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    Smarter people than I have noted that the Captivity Narrative is America’s first indigenous literary genre For what it’s worth not much I happen to agree Stories about white men women and children taken by the Indians have been told on these shores since long before the United States came into existence Increase and Cotton Mather often took time off from spreading their particular form of hyper violent sexually repr

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    Jack Crabb was either the most neglected hero in the history of this country or a liar of insane proportions In either case may the Everywhere Spirit have mercy on his soul and yours and mine Thomas Berger Little Big Man The truth seems hateful to most everybody Thomas Berger Little Big Man I thought I was clever when I told my wife Jack Crabb aka Little Big Man was the Zelig of the American West There is nothing new und

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    So I Jack Crabb was a Cheyenne warrior Had made my kill with bow and arrow Been scalped and healed with hocus pocus Had an ancient savage who couldn't talk English for my Pa and a fat brown woman for my Ma and for a brother a fellow whose face I hardly ever saw for clay or paint Lived in a skin tent and ate puppy dog God

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    Having been captivated by Thomas Berger’s use of language by his imagination by his sympathetic treatment of Native Americans specifically t

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    I know I'm in a big minority here but I must have missed something in what many people describe as one of our greatest American novels This was a tedious uninspiring read in many ways LITTLE BIG MAN was a book I had trouble even finishing

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    Better than the movie maybe but not by much Whatever you think about the conflict between the Plains Indians and the white man it's hard to iden

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    Books as great as this one make me happy that I spend much of my reading time on older novels I started My Big Fat Reading Project initially as a method of learning American literature While the project has expanded to include 20th century literature in general it is surely accomplishing that original goal Thomas Berger wh

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    A good example of why it’s worth reading old books that I’ve read before this one has been called an American masterpiece by Larry McMurty and “ The very best novel ever about the American West” by the New York Times Book Review I enthusiastically agree with both assessmentsNarrated in the voice of its 111 year old protagonist Jack Crabb who was raised by white parents kidnapped by Cheyenne Indians at

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    Sometimes a book is a good friend Not like a good friend An actual friend You open your eyes in the morning and you remember that it is there your friend and you know you'll get through This book was a good friend Maybe it was Jack Crabb's the narrator uniue funny irreverent wise one hundred and eleven year old voice that sparked the friendsh

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    Original review based on reading it perhaps 25 years agoAn old book well worth hunting down and reading or re reading If you were to make a list of every trait that makes somebody a human being as opposed to a Human Being which was one of the sub groups described in this book it might look something like humor sense of the absurd kindness vanity lack of self awarenessand you could go on and on and on But whatever you came up with you wou

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Review ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF × Thomas Berger

I am a white man and never forget it but I was brought up by the Cheyenne Indians from the age of tenSo starts the story of Jack Crabb the 111 year old narrator of Thomas Berger's masterpiece of American fiction As a human being as the C. Jack Crabb was either the most neglected hero in the history of this country or a liar of insane proportions In either case may the Everywhere Spirit have mercy on his soul and yours and mine Thomas Berger Little Big Man The truth seems hateful to most everybody Thomas Berger Little Big Man I thought I was clever when I told my wife Jack Crabb aka Little Big Man was the Zelig of the American West There is nothing new under the sun I guess Larry McMurtry said it Others said it before him The universe is full of clever little readers I grew up reading American Indian captivity narratives I loved Harold Keith s Komantcia and as soon as I was an adult with money found and bought every copy I could find I also adored Speare s The Sign of the Beaver I moved on reading Thomasa s Soun Tetoken and Naya Nuki So I m not sure why as an adult it took me so long to read Berger s masterpiece Little Big Man It was funny irreverant and spanned the West incorporating Mormons Wild Bill Hickok Wyatt Earp the Cheyenne and lastly Custer and Little Big Horn This book is full of racial chauvinism but the story is being told by a 111 year old unreliable narrator in 1952 relating an unbelieveable story that weaves him into most of the BIG storys of the West between the Civil War and Little Big Horn Jack In summary doesn t give a sick pig s piss what you think Besides he is cynical about just about every group tribe religion etc He just habitually hangs with the CheyenneAnyway not that it matters but greater writers than me loved this book see Vine DeLoria Jr Sherman Alexie Larry McMurtry John Cheever Ralph Ellison Anyway it is low brow beautiful sad and asks a lot of big uestions and often leaves the big ones unanswered It belongs on the shelf next to other great American novels

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Heyenne called their own he won the name Little Big Man He dressed in skins feasted on dog loved four wives and saw his people butchered by the horse soldiers of General Custer the man he had sworn to killAs a white man Crabb hunted buff. I know I m in a big minority here but I must have missed something in what many people describe as one of our greatest American novels This was a tedious uninspiring read in many ways LITTLE BIG MAN was a book I had trouble even finishing

Review ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF × Thomas Berger

Alo tangled with Wyatt Earp cheated Wild Bill Hickok and survived the Battle of Little Bighorn Part farcical part historical the picaresue adventures of this witty wily mythomaniac claimed the Wild West as the stuff of serious literature. A good example of why it s worth reading old books that I ve read before this one has been called an American masterpiece by Larry McMurty and The very best novel ever about the American West by the New York Times Book Review I enthusiastically agree with both assessmentsNarrated in the voice of its 111 year old protagonist Jack Crabb who was raised by white parents kidnapped by Cheyenne Indians at the age of 10 and given the name of Little Big Man the novel is a rollicking adventure through the American West in the last part of the 19th century One of the things that makes the book so interesting is the way Jack moves back and forth between the white and Cheyenne worlds I kept telling myself I was basically an Indian just as when among Indians I kept seeing how I was really white to the core His dual identity left him with strong ties to both cultures and underscored the major differences between both of them The book takes the reader on a spirited ride through many iconic moments in the history of the West as Jack relates his experiences as a Cheyenne warrior US Calvary Scout gambler muleskinner buffalo hunter shop keeper freight hauler and gold prospector Along the way he meets many legendary characters associated with the wild west including Wild Bill Hickok Calamity Jane Wyatt Earp Doc Holliday and Kit Carson as well as Sitting Bull Crazy Horse George Armstrong Custer and others who were part of the 7th Calvary at the Battle of Little Big HornWriting at a time when the prevailing sentiment towards Native Americans was largely a mixture of unfortunate stereotypes Thomas Berger s book is noteworthy for his humane portrayal of Cheyenne Indians and their culture from a realistic even sympathetic perspective without ever romanticizing or sentimentalizing them Set against the backdrop of what was one of the most shameful eras in our country s history Berger doesn t mince words when writing about the atrocities that were committed by the US Government against the Indian nations as well as the savage things the Indians did to retaliate Writing in the richly collouial voice of Jack CrabbLittle Big Man Thomas Berger has created an unforgettable character we can t help but love despite his many shortcomings I listened to the audible version of this book and the narrator Aaron Baker did a fantastic job making all the characters come to life It made it all the difficult to put the book down when I had to