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The Interpreter [Paperback]

Robert Moss
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16 July 1998
Moss tells the story of Pennsylvania's Indian agent during the French and Indian War, Conrad Weiser, one of the greatest American pioneers. As a young teenager, he participates in the revolt of the German settlers against the British colonial agents of New York, the first rebellion in the British colonies. Later his father sends him to live among the Mohawks, where he learns their language and customs and finds his personal mission in life: to be a guide and interpreter. When the German settlers are evicted from their lands, he leads the resistance. Ultimately, he leads many of his people to Pennsylvania, where they carve farms and a new life out of the wilderness and where Weiser wins enduring renown.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (16 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812548485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812548488
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,138,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A view to new worlds 27 Oct 2005
I found this book compelling, enchanting and in parts, moving. Robert Moss is well versed in the wisdom of the native american people and his book essentially is exploration and insight into their world. There are different strands and stories running through this book but the description and drama of Dream-travel, initiation and the stuff of the soul is where Robert Moss's talent lies. The landscapes he paints are fine, but some of the characters especially the English and French 'entrepeneurs' are a little one dimensional, although they were probably like that in real life! There are a few weak moments in the Book when Moss falls into using the book as a mothpiece for himself (and the magic fails) as when The Indian Shaman Longhair bewails the human tendency to fall into 'collective belief territories'. But this only happens once. A grand achievement. A fascinating journey!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book. Nice work of historical fiction. 21 Oct 2000
By "lwandapang" - Published on Amazon.com
Some Native American nations thought dreams were significant--sacred even. This is a beautiful take on dreams, with the historical Mohawk interpreter as a central character. I enjoyed it immensely. Nice cover too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure, history and dreaming woven into a powerful saga. 6 July 2007
By Robyn Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is fine historical fiction: well-written, exciting, and carefully researched. It pulled me right into the stream of events, and left me seeking out history books to learn more. This is one of those books that you just don't want to end. Moss blends the very complex subject into a cohesive, fascinating narrative. Conrad Weiser's story vividly expresses the sacrifice, challenges, and richness of the life of an "interpreter" who bridges different worlds.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Historical 14 April 2014
By Terry L. White - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book so this copy went to a friend. I have not heard how she liked it, but I am sure she did.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical protrayal 5 Aug 2013
By kaye - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read the non-fiction counterparts to this story and this book did justice to the actual historical events. Good read.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Interpreter: Conrad Weiser 18 Aug 2012
By Kim Burdick - Published on Amazon.com
"The Interpreter" is a fictionalized account of life on the New York and Pennsylvania frontiers. Conrad Weiser, the main character in this book, was a real person and a major player in 18th century negotiations with the American Indians.

Expanding upon Weiser's well-documented adventures would have made this a stronger, more cohesive work. What begins as magnificent historical fiction ends in a fantasy of active dreaming.

Although the title calls this "a story of two worlds," and the reader may assume the second world is the world of dreams, Moss's books in this particular trilogy have so far been about the meshing of the American Indian and the European-American worlds.

My impresion is that Moss was not as excited by Conrad Weiser as he had anticipated. The second half of this book is a creative haze, whiting out Weiser's very significant contributions to frontier relationships.

Do read "The Firekeeper" and/or "Fire Along the Sky" by this author. Both are excellent works of historical fiction.

Moss is a very talented writer. I think "The Interpreter" could have and should have been, much better.

Kim Burdick
Stanton, Delaware
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