2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is not a very good book.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Drums of Change: The Story of Running Fawn (Women of the West (Sagebrush)) (School & Library Binding)
I agree with the reader from Basingstoke; this book definitely isn't one of Oke's best. Janette Oke has written some really good books, very enjoyable ones, like the "Canadian West" and the "Love Comes Softly" series. Unfortunately something happened to "Drums of Change." There really isn't anything good to say about it other than that it is all right if you want something light to read and don't have anything better. None of the characters were likeable, least of all Running Fawn herself. In fact, I thought this whole book was rather insulting to Indians. Take Running Fawn's insane bathing episode, for instance. I think this scene was supposed to be cute, or pathetic, or something, but it instead makes Indians look plain dumb. Running Fawn's attempt at running away was just about as crazy. Again, you're supposed to feel sorry for her, but her stupidity just makes one annoyed at her. Then, on top of all that, there's this missionary who first saw her when he was nearly twenty and Running Fawn was, like, six years old; then when she grows up he decides he likes her. So then you are disgusted with the missionary. I have nothing against a guy wanting to marry someone half his age, (someone whom he's watched grow up from a little kid!) but Oke should have rationalized his sudden interest and given us a good reason for it instead of springing it on us... Overall, I wasn't very impressed with this book. It seemed rather stereotypical and also degrading to the intelligence of Indians. And no, I am not an Indian. But I still didn't like the book.