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Caleb's Crossing - Geraldine Brooks
Caleb's Crossing
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Once again, Geraldine Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith,... show more
Once again, Geraldine Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island's glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe's shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb's crossing of cultures. Like Brooks's beloved narrator Anna in Year of Wonders, Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha's Vineyard and the intimate spaces of the human heart. Evocative and utterly absorbing, Caleb's Crossing further establishes Brooks's place as one of our most acclaimed novelists.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780670021048 (0670021040)
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 300
Edition language: English
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Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it
4.0 Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
The only thing that made me select this book was Geraldine Brooks' name on the cover. She has an amazing talent that I have enjoyed in her other books, so, despite this one covering an era of history that I am generally uninterested in, I decided to give it a try. Elements are here that I was draw...
DubaiReader
DubaiReader rated it
3.0 The first Native American to graduate from Harvard University
The first Native American to graduate from Harvard University.This was the fourth book I'd read by Geraldine Brooks, whose novel, The Year of Wonders is one of my all-time favourites. Unfortunately Caleb's Crossing didn't quite grab me in the same way, possibly because the historical character didn'...
Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart rated it
5.0
I was first introduced to Geraldine Brooks during an excellent course on historical novels. When our class decided to have a book club, to keep the momentum and fun going, this book was the first one we chose.The titular Caleb is a Manitouwak native American who lives on what is now known as Martha'...
aka Grasshopper
aka Grasshopper rated it
4.0 Giving Thanks for Sexy Puritans
This is a terrific book. I've read and admired Geraldine Brooks since reading March several years ago so I expected to like this a lot. She has the ability to create memorable characters who inhabit their surroundings in totally believable ways. But her settings are anything but commonplace. This no...
Sarah's Library
Sarah's Library rated it
4.0 Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
19/9 - Considering it's titled Caleb's Crossing I was surprised to find it narrated by Bethia Mayfield. It is 1660 and Bethia is the middle child of the minister of the newly settled Martha's Vineyard. She is an intelligent girl, but her father is like most men of the time and believes that there ...
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