Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Native American in Paris

 "It's 1888 and Paris is a city drunk on its own beauty . . . "

This is the setting for Black Elk in Paris. Its a time in history when the Eiffel Tower was revealed and some were not impressed.  Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show from America is performing and with the show is a medicine man, Black Elk.   He is left in Paris and can only think of going back home.  He is desperately homesick.  Readers will relate with this feeling when leaving home for the first time.  It could be a deep sadness or even come with physical symptoms.  While spending this time in Paris, Black Elk meets Tic-Toc, a doctor and the family he cares for.  One of the daughters, Madou, is fascinated with the medicine man and tired of the conventions and limitations of the time.

Horsley writes this historical fiction about an actual Native American character that did in fact go with Buffalo Bill to Paris.  If you would like to know more about the man and his life check out Black Elk Lives by Esther Black Elk DeSersa.

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