Review: BUFFALO GORDON ON THE PLAINS by J.P. Sinclair Lewis

Some participants do not have blogs of their own, but we like to give them an opportunity to express their opinions about the books they read for the reading challenges.

In this case, Reva has sent along a few words on her recent read for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  She read Buffalo Gordon on the Plains by J.P. Sinclair Lewis.

Here’s what she had to say:

As the Civil War winds down, Nate Gordon, a runaway slave turned buffalo soldier is ordered to command his black troups out west as they face the task of controlling or eradicating the Indian nation.

The South is left in ruins: burned plantations, no crops or animals for food, carpetbaggers bullying the citizenry. People everywhere want a new start, heading for the fertile plains of the West. Government officials are more than willing to move the Indians off their lands for political and financial profit.

Nate Gordon and his buffalo soldiers are ordered into the fight against the red man. Indians hold the moral high ground but everyone else has the power and deceptive “forked tongues”.

Gordon meets Generals Custer and Sheridan, Buffalo Bill Cody, Kit Carson, mountain men who mine the streams, bushwhackers and gamblers, Indians who kill and Indians who save lives. A rough and tumble read with much history, reminding me of the old Western movies.

**Attention participants: Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**

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