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This is a work of historical fiction based on the captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson Note I have read the original work It was assigned and discussed in several of my undergrad classes I must put a major emphasis on it being FICTION I found that this work takes huge liberties with the character of Mary Although it is true, only basic facts are known about her life beyond what we are presented with in her narrative, this novel s version of who she may have been just seems to really be a reach I fully believe that her captivity and trials must have changed her life and that she may have suffered from some ptsd esque symptoms when she returned home But do I find it plausible that someone who hated and feared the natives so much, who witnessed unspeakable acts of violence from them during her capture and captivity, and who was with them for only three months was suddenly sympathetic to them and their way of life No, not really I just don t think she would have become as attached to their lifestyle as the book made her out to be, mostly because her original narrative comes across as so racist towards natives Also, the almost love with the noble savage James was a bit much as well The last thing that bothered me were the brutal descriptions of violence, especially at the start of the book All in all, an all right read, the character and her very modern ways of thought were just too far fetched for me. 1670 s, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Mary Rowlandson is married to a Puritan minister and has three children This is the story of the attack of their village by Indians and capture of her and her children It is based on the true story of what she endured, not only her time with the Indians but also with her return to the English All her life she was taught to hate Indians, fear God and submit to her husband in a religion where women have no rights, where grieving for a dead child is even frowned upon As a captive she endures exhaustion, hunger, and witnesses brutality but also kindness and wisdom and is drawn to their open and straightforward life When she is returned to her husband she suffers gossip and lies from the community and her husbands inability to believe that she wasn t defiled by the Indians This was a excellent book that I would recommend to anybody interested in early American history. @Free Kindle ë Flight of the Sparrow ¾ She Suspects That She Has Changed Too Much To Ever Fit Easily Into English Society Again The Wilderness Has Now Become Her Home She Can Interpret The Cries Of Birds She Has Seen Vistas That Have Stolen Away Her Breath She Has Learned To Live In A New, Free WayMassachusetts Bay Colony,Even Before Mary Rowlandson Is Captured By Indians On A Winter Day Of Violence And Terror, She Sometimes Found Herself In Conflict With Her Rigid Puritan Community Now, Her Home Destroyed, Her Children Lost To Her, She Has Been Sold Into The Service Of A Powerful Woman Tribal Leader, Made A Pawn In The On Going Bloody Struggle Between English Settlers And Native People Battling Cold, Hunger, And Exhaustion, Mary Witnesses Harrowing Brutality But Also Unexpected Kindness To Her Confused Surprise, She Is Drawn To Her Captors Open And Straightforward Way Of Life, A Feeling Further Complicated By Her Attraction To A Generous, Protective English Speaking Native Known As James Printer All Her Life, Mary Has Been Taught To Fear God, Submit To Her Husband, And Abhor Indians Now, Having Lived On The Other Side Of The Forest, She Begins To Question The Edicts That Have Guided Her, Torn Between The Life She Knew And The Wisdom The Natives Have Shown Her Based On The Compelling True Narrative Of Mary Rowlandson,Flight Of The Sparrow Is An Evocative Tale That Transports The Reader To A Little Known Time In Early America And Explores The Real Meaning Of Freedom, Faith, And AcceptanceADERS GUIDE INCLUDED 3.75 I hope readers will come away with a sense of what it was like to live in Puritan culture and society and an awareness of the complexity of English Native relationships in the 1600s I would say she succeeded I am fairly well read on the subject of United States Native American culture issues in the 1700 1800s concerning tribes from the plains over to the western coast, but was not so enlightened with this time period or area I certainly did not know that tribal members were exported into slavery to Barbados and other places Inspired by actual persons and events, the author wrote a story of a woman and her children s kidnapping murder, confinement slavery, and eventual release back into their Massachusetts Bay Colony lifestyle Her research was extensive and certainly convinced me that as a woman, I would have perished in Puritan society I m sure I would have been tried as a witch for rebelling against my husband Most certainly, as a female, remaining as a slave to the tribe would have been preferable to colony life I enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone interested in this period on American history. Living in a structured house, living in a wetu.Having enough food, always hungry.Not showing love to your children, cherishing your children.Living a strict Puritan existence, living carefree.Never experiencing the pleasure of nature, hearing every little part of nature.All those statements show the differences Mary Rowlandson found when comparing her Puritan life to her life in Indian captivity.Which way would you want to live Mary Rowlandson and many others were captured by Indians and were forced to live within the Indian community It was a harsh life for her as well as the entire Indian community Despite the hardships, Mary blended in well and was protected by an Englishman.You will follow Mary as she transforms from a Puritan English woman into an Indian woman She loved her transformation and found the link to nature and peace that she didn t have as the wife of a strict Puritan minister.FLIGHT OF THE SPARROW was very well researched and held my interest At first I didn t realize FLIGHT OF THE SPARROW was based on an actual person Once I found that out, the book became evenintriguing.I have never read any book about this time period in American history, but want to find outFLIGHT OF THE SPARROW is a gripping account of Early America, and history buffs will not be disappointed I recommend this book to anyone who loves a well researched, historical novel I can t divulge anywithout telling the story, but take the time to read FLIGHT OF THE SPARROW I thoroughly enjoyed it 4 5 This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review. 3.5 stars An engaging book with some unignorable flaws.This story is a fictionalized account of Mary Rowlandson s life, particularly her experience as a captive of a Native American tribe for almost 3 months I picked this book because I wanted to read a fiction book about Native Americans, and it s nearly impossible to find any that aren t cheesy romance novels blech And although this one dances dangerously close to being a romance, it ultimately stays grounded in serious historical fiction The author s description of Native American life, culture, values, and beliefs amidst the turmoil of the English invasion of their homeland is captivating, and the best part of this book.However, the author herself admits that when she read Mary Rowlandson s original account she was turned off by her racist and xenophobic point of view, and felt she needed to make it and herrelatable While she succeeds in this, she ultimately makes Mary a little too modern her changes in thinking and the way she views the world after her experiences mirror something a 21st century person would say or,accurately, what we HOPE a 21st century person would say Mary s revelations are our modern ideal, not our modern norm Although this is pervasive throughout the second half of the book, it is most succinctly captured in this sentence She is mindful of her clean, confining clothes the tight bodice and sleeves, the hard shoes that pinch her feet, her cinched in waist She becomes abruptly aware of how her clothes restrict her and promote her submission ReallyThat s some very 2nd wave feminism right there just a couple steps away from bra burning There are also some general linguistic nitpicks the author writes that insert native American character said something spoke gave an order in a language Mary could not understand enough times that I was rolling my eyes by the end of it However, overall I think this is a worthwhile book to read and covers a topic not often explored seriously in literature and explored way too often in cheesy, slightly racist romance novels TEN STARS to Amy Belding Brown s Flight of the Sparrow Couldn t put it down For the past several years I have felt that every book tells the same old sad stories just cast with characters of different names descriptions You would think the old south has nothing but poor little rich debutantes rebelling against their planned marriages If I see another secrets revealed book where the heroine finds her great grandmother s lost love letters in a trunk in the attic or hidden behind a floor board, I fear I may retreat from reading new authors completely.At last, something different The novel is based on a narrative written Mary Rowlandson, a real woman who actually was alive once upon a time This is a story of a Puritan wife mother living in the Massachusetts Bay Colony who was captured by Indians Mary was already feeling constricted by the strict rules of her Puritan husband and the Puritan community Her life with her Indian captors causes her to reconsider what she has always been taught and believed about the true meaning of freedom and independence This is a story of survival, hope, and understanding love at its deepest levels It was a mesmerizing story that leaves the reader considering your own meanings of freedom, independence, and love Now to go back and read Ms Brown s first novel Mr Emerson s Wife Then eagerly anticipate her next work. Audiobook 178 There is always something special about reading a novel based on the life of an actual person This book is abut Mary Rowlandson, married to a preacher and living in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1676 She and her three children are captured by Indians, and kept for three months until she is ransomed The Puritan society was a harsh, judgmental society, one to which I am so happy not to have belonged The husband is the head of the household and all must submit Children are not treated with much affection and even grieving is not allowed, everything is God s will and any emotion is seen as taking away from the glory of the Lord.Horrified at her captivity, she eventually learns to love the sounds of nature, the freedom the Indians have and the wonderfully affectionate way they treat their children When she is ransomed she has trouble fitting back into strait laced society that now views her as tainted.The story of her life is fascinating, the way she can see and empathize with the fates of the Indian She realizes things are not as clear cut as they are presented Wonderfully written book, vey thought provoking about the end of certain tribes on the East coast and how they were treated The authors s note relates extensively what is true and what isn t as well as updating the reader about the lives of the actual people portrayed within these pages Here is link to the actual story penned by Mary a story that became a best seller in her day.ARC from publisher. She throws the bird up into the air, but it drops to the snow, flaps its wings twice and flutters toward the cage Mary stares down at it The cage is the only home Row has known With all the strength that she can muster, she kicks the cage away The bird rises, turns west, then north, darts over the roof of the house, and is instantly gone And we are left with the impending transformation of Mary White Rowlandson Perhaps it is not only Mary s metamorphosis, but admittedly, our own This is a story of how unspeakable tragedy closes the door on one s former sense of self No going back Forever changed and never the same Eyes that see the world with a new vision while standing upon an unfamiliar precipice Surviving, and yet not.I was drawn to Amy Belding Brown s book for many reasons As a genealogist, I have come across Colonial family members who were the victims of attacks and massacres by Native Americans during the King Philip War and the French and Indian War The parallels to Mary Rowlandson s experiences and to family members within my lineage were uncanny They never lived to have the opportunity to tell their stories Mary was the voice of the voiceless This book is historical fiction, but based upon the actual captivity of Mary Rowlandson Amy Belding Brown presents the life of Puritan America while also presenting the often denied humanity of the Native Americans It is a story of relationships between husband and wife, parent and child, community members and strangers, and captor and captive With the shock of horrendous episodes in life comes the reality that our life circle flows in a completely different direction..touching ground that we are forced to tread.I highly recommend Flight of the Sparrow You will come to realize that your own sparrow may have a remarkable name never before spoken.