterans then living in Oklahoma and Arkansas; much of the background of Rifles for Watiecame from the note-books he filled at that time. The actual writing of this book took five years.
Since 1930, the author has been sports publicity director at the University of Oklahoma. He is married and has a son and daughter.
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He learns that the issues that divide us are
never as clearly defined as we might wish.
Fighting and dying can mean everything,
and nothing. Loyalty and love bring joy and pain.
It's what we all do, as we grow, everywhere we are. And that is the real beauty of this tale.
Action, drama, comedy, battle, saints and sinners... It's all here, well told. You can't help but care about them all. Yankees and Rebels.
Natives and Settlers. Blacks and Whites.
You hate to see either side lose.
We could use some of that now.
To have it served up in a fine story
of adventure and danger, love and intrigue,
is icing on a mighty fine cake. Enjoy!
Altogether, this seems to be a worthwhile, thought-provoking read for those in their early teenage years.
The author, Harold Keith interviewed, many Civil War veterans living in Oklahoma and found that he had enough information to write a historical novel. As a result, his battle stories pack in the absurd incidents of war intermixed with its horror. In one case, a new recruit rides into battle wearing his wedding suit-he'd joined right after his marriage. The groom is killed in the suit in that same battle.
Oklahoma (then called Indian Territory) and Missouri was packed with adherents of both sides of the war. Consequently the war is very cruel and personal. Keith takes this fact in full. The reader very much gets the cruelty of the war in the descriptive passages.
In researching the book, Keith was able to meet with veterans of both sides. To get that info out-to tell the whole tale of the Missouri/Oklahoma theater of war-Keith uses an interesting literary tactic. He tells the tale through the eyes of Jeff Bussey, a cornpone eating teenage Kansas Pioneer who joins up for the Union. Bussey then becomes a spy, serving in the Confederate Army with the purpose of keeping an eye out for a shipment of rifles for Confederate General Stand Watie and his men.