POCAHONTAS AND HER WORLD by Frances Carpenter

POCAHONTAS AND HER WORLD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Through its continual reference to Pocahontas' fine points-beauty, bravery, intelligence, leadership etc.- this turns into more of a cuology than an enlightening description of Virginia immediately before and after the English came to settle at Jamestown. The book is divided into two parts, the first of which is devoted to episodes from Pocahontas' youth. But if from these we learn something of Indian festivals, religion, justice and daily living we are far too impressed with the virtue and rightness of it all for any of the information to have a lasting effect. The tendency to pronounce things ""good"" and ""bad"" and to surmise unimaginatively on obvious outcomes carries over into the second part and Pocahontas' role as intermediary and later as wife of John Rolfe. Material shows that the author has looked carefully into the period but a dull narrative style weakens the outcome of her efforts.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1957
Publisher: Knopf