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Little Big Man by Thomas Berger
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Jul 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: c20th-postwar, one-man-and-his-ride
Read from September 11 to 16, 2011

A bombastic, funny and exceedingly humane journey, which takes a fair look at the failings and virtues of both white and Indian societies in a time of great violence and hardship all around. Jack Crabb/ Little Big Man is a character who says little but thinks quick, and has a weary, flippant wisdom about his narration that really makes you believe he has seen all he claims to. The Mark Twain comparisons are fully justified.

Whatever the judgement on that, I knowed right then that the Cheyenne way was finished as a mode of life. I saw this not in the present camp, but back in Denver; for truths are sometimes detected first in a place remote from the one to which they apply. Think of how if you was standing in China when gunpoweder had been invented, you could have known that thousands of mile away stone castles and armor was finished. (p.167)

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