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4.0 out of 5 stars A very informative read, 18 July 2012
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This review is from: Manituana (Paperback)
Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora are the tribes that comprised the six Iroquois nations. The novel, Manituana, uses the life of Joseph Brant (a Mohawk interpreter who takes a personal role in protecting his people) between the years 1773 and 1779, to tell how the Six Nations fared in the American Revolution. The Six Nations fought on behalf of the British during the French-Indian wars, and when the American Revolution started, the federation of tribes was still loyal to King George.
This is the third book from the collective of Italian writers known as the "Wu Ming Foundation" to be translated and published in English. The first two were "Q" (a tale of the Reformation published under the name of "Luther Blissett") and "54" (a story about post war Yugoslavia and its leader, President Tito).
As with the earlier novels, Manituana uses historically accurate settings and the lives of real people, to weave a story that brings to light the impact of real events on individuals, their families and their compatriots.
I find enjoyment in the history I read in Wu Ming's books and in the emotions the stories stirred up in me. When I get to the end of one of their books I have learnt facts I didn't know before, I have gotten to know characters whom I never knew existed, and I feel the story, as told, is very plausible.
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