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Little Big Man

A Novel
Berger, Thomas (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"The truth is always made up of little particulars which sound ridiculous when repeated." So says Jack Crabb, the 111-year-old narrator of Thomas Berger's 1964 masterpiece of American fiction, Little Big Man . Berger claimed the Western as serious literature with this savage and epic account of one man's extraordinary double life. After surviving the massacre of his pioneer family, ten-year-old Jack is adopted by an Indian chief who nicknames him Little Big Man. As a Cheyenne, he feasts on dog, loves four wives, and sees his people butchered by horse soldiers commanded by General George Armstrong Custer. Later, living as a white man once more, he hunts the buffalo to near-extinction, tangles with Wyatt Earp, cheats Wild Bill Hickok, and fights in the Battle of Little Bighorn alongside Custer himself--a man he'd sworn to kill. Hailed by The Nation as "a seminal event," Little Big Man is a singular literary achievement that, like its hero, only gets better with age. Praise for Little Big Man "An epic such as Mark Twain might have given us." --Henry Miller "The very best novel ever about the American West." -- The New York Times Book Review "Spellbinding . . . [Crabb] surely must be one of the most delightfully absurd fictional fossils ever unearthed." -- Time "Superb . . . Berger's success in capturing the points of view and emotional atmosphere of a vanished era is uncanny. His skill in characterization, his narrative power and his somewhat cynical humor are all outstanding." -- The New York Times
Authors: Berger, Thomas, 1924-
Title: Little Big Man
a novel
Publisher: New York : Dial Press Trade Paperback, 2005
Edition: Dial Press trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: xxxii, 440 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780385298292
0385298293
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ber
Statement of Responsibility: by Thomas Berger
Subject Headings: Cheyenne Indians Fiction
Genre/Form: Western stories
Topical Term: Cheyenne Indians
LCCN: 2005280213
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The story of Jack Crabbe, raised by both a white man and a Cheyenne chief. As a Cheyenne, Jack ate dog, had four wives and saw his people butchered by General Custer's soldiers. As a white man, he participated in the slaughter of the buffalo and tangled with Wyatt Earp.


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