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Old Custer

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Well, everyone knows Custer died at Little Bighorn. What this book presupposes is... maybe he didn't?
Published 2001 (first published January 1st 1994)
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Joe Valdez
Aug 30, 2014 Joe Valdez rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Mescaline abusers, contrarians, fans of obscure vernacular
Shelves: fake-books
Outlandish polemic by celebrated bon vivant Eli Cash restlessly argues that George Custer not only survived the Battle of Little Bighorn, but went on to become a naturalist, as well as godfather, as it were, of the national park system. Cash wields historical data seemingly conjured out of thin air to suggest that, among other things, Custer helped save the Albert squirrel from extinction.

Heralded as heir to Cormac McCarthy and Jay McInerney, Cash's struggles with mescaline doomed his grandiose
Nov 25, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it
Cash is good, but he's not a genius.
Mar 17, 2008 Jbrancky rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those interested in hypothetical history.
Most historical accounts of the Battle of Little Bighorn focus on General Custer's Last Stand, a reckless demise of literary proportions. However, a few accounts challenge this alleged outcome, including this hypothetical historical narrative based on the presupposition that General Custer did not perish at the Battle of Little Bighorn. A sample of this stirring patriotic book:

The crickets and the rust-beetles scuttled among the nettles of the sage thicket. "Vámonos, amigos," he whispered, and
Anderson Evans
Nov 28, 2012 Anderson Evans rated it it was amazing
My favorite part was when the wildcat...



I'm gonna go.
Tom Knoblauch
Sep 01, 2012 Tom Knoblauch rated it it was amazing
It's written in kind of an obsolete vernacular.
Jul 29, 2012 Allison rated it it was ok
Mediocre, at best. The language would get confused at times, and it seems apparent that the author's personality was imposed on the main character's motivations.
Oct 07, 2013 erik rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Didn't even have to think about it.
Chase Llewellyn
Apr 25, 2013 Chase Llewellyn rated it it was amazing
Upon review, I think, maybe, he didnt.
Jan 19, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
This book friscalates me to no end: Eli Cash can bust his flintcraw over my saddlecock any time!
Feb 14, 2011 Kendra rated it really liked it
This book gets a four for the concept, not the execution.
Christian Burks
Nov 19, 2014 Christian Burks rated it it was amazing
I will go against the critical consensus and assert that Cash most assuredly IS a genius. Admittedly his work so far is extremely derivative of Cormac McCarthy, but was McCarthy himself not slavishly derivative of Faulkner until the publication of his fifth novel, Blood Meridian? Both men wear their canonical influences honestly and unashamedly, and this does not preclude genius because all books are made out of other books. Even Wildcat, Cash's lambasted debut, will undoubtedly be reappraised m ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Brad rated it liked it
This is my least favorite book by Cash. What worked well here was Custer's execution by the mundane, the trivial, the anti-epic of the every day. SPOILER ALERT: Did not care for the battle scene in the background between cavalry and Native Americans as Custer, now an old man, discusses the sort of uniforms worn at Little Big Horn. A for effort in miring us in the minutia of the time, but D- for the effect achieved. I was infinitely more interested in the fight to the death than the dull conversa ...more
Tony McMillen
Mar 21, 2014 Tony McMillen rated it it was ok
Eli Cash is not a genius.

I mean especially he is not a genius.

So far the reviews aren't that good. But the sales are
Feb 22, 2016 Nate rated it it was amazing
Wildcat! Pkkkkkkkkkkkk!
Kevin Carter
Feb 24, 2014 Kevin Carter rated it it was amazing
"And they rode on in the friscalating dusklight."

Gives me shivers every time.
Chris Ward
Sep 21, 2013 Chris Ward rated it it was ok
This perhaps the worst story I have ever read. Overhyped, overly nihilistic, perhaps even overly sentimental in some eyes and appearing to possess depth while lacking it, unless...
Harriet Peters
Cash is the James Joyce of the West.
Jul 17, 2013 Kelly rated it it was ok
Eli Cash is *not* a genius.
Oct 01, 2012 Annie rated it it was amazing
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