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Ment grandit les cavaliers sont innombrables on se demande combien peuvent tenir dans l’arène C’est u’elle fait cent mètres de long et cinuante de large Les spectateurs applaudisse ric Vuillard s Sorrow of the Earth Buffalo Bill Sitting Bull and the Tragedy of Show Business is a very short book notwithstanding its large font occasional blank pages and use of an entire page for each chapter heading and most of the photographs Indeed what one basically has here is an essay rather than a book The book has been translated from its original French Unfortunately the author s pretentious style has not been lost in translation He writes for example that a spectacle must catapult us ahead of ourselves it must strip us of our certainties and sear us Yes a spectacle sears us despite what its detractors say A spectacle steals from us and lies to us and intoxicates us and gives us the world in every shape and form Spectacle draws its power and its dignity from being nothing It leaves us irremediably alone with no wound to see the light of day no trace of evidence And yet in the midst of this noisy vacuum in the great pity we feel even in our very scorn there s something there Or take Vuillard s incoherent ramblings on the subject of reality Reality is an excessive thing it s everywhere and nowhere and for some time now it seems to have been fading It s strange and it s hard to explain reality is still there but it s as if it had lost its substance Everything you thought it was founded on has suddenly been disrupted altered damaged exposed Nothing looks the same everything seems to have been swept up by speed money and trade And you can t really say what former dreams and images fill you with regret What do we regret What society What ideal What sweetness I can tell Vuillard precisely what I regret namely his padding out his book with this sort of sorry stream of consciousness verbiageVuillard provides no bibliography so it s impossible to know the sources of his information It is nevertheless fairly clear that his imagination far exceeds what the sources can tell us Thus describing the meeting at which John Burke recruited Sitting Bull for Buffalo Bill s Wild West Show he tells us that Between two compliments he Burke rearranged his hair pushing it back and clamping it round his ears I think we can safely assume that this minute detail was not recorded and what we therefore have here is the frustrated novelist Vuillard supplying colour because he lacks the confidence or temperament to allow the historical facts to speak for themselves As if this wasn t bad enough a few pages on and Vuillard presumes to tell us what was in Sitting Bull s mind Sitting Bull feels a profound solitude In that moment he forgets everything mystically divined from his appearance in a particular photograph This is not only unhistorical but profoundly patronising which is ironic given that a central message of Vuillard s book insofar as a farrago can be said to have a message at all is that the treatment of Sitting Bull and the other Native Americans in Buffalo Bill s Wild West Show was incredibly patronisingWhen Vuillard fleetingly and ill advisedly engages with historical fact he is apt to get it wrong Thus he writes that after one season with the Wild West Show Sitting Bull abandoned his acting career when in fact it ended because the Indian Agent refused him permission to leave the reservation Similarly readers coming to the chapter entitled The Massacre of Wounded Knee expecting to see that event placed in the context of the Ghost Dance will be severely disappointed although they will be informed that a snowflake is like a weary little secret a forlorn and inconsolable touch of gentleness If you enjoy this kind of blather then you can look forward to the book s last chapter which is entitled Snow Anyone who despite this review makes the mistake of reading Sorrow of the Earth will discover a very brief passage in which Vuillard writes insightfully about Buffalo Bill becoming the victim of his own myth In so doing they will have an experience akin to finding a small denomination coin in a vacuum cleaner dirtbag full of fluff It is a pitifully insufficient reward for the general sensation of feeling soiled by coming into contact with Vuillard s sloppy thought processes and garrulously self indulgent prose Art of Magic the Gathering: Innistrad yet in the midst of this noisy vacuum in the great pity we feel even in our very scorn there s something there Or take Vuillard s incoherent ramblings on the subject of reality Reality is an excessive thing it s everywhere and nowhere and for some time now it seems to have been fading It s strange and it s hard to explain reality is still there but it s as if it had lost its substance Everything Esposa Humillada (Spanish Edition) you thought it was founded on has suddenly been disrupted altered damaged exposed Nothing looks the same everything seems to have been swept up by speed money and trade And Kto naprawdę go zabił? you can t really say what former dreams and images fill Masters of the Air you with regret What do we regret What society What ideal What sweetness I can tell Vuillard precisely what I regret namely his padding out his book with this sort of sorry stream of consciousness verbiageVuillard provides no bibliography so it s impossible to know the sources of his information It is nevertheless fairly clear that his imagination far exceeds what the sources can tell us Thus describing the meeting at which John Burke recruited Sitting Bull for Buffalo Bill s Wild West Show he tells us that Between two compliments he Burke rearranged his hair pushing it back and clamping it round his ears I think we can safely assume that this minute detail was not recorded and what we therefore have here is the frustrated novelist Vuillard supplying colour because he lacks the confidence or temperament to allow the historical facts to speak for themselves As if this wasn t bad enough a few pages on and Vuillard presumes to tell us what was in Sitting Bull s mind Sitting Bull feels a profound solitude In that moment he forgets everything mystically divined from his appearance in a particular photograph This is not only unhistorical but profoundly patronising which is ironic given that a central message of Vuillard s book insofar as a farrago can be said to have a message at all is that the treatment of Sitting Bull and the other Native Americans in Buffalo Bill s Wild West Show was incredibly patronisingWhen Vuillard fleetingly and ill advisedly engages with historical fact he is apt to get it wrong Thus he writes that after one season with the Wild West Show Sitting Bull abandoned his acting career when in fact it ended because the Indian Agent refused him permission to leave the reservation Similarly readers coming to the chapter entitled The Massacre of Wounded Knee expecting to see that event placed in the context of the Ghost Dance will be severely disappointed although they will be informed that a snowflake is like a weary little secret a forlorn and inconsolable touch of gentleness If Legacy of the Gods you enjoy this kind of blather then The Dome Builders Handbook you can look forward to the book s last chapter which is entitled Snow Anyone who despite this review makes the mistake of reading Sorrow of the Earth will discover a very brief passage in which Vuillard writes insightfully about Buffalo Bill becoming the victim of his own myth In so doing they will have an experience akin to finding a small denomination coin in a vacuum cleaner dirtbag full of fluff It is a pitifully insufficient reward for the general sensation of feeling soiled by coming into contact with Vuillard s sloppy thought processes and garrulously self indulgent prose

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Alors le rêve reprend Des centaines de cavaliers galopent soulevant des nuages de poussière On a bien arrosé la piste avec de l’eau mais on n’y peut rien le soleil cogne L’étonne What did I just readFull disclosure I received a free electronic ARC for review Trigger warning for violence against Native Americans including genocideHowever the real spark was elsewhere The central idea of the Wild West Show lay somewhere else The aim was to astound the public with an intimation of suffering and death which would never lose its grip on them They had to be drawn out of themselves like little silver fish in a landing net They had to be presented with human figures who shriek and collapse in a pool of blood There had to be consternation and terror hope and a sort of clarity an extreme truth cast across the whole of life Yes people had to shudder a spectacle must send a shiver through everything we know it must catapult us ahead of ourselves it must strip us of our certainties and sear us Yes a spectacle sears us despite what its detractors say A spectacle steals from us and lies to us and intoxicates us and gives us the world in every shape and form And sometimes the stage seems to exist than the world it is present than our own lives moving and persuasive than reality terrifying than our nightmaresThere s no mistaking the sound of iniuity on the moveOriginally published in France in 2014 under the title Tristesse de la terre Sorrow of the Earth is the first of ric Vuillard s novels to be translated into English A work of historical fiction it tells the story of Buffalo Bill Cody s Wild West show which traveled throughout the United States and Europe under various names for thirty years around the turn of the century 1883 1913 While the show featured a number of performers and attractions including Annie Oakley and her husband Frank Butler trick shooter Lillian Smith Calamity Jane and reenactments of the riding of the Pony Express trail and stagecoach robberies to name a few Vuillard centers the narrative on Native Americans to great effect The Wild West show employed a number of Indigenous performers most notably Sitting Bull as well as survivors of the Wounded Knee Massacre Perversely these last were hired in part to perform in a reenactment of their own victimization only instead of a massacre the audience witnessed a battle the Buffalo Bill interpretation of the facts to uote Vuillard Likewise in Cody s reimaging of the Battle of the Little Bighorn none other than Buffalo Bill himself swoops in at the last moment to avenge Custer and his men In other words the show glorified its star and ringmaster while rewriting history and vilifying the oppressed Native populations To add insult to injury Indigenous people were recruited to assist in their own denigration With echoes of James Loewen s Lies My Teacher Told Me as well as a promise to deconstruct the spectacle of circuses and carnivals Sorrow of the Earth piued my interest I plowed through it in one day and was left feeling than a little disuieted Some of this I m sure was intentional on the author s part eg a feeling of unease as to how the Native Americans were are treated But the rest Mostly I just couldn t figure out what the heck Vuillard was trying to say And that last chapter wtf did I just readPerhaps it s an issue of some meaning being lost in translation but much of Vuillard s writing is overblown and even a little pretentious It s clear that he s trying hard too hard for a deep sense of philosophicalness but the result often alternates between strained and comical eg One night the storm was so harsh the sea so wild that he began to feel afraid At times he felt he was dissolving into the sky A How could you possibly know that and B What does this even meanAdditionally there s the narration I went into the book with the erroneous assumption that the story would be told from the perspective of one of the Native American performers in the Wild West show This is not the case Normally I wouldn t hold my own misguided expectations against an author except in this case I think the story would have been better served by having an Indigenous narrator Instead it feels rather detached Bombastic even as the narrator makes GRAND STATEMENTS about a travesty as an outsider looking in The narrator himself sounds uite like a showman which doesn t help his argument When Zintkala Nuni is introduced at the 37% mark I thought for sure that she would be revealed as the story s narrator Just four months old at the time of the Massacre at Wounded Knee Zintkala Nuni was found strapped to her mother s back four days later She was rescued in a manner of speaking initially cared for by members of the Lakota she was later adopted by General Leonard Wright Colby Wikipedia says she was removed while Vuillard s narrative has her being bought by Cody and promptly resold to Colby to be used as a prop in his business dealings with Native Americans Colby abandoned his family not long after and his wife suffragette Clara Bewick Colby raised the girl now named Margaret Elizabeth Colby She spent time in a boarding school and later an institution for unwed mothers possibly after being sexually abused and impregnated by Colby She married contracted syphilis from her husband left him and went on to perform in Buffalo Bill s Wild West show as well as bit roles silent movies She died in poverty at the age of thirty struck down by the fluWe learn a little of Zintkala Nuni s fate from Vuillard the problem is the story reuires some prior knowledge of these events as Vuillard s writing can sometimes prove confusing so damn flowery Suffice it to say that the narrator is not Zintkala Nuni but remains a distant third party observerFinally as a reader who doesn t claim any Native American ancestry I m not comfortable speaking to Vuillard s sensitivity or accuracy Overall I thought the story was compassionate and probably authentic than most of the white supremacist BS you d find in American History textbooks Certainly it inspired me to want to learn But what the heck do I knowVuillard does employ a number of terms that are both offensive but also appropriate for the time period eg savages bums Several times Vuillard insinuates that the Native Americans time is coming to an end The spectacle that seized upon the Indians in the final moments of their history was not the least of the violence perpetrated against them which is both insulting and untrue For example this myth formed the basis for the title of Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz and Dina Gilio Whitaker s 2016 book All the Real Indians Died Off And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans In summary Sorrow of the Earth shows promise but is at least partially undone by the author s over the top writing style


10 thoughts on “Tristesse de la terreUne histoire de Buffalo Bill Cody

  1. says:

    This is a very odd little book Not uite straight up non fiction history not uite historical fiction but something in between The au

  2. says:

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  3. says:

    What did I just readFull disclosure I received a free electronic ARC for review Trigger warning for violence against Native Americans including genocideHowever the real spark was elsewhere The central idea of the Wild West Show lay somewhere else The aim was to astound the public with an intimation of suffering and death which would never lose its grip on them They had to be drawn out of themselves like little silver fish in a la

  4. says:

    This book is intensely poetic and moving This is a book that makes you slow down and feel It deconstructs traditional tales of the Wild West shows into their grotesue yet truer selvesAfter reading this I feel accepting of the futility and frag

  5. says:

    Éric Vuillard’s ‘Sorrow of the Earth Buffalo Bill Sitting Bull and the Tragedy of Show Business’ is a very short book notwithstanding its large font occasional blank pages and use of an entire page for each chapter heading and most of the photographs Indeed what one basically has here is an essay rather than a book The book has been translated from its original French Unfortunately the author’s pretentious style has not been los

  6. says:

    Those looking for a straight forward account of Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West shows need to look elsewhere This book w

  7. says:

    Sorrow of the Earth by Eric Vuillard is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early AugustChicago's Colombian Exhibition of 1893 recognizes the 400th anniversary of Columbus' exploration of the US Caribbean and enlists Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show with Sitting Bull as a featured participant Where Vuillard cou

  8. says:

    Very well written and sad

  9. says:

    Haunting

  10. says:

    The English translation isn’t the best

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