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In 1736, Nelson Blake, 34, was captured by some Iroquois and kept as a slave. Ten years later, his wife ransomed him. Blake told few details about his ten-year captivity except that those ten years were the happiest years in his life. Two and a half centuries later, his captivity caught the interest of a history professor and writer, Ernest Hebert. Hebert put together a fictionalized story of Blake's captivity into which Hebert introduces much historical detail about the Indians and the pioneers. The term "American" was originally applied to the Indians. The "Old American" is Caucus-Meteor, who captured Blake. The two men learn to respect each other. Hebert tells this story in a way that touches your heart and opens your eyes to how truly human all of us are.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   American colonial period Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   American Indian Other aspects:    -   best friends Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   American Indian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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