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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,835 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Conrad Richter Narrator: Joel Fabiani Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 1953 ISBN: 9781436147750
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“True Son’s heart felt like a stone. How could this fantastic and inferior figure in a long fawn-colored garment like a woman’s be possibly anything to him—this pallid creature who revealed his feelings in front of all! In the boy’s mind came the picture of his Indian father. How differently he would have looked and acted. With what dignity and restraint he could conduct himself in any situation, in peace or war, in council or the hunt, with pipe or tomahawk, rifle, or scalping knife. This weak and pale-skinned man was nothing beside him ‘He’s not my father,’ he said.”—from The Light in the Forest. Johnny Butler was just four years old when his Lenni Lenape “father,” Cuyloga, spoke the words that siphoned out his white blood and put Indian blood in its place. Now the Yengwes, the white soldiers, were taking him back to his “true” home. Inside of him hate and anger spread like poisons. The Light in the Forest, by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Conrad Richter, will touch a new generation with its lasting truths.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An absorbing story, marked by Mr. Richter's uncanny skill in recapturing the atmosphere of the past.” New York Times Book Review
  • “A fine and rare experience.”

    New York Herald Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuk Ho Wu | 2/18/2014

    " I really liked this book because this story is about who different groups of people such as the white settlers and the Indians who were living in Ohio. This story is pretty much based on a white boy who grew up with Indians and he learned Indian ways as a prisoner in Ohio. The reason why I like this book is because it is about how a little white boy that Indians dislikes is raised in their very own village but when the day True son had to return, many events begin to occur. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Taylor Mayes | 2/8/2014

    " i had to read this for school "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 2/7/2014

    " Read this in middle school...musta been damn good cuz it stuck with me up til today at 35 yrs old picking out memorable books on a website! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Xiao Wen | 1/14/2014

    " This book let me think of one touching sentence which is about the love between the parents and the children, the sentence is "The one who grows you is more important than the one who gives you birth". Actually this is true because except your life, the one who grows you gives you everything you need. Even though this sentence is saying the parents that abandon their children, but True Son's situation is similar. To the abandoned children, their parents are strangers, and to True Son, Lenni Lenape is totally strange to him. Although he is white, but inside his body, in his blood, he is a complete Indian, and he does not expect to change the "fact". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isabel | 1/13/2014

    " This book had no purpose. Had to read in fifth grade. NO FUN!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jared | 1/13/2014

    " I don't know why I thought of this book. I had to read it in 7th grade and I just remember hating it. It had plenty of things I should have liked in it, but, no dice. So if you ever find yourself in 7th grade and your teacher wants you to read it, consider transferring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/6/2014

    " This is a treasured book from childhood that I reread to my own children about six or seven years ago. Richter was an obsessive historical researcher and his books are beautifully detailed and salted with facts about everyday life. This tale of a white boy raised by Indians and later repatriated to domestic colonial life is gripping but grim. Don't get too attached to the characters in Richter's books because they don't stay around too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/29/2013

    " Loved it. Thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/28/2013

    " A book for teens, this book touches on topics relevant to that age group. It also challenges the Euro-American view of history and the people who lived in America when they arrived. It doesn't have a happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalia | 12/28/2013

    " This is not one of my favorite books, it's okay, but nothing great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 12/7/2013

    " Paradigm shifting kind of a book, but a rather sad ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shellie | 11/30/2013

    " loved it, especially learning more about native american life "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/11/2013

    " One of the books I read in grade-school and still remember, so it must have been great! "

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

    " I would actually give this book a 3.5 rating, but am not willing to stretch it to a 4. I was definitely moved after reading the novel, however do remember noting minor setbacks in the writing. I have to give credit where it is due, though, and commend the author on a well-written work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mommy Farris | 9/10/2013

    " A book my father loved and wanted me to love. I wish I did. I'm afraid I may have let him believe I liked it much more than I really did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hoa Nguyen | 6/22/2013

    " I loved how the author took a view on different sides of life and touched me with this story. This is the book I would always remember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catie | 4/3/2013

    " I had to read this book in school. I didn't like it that much at the begining. By the end it was one of my favorite books i have read. There were many good lessons learned. My teacher was even reading it out loud and started crying!!! I suggest you read it!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zola | 8/24/2012

    " I read this once in school and I remember that I enjoyed it, but it's due for a re-read methinks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 6/3/2012

    " One of my favorite books. The main character is a white boy, kidnapped and raised by a local indian tribe, who then is returned to his biological family when he is a young teen. This set up enables the reader to be able to see the conflict between whites and indians from both sides. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 3/30/2012

    " A fantastic book, even without the happily ever after. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/23/2012

    " We read this as part of our early American history studies. It was pretty heavy, and not at all happy, but gave a very interesting view of early settlers vs. Native Americans. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/25/2011

    " The ending was really sad. I don't like to read sad books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 6/21/2011

    " This was a sad, disappointing novel. There was no concept. It told about the life of an English and Indian boy with no exciting parts and boring choice of words. I do not recommend this novel unless you like hard and boring books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 6/12/2011

    " I read this book so many times as a kid, and still often reread it. A tale about a white boy raised by Indians, and given back to his white family while a teenager. He does not belong fully with either group, and never will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/3/2011

    " Interesting and the ending is kind of sad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelcie(: | 4/17/2011

    " .5 stars.HATED THIS BOOK. read it for school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 3/21/2011

    " A fantastic book, even without the happily ever after. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Geny | 3/20/2011

    " Would've given it 4 or 5 stars, but then I read the last chapter... I hate books that end like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleele | 1/11/2011

    " Read numerous times because I used to teach middle school language arts. A great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/25/2010

    " This is a good book...if you are about 8 or younger. Maybe even 11. After that, well, it might seem a little stupid. I picked this book, and I always pick good books from a random row of books. Just read it, but you might want to give it to a kid so that he/she might enjoy it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Riv | 12/24/2010

    " Meh.
    The ending was depressing, but not in a tear-jerking, heartfelt, "poor kid!" way, but in an annoying, "That was stupid" way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalia | 12/8/2010

    " This is not one of my favorite books, it's okay, but nothing great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christian | 12/2/2010

    " Good novel. They could have made longer and better. It was a cheesy 200 page book. Otherwise, it was great. I love the theme of making descions, between his white family and his indian family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 10/19/2010

    " meh. BUT THIS BOOK WAS SAD! CUYLOGA DEFENDS TRUE SON AND THEN HE'S ALL LIKE, "you're not my son anymore" AND THEN HE JUST LEAVES HIM WITH THE WITES AND TRUE SON IS ALL DISTRAUGHT AND EVERYTHING AND IT'S JUST DEPRESSING!! GRAHH!! "

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