Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks has written a stiff and improbable account of the life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. Brooks stumbles with the era and presents the reader with an insipid key character in Bethia, and a relationship between Bethia and Caleb that wanes under the plot points that strive to keep them together. Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, as a historical character, must certainly have had a very remarkable life for his times and it is a ignominy that the account does not reflect that.

2 Stars

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