Monday, August 11, 2014

Under an Evil Star by Annette Ranald

I received this book though Librarything for free in exchange for an honest review. It is about the Donner Party as told by Louis Keseberg who was one of the survivors. The Donner Party tragedy is remembered for a variety of reasons including the cannibalism which took place. There has always been controversy concerning Louis Keseberg, cannibalism and murder.
I have always been interested in the story of the Donner Party and this book did not let me down. I found it to be very interesting although a few facts were left out and there were a couple of inaccuracies. It really gives you pause for thought as to whether history needs to rewrite Louis Keseberg and his role in this sad piece of history. I found the description of the dire circumstances faced by the party and the first person narrative of Louis Keseberg very convincing. Overall, I found the book a very enjoyable read and I was transported not only to the harsh winter of 1846-47 that they faced but also into the mind of a man who very possibly has been condemned by history. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Donner Party tragedy.

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