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A Cycle of the West: The Song of Three Friends, The Song of Hugh Glass, The Song of Jed Smith, The Song of the Indian Wars, The Song of the Messiah

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A Cycle of the West rewards its readers with a sweeping saga of the American West and John G. Neihardt's exhilarating vision of frontier history. It is infused with wonder, nostalgia, and a keen appreciation of epic history.Unquestionably the masterpiece of the poet who has been called the "American Homer," A Cycle of the West celebrates the land and legends of the Old Wes ...more
Paperback, 524 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Bison Books (first published January 1st 1992)
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Scott
May 20, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing
Growing up in the northern plains, John Neihardt was convinced that the period from the first exploration of fur trappers through the close of the Indian wars was one of humankind's heroic ages, on a par with the ancient Greece of Homer, the era of Beowulf, etc. So, he set about to write a saga of the west in this collection of five songs published between 1915 and 1941 which were always intended to be combined into one work. It is an incredible achievement.

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Thomas Isern
Reread The Song of Hugh Glass after many years, reading most of it aloud. Neihardt is much more impressive as a poet than as a story-teller. There are epigrammatic couplets that spark like steel on flint. Moreover, his handling of the backstory on Old Hugh is intriguing. The work is most striking as being parcel to the poet's investment of the West with an epic sensibility.
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I have only read Song of the Indian Wars when sitting by a wood burning stove in the mountains without any distractions. The prose is marvelous and brought to life the events and people, especially the Wagon Box Fight.
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