Trade Paperbacks, Older Editions, and Miscellaneous for October 2012
By Greg Burgas
This has to be one of the earliest examples of a popular book being quickly turned into a movie, as John Ford’s adaptation of it (with Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert) came out in 1939, just three years after publication.
It’s a pretty good book, remarkably modern, and pretty exciting. Edmonds has a keen eye for the detail of the Mohawk Valley in New York, probably because he was born in upstate New York.
Edmonds is good with a large cast, too–Gil and Lana are the stars, but there are plenty of others, too, showing the many different kinds of people who lived and worked during this traumatic time.
I've seen the movie but haven't read the book. You can read my review of it here.
As I said, the movie also offers Native portrayals that aren't black and white. I gave it an 8.0 of 10.
For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Movies.