Monday, December 22, 2014
Book review: The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic by John Putnam Demos
I wanted the book to be fascinating but instead it was quite dry. It did pick up the pace in the second half with the scandal, and the very few, brief parts of the book where the author spoke personally of his visits to the pertinent areas were easy to read and smoothly written. But otherwise, it was a bit of a slog. In particular, there were long sections set apart in indentations like quotations, but I do not believe they were quotations, but instead were sections where he quoted liberally from documents which was awkward. And he just gave way too many details without enough action or movement. It was static and staid. I did learn some interesting facts about an odd little nook in our country's history, but I wish it had been written in a more accessible, less academic style.
I checked this book out of the library.