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Little Big Man by Thomas Berger
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May 14, 12

Read in May, 2012

The (fictional) autobiographical account of Jack Crabb's early life, dictated by him in 1953 at the age of 111. Captured by the Cheyenne Indians at the age of ten, and raised by them, Mr. Crabb passes back and forth several times between living as Indian and White Man, encountering during his travels such notables as General George Custer and Wild Bill Hickok, having relationships with various women of both races, and participating in numerous historical events and battles. The book culminates in his participation in the Custer massacre at the Little Big Horn. It's a rousing tale, but more than that, a rumination on what it meant to be White or Indian at the time. Although fiction, it seems a faithful rendering of life in the West during the latter part of the 19th Century, and Mr. Crabb is an entertaining storyteller.
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