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Preview — Little Big Man by Thomas Berger
Little Big Man (Little Big Man #1)
As a Cheyenne, Crabb feasted on dog, loved four wives, and saw his people butchered by horse-soldiers commanded by Custer. As a white man, he helped hunt the buffalo into extinction, tangled with Wyatt Earp, c...more
Whatever you think about the conflict between the Plains Indians and the white man, it's hard to identify with a "hero" who is really neither red nor white in his loyalty, who consistently takes the low road and whose outlook on life is completely mean-spirited and sleazy.
Now I'm no stranger to anti-heroes. I cheered for Alex in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE as a naive young thing and I thrilled to the murderous violence of Lamar Pye in Stephen Hunter's DIRTY ...more
That’s my impression anyway. My experience of Berger’s work is so far limited to his 1971 novel Vital Parts, his hilarious personal letters to Zulfikar Ghose, and now Little Big Man.
The book is clearly Berger’s att ...more
In the story, we read the reminiscences of Jack Crabb, plainsman who dictated the story when he was age one hundred and eleven.
Jack Crabb was captured by Cheyenne Indians and raised by them after they massacre the members of Jack's family's wagon train. In a humorous manner, he describes being raised by the Indians and meeting many famous people that populated the we ...more
I had seen the movie before and had thoroughly enjoyed it. The title po ...more
And so begins the story of Jack Crabb raised by Cheyenne Indians (also known as 'Human Beings') named 'Little Big Man' by his adopted father, Old Lodge Skins and involved in significant moments of American history but his name never appears on any documents.
'Little Big Man' is the story of Jack's many adventures and they are a joy to read, I have read 'Little Big Man' before and every time ...more
I imagine that had to influence how I read the book. But not too much, I think; in fact, I found myself thinking of Mark Twain far more often than the movie. Berger's style in Little Big Man is very reminiscent of Twain's (somewhat modernized of course). That's appropriate, since the book purp ...more
How many people will admit that a novel changed his or her life? I switched from an English major to an Anthropology major. The book convinced me that the we are an absurd species, but no subject of stu ...more
A sweeping story of the birth of one nation and the death of another. Completely convincing in its depiction of American Indians, both on the surface and how their way of looking at the world differed so greatly from our own.
But on top of that, highly readable, no literary flourishes to describe the landscape, a very authentic dialect created without phonetic spellings (thank God) and also quite funny in places with a cast of m ...more
What a great first line.
I read Little Big Man before, so long ago I can't remember if it was 15 or 30 years past, so although I had forgotten much of it I knew what I was getting into. And it is well worth re-reading after a sizable span between reads.
Of course I am not a historian, anthropologist or Native American specialist, but that won't keep me from making broad pronouncements of the nat ...more
Although the movie, starring Dustin Hoffman as the main character, Jack Crabb, was very well do ...more
The Wild West is something of an obsessive hobby for effete, psychologically wobbly "man of letters" Ralph Fielding Snell. Despite the disapproval of his father, Snell has the money and leisure "to pursue my literary and historical interests with relative indifference to, and immunity from, the workaday world, for which, notwithstanding, I have the greatest respect."
Snell serves as a somewhat cracked conduit for the swear-it's-true life story of frontiersman J ...more