ACROSS THE ENDLESS RIVER by Thad Carhart
Read: Oct 20 - Nov 3
Source: FSB Associates for review
My thanks to Anna Suknov of FSB Associates who sent me this book for review. It fit right in to the time frame of history that I am currently reading so I really enjoyed the insights that it gave.
This book is a fictional account of the life of Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, the son of Sacagawea who was born during the great exploration of Lewis & Clark. Starting with a short account of the exploration, the story continues with the tales of his youth and visits to Europe (across the endless river= Atlantic Ocean).
The author includes numerous facts of Baptiste's life while weaving an entertaining though unverified story of his travels with Duke Paul of Württemberg. Mainly, the book strives to show the difference between the two worlds that he is part of - the Indian world from his mother and the European or civilized world from his father. It has a tendency to drag when the areas of Natural history were being discussed, but overall, it was entertaining and educational combined together. The love story that went throughout was definitely very understated.