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Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. Juli 2014

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Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson is the first hand biographical story written by Mary Rowlandson. Rowlandson, a colonial woman in Lancaster, Massachusetts during the late 17th century, was captured by Native Americans for seven week and five days. Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson has been one of the most popular captivity narratives and is highly recommended for those who are interested in American history and those who enjoy reading captivity narratives.

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Mary Rowlandson, née White, later Mary Talcott (c. 1637 – January 5, 1711) was a colonial American woman who was captured by Native Americans during King Philip's War and held for 11 weeks before being ransomed.

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1675 wurde die Pastorengattin Mary Rowlandson, nach einem Indianerüberfall auf die Siedlung Lancaster, zusammen mit ihren 3 Kindern von den Angreifern gefangen genommen. 11 Wochen und 5 Tage lebte sie bei den Indianern. Diese Aufzeichnung war wohl eigentlich für den privaten Gebrauch, als Erinnerung, gedacht. Daher ist es verständlich, dass der Text stilistisch eher mäßig ist und hauptsächlich aus Aufzählungen besteht: then… then… then…
Meist erzählt sie, was es zu essen gab oder eben nicht. Wie und wo sie schlafen musste. Wann sie wen der anderen Gefangenen sah, was die Indianer wann machten.
Das ist nicht sonderlich spannend erzählt, aber ein authentisches Zeitdokument.
Teilweise nervt die Autorin den Leser jedoch extrem, weil sie für jede Situation die passende Bibelstelle hat und diese auch zitiert. Ohne diese nervigen Bibelzitate wäre der Text sicherlich deutlich lesbarer. Aber was erwartet man von einer Pfarrersfrau.
Letztendlich jedoch, bekommt man einen recht guten Einblick in das Leben der letzten Wampanoag während King Philip’s War. Meracomet war ihr Häuptling, der von den Weißen jedoch Phlip genannt wurde. Sein Volk war am Verhungern und sie wollten und brauchten ihr Land zurück, um zu überleben. Mary beschreibt, wie sie Pferdefüße essen und Fleisch, in dem schon die Maden leben. Das machten diese Menschen jedoch sicherlich nicht zum Spaß, sie hungerten und behandelten die Gefangenen dennoch respektvoll. Mary gesteht dies den „Heiden“ zu. Keiner hat sie je unehrenhaft berührt, ihr Herr kümmerte sich um sie, wenn er da war, seine Frau jedoch eher nicht. Das ist menschlich, auch Christen behandeln ihre Dienstleute unterschiedlich gut zu jener Zeit.
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Mary Rowlandson's account stands on its own. In all fairness however, in an enlightened society, any reprints of this pious woman's experience should include a much more complete account of the whole situation. Some facts that should be included in the introduction: 1. It was these same Indians who saved the first pilgrims from starvation and were their friends for many years. They were the Indians we honor at Thanksgiving. 2. Pious and arrogant settlers stole the Indian's land and livelihood, threatening their very survival. 3. Pushed too far, the warriors were striking back in self defense; trying to save their starving families. 3. The British army virtually exterminated the Indians and sold the few survivors, mostly women and children, into slavery in the West Indies. 4. King Phillip was killed; his head put on display in Plymouth for 20 years. Even in 1999, I see no evidence of justice or Christian love in any part of this book. Nor is there evidence that Mary Rowlandson was mistreated by her captors. Why not let history speak for itself lest someone not understand the whole story? Mary Rowlandson found herself clinging to life...just as her captors were clinging to theirs. Who were the savages here?
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HASH(0x9aa0478c) von 5 Sternen True history written by the person who was there!!! 14. Oktober 2001
Von Matthew Bowers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've recently started reading a lot of history. For the most part, I only read books like this one that are taken from diaries. Just like the review written by "plum nuts", most of what we get is revisionist history. None of what he wrote has to do with real truth. You can't ask Mary Rowlandson, but you don't need to, just read her diary!
I have the original 1930 copy of this edition still being sold.
The book is her exact diary starting from the original bloody attack by the Indians in which most of the people were killed and 24 others were kidnapped and ending when she regained freedom. There are also some notes along the way at the bottom of pages which are there to fill in what her family was doing to regain her freedom, which Mary did not know about.
In the 1930 Preface, it states that this is one of America's most highly treasured books & that in 1930 it had been republished more than any but the most famous books. I know it is one of my most treasured!!! ...
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HASH(0x9aa311e0) von 5 Sternen The first American Best-seller, writen by a woman 14. Oktober 2009
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I read this good book, here in Brazil. I read it for free reading, on an internet site. This book was writen in XVII century and was the first American best-seller ever writen by a woman.
Mary White Rowlandson (about 1637 - January 1711) was a colonial English woman, married with a Puritan minister, who was captured by Native Americans during the King Philip's War. After be released, Mary White Rowlandson wrote this book about her experience.
In this book, the author wrote things, such as this:"Now away we must go with those barbarous creatures, with our bodies wounded and bleeding and our hearts no less than our bodies."
And beyond doubt, Mrs. White had faith in God. In fact, in almost all pages of this book, you can see words such as bible, God, Lord, etc.
Why I, a Brazilian, decided to read this book?
Because I wanted to know the kind of persons that began, the strongest economic and military power of all history. And this book, even talking about a time centuries away, remains a good book to read.
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HASH(0x9aa39654) von 5 Sternen The first American Best-seller, writen by a woman 8. Oktober 2009
Von Dalton C. Rocha - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I read this good book, here in Brazil. This book was writen in the XVII century and is the first American Best-seller, writen by a woman.
Please I didn't read this ediction published by Dodo Press, but an old ediction available online.
The author, Mary White was born in England, but she immigrated with her family to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and grew up there. Mary White married Joseph Rowlandson, a Puritan minister.
She was a deeply religious woman; a true puritan, as you can read in this book. In fact, Mary White writes about God and bible, in almost every page of this short book. Another reviewer told that that Mary White was unfair with the Indians, but she never wrote that her treatment by the Indians, could be better.
The Indians coud not win or even survive, to the war led against them by the whites.
And they know this fact.
The American Indian King Philip or Metacomet was knowed, by the author of this book. In fact, King Philip or Metacomet was the leader of the Indians that captured Mary White. King Philip or Metacomet was murdered by another Indian, in 1676.
Good things in this book:
1- No fiction. All facts are true, even with prejudices, normal when this book was writen.
2- No contaminations with leftists liars borned after this book was writen, such as Jean Jacques Rousseau or Karl Marx. The savages of this book are the real savages, not the hoax of the "good savage" created by Jean Jacques Rousseau.
3- If you want to read the caracter of the persons that started, the strongest military and economic power of all times, this book is a good choice to begin.
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HASH(0x9afaabe8) von 5 Sternen Deserves to be a best-seller even today 25. September 2013
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Mary Rowlandson was the first American bestselling author. Her book was a memoir of her captivity among the New England Native Americans during King Philip's War. While it is entitled The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, part of that goodness is God's use of the Natives to punish the Puritans for religious backsliding. She says that by 1675, just a generation after the Mayflower, the Puritans were "perverse and evil...in the sight of the Lord". God "feeds and nourishes" the Native Americans to "be a scourge to the whole land".

Not your idea of Christianity?

Well, you should read this short book to see how the colonists in New England understood the world they lived in.

Mary went through hell and lived to write about it.

Enraged at the expansion of the Puritans, large numbers of Native Americans rose up in what the English called King Philip's War. They raided Mary's town and took her and her three children captive. Mary's youngest daughter was shot through the bowels and died a slow and agonized death. Mary found comfort in sleeping next to the corpse of her beloved child, but then had to give her body up to the forest.

Everything, and I mean everything, that happens to Mary is interpreted by her through the verses of scripture. She sees God's hand in her suffering and in her redemption.

The book is worth reading in itself, but it also has significant wider importance.

Mary Rowlandson helped create a literary genre, the captivity narrative, that was one of the commonest early American literary forms. These were "true" stories of, typically, women who were captured during Indian raids and who struggled to maintain a European Christian life in the midst of "savages". This for would later be immortalized in The Last of the Mohicans and in movies like The Searchers.

The book also helped crystallize the image of the Native American as untrustworthy and in league with Satan. Rowlandson tells readers that even Christianized Indians who assisted the colonists were secretly madmen and killers.
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HASH(0x9aa2e558) von 5 Sternen interesting historical narrative 14. November 2012
Von Farmer Brown - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Anyone who is interested in first-hand accounts of early American history will enjoy this quick read about being attacked and captured by Indians and living with them during the King Philip's War. This story brings to life the wilderness of Massachusetts in 1675.
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