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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 Fabian Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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". "

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