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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (85 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shelton Johnson Narrator: Shelton Johnson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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Born on Emancipation Day, 1863, to a sharecropping family of African and Indian blood, Elijah Yancy never lived as a slave, but his self-image as a free person is at war with his surroundings: Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the Reconstructed South. Exiled for his own survival as a teenager, Elijah walks west to the Nebraska plains and, like other rootless young African-American men of that era, joins the U.S. Cavalry. The trajectory of Elijah's army career parallels the nation's imperial adventures in the late nineteenth century: subduing Native Americans in the West and quelling rebellion in the Philippines.

Haunted by the terrors endured by black Americans and by his part in persecuting other people of color, Elijah is sustained only by visions, memories, prayers, and his questing spirit - which ultimately finds a home when his troop is posted to guard the newly created Yosemite National Park in 1903. Here, living with little beyond mountain light, cold rivers, campfires, and stars, he becomes a man who owns himself completely, while knowing he's left pieces of himself scattered along his life's path like pebbles on a creekbed. Elijah's narrative voice - poetic, rhythmically cadenced, ranging freely through time - makes this novel a literary meditation on finding a self and a spiritual home, while unveiling a little-known chapter of America's past.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/16/2014

    " I noticed this book at the gift shop in Yosemite and decided to borrow it from the library. It's about Elijah Yancey, born in the South just after the official end of slavery. As he grows up, he discovers he can't live in a town where the mere fact that he walks on the sidewalk that the whites expect is only for them creates a threat to his family. He sets out on his own cross country, signs up for the Calvary, and ends up patrolling Yosemite on horseback. The book is written in the format of a memoir, and Johnson's descriptions of people, places, thoughts & feelings are so believable that I kept forgetting I was reading a novel and not a true story. I think this book would be an excellent choice for the Big Read or similar citywide book discussion. It's rich in discussion material on diverse topics such as racism, history, geography, and spirituality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/2/2014

    " Beautifully written. It takes Elijah Yancy a long time to get to Yosemite, but it's worth the wait. And everything he's gone through beforehand makes what he finds for himself in Yosemite even more precious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/20/2014

    " Shelton Johnson's story is a wonderful depiction of the life of a buffalo soldier just after Emancipation Day in the late 1800s. His descriptions are superb! He finds his true home at his posting to Yosemite. A truly great story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 1/14/2014

    " The book was amazing, which is not to say that the criticisms I read are not also accurate. It is more poetry than plot, but since I didn't know what to expect going in, I was not disappointed. The use of simile and metaphor was the amazing part but I, also, found myself wanting more of a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/13/2014

    " A novel about buffalo soldiers in Yosemite, abck in the days when the US Army ran the park. Ok, but it dragged a bit for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/1/2013

    " A really interesting book that is a story I didn't know -- about the experience of a black cavalry soldier in the late 19th and early 20th century; and about the beginning of Yosemite Park. The author is a National Park Ranger, and his obvious love of Yosemite shines through this wonderful tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 10/2/2013

    " Story of a Buffalo Soldier who also was one of the first national forest rangers at Yosemite. Author is actual ranger at Yosemite and this is based on his great-grandfather. Very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/4/2013

    " This book was a little heavily poetic for my taste, a bit slow going, but a good story about some little-known history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katra | 4/20/2013

    " This is a book that must be read slowly and savored. Buy it. You'll want to highlight and reread sections over and over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Staff Favorites | 2/28/2013

    " A beautiful, lyrical novel to savor and remember. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 2/12/2013

    " Interesting topic. Writte by a Buffalo soldier who is assigned to patrol Yosemite National Park. Very poetic, descriptive author but at times the plot lagged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie | 12/14/2012

    " As one of the reviewers says... very poetic. A beautiful telling of the internal and external environment from the perspective of a Buffalo soldier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/26/2012

    " After seeing Johnson in Ken Burns's national park documentary, I had high hopes for this novel. Sadly I was disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 8/3/2012

    " Wonderful first novel by this author. I've always wanted to visit Yosemite; now even more so after reading so many beautiful passages in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Day | 5/18/2012

    " A memorable meditation on freedom and life--I couldn't stop turning pages down I wanted to find again. Shelton Johnson not only knows Yosemite and his buffalo soldier character intimately, but he writes--and thinks-- beautifully. Bravo! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/16/2012

    " One of my favorite books I have ever read. Beuatifully written, I just loved it so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S.K. Henning | 5/11/2012

    " Beautifully written book about a buffalo soldier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/28/2012

    " much spiritual bonding w/ the glory of nature "

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