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The Saga of Hugh Glass: Pirate, Pawnee and Mountain Man

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  108 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Before his most fabulous adventure (celebrated by John G. Neihardt in The Song of Hugh Glass and by Frederick Manfred in Lord Grizzly), Hugh Glass was captured by the buccaneer Jean Lafitte and turned pirate himself until his first chance to escape. Soon he fell prisoner to the Pawnees and lived for four years as one of them before he managed to make his way to St. Louis. ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published March 1st 1976 by Bison Books (first published 1963)
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Dan Weiss
May 22, 2016 Dan Weiss rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
If you're looking for an authoritative and scholarly work on the fur trade of the American West, look elsewhere. If you're looking for an entertaining yarn spun by your crotchety and inebriated uncle, then this is the book for you.

I picked this up at Fort Atkinson which I'd heard of via The Revenant, but we were also on the Lewis and Clark Trail. I wanted something that put the person of Hugh Glass in context and also Jim Bridger (a fellow Virginian). The ranger at the fort suggested many wonde
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Mountain man Hugh Glass was a legend to his peers, many of them legends themselves. His fame spread to the East, where his incredible story was told in the newspapers of Philadelphia. His legend entered the lore of Indian tribes as well, where it was still being told many decades after his passing. But with the coming of the 20th century, Hugh's legend faded into obscurity. John Myers Myers' The Saga of Hugh Glass is an excellent attempt to rescue Hugh from the obscurity that he had faded into a ...more
Lenora Good
Feb 12, 2016 Lenora Good rated it it was amazing
I was in elementary school when I first came across the story of Hugh Glass, and he immediately became one of my childhood heroes. I wanted to grow up and be a Mountain Man like Glass and Bridger, Colter and Meek. I was in fifth, possibly sixth grade when I came across a copy of Lord Grizzley by Frederick Manfred. By the time I read Neihardt's The Song of Hugh Glass I was an adult, and well aware I would never be a Mountain Man.

How I missed Myers' book, I'll never know, but thanks to the new mov
Oct 31, 2016 Deb rated it really liked it
The things this man went through...Almost unreal! So many things should have killed him; he was clearly a very strong man!

Now that I've read the book, I can watch the movie based on it - Revenant. I'll probably hate it, but that seems to be par for the course.
Roger King
Dec 07, 2015 Roger King rated it really liked it
The man, the myth, the legend. If Hugh Glass did not exist as the iconic Mountain Man, he would have to be invented. Larry McMurtry lionized Glass as Jim Snow in the Sin Killer; now Leonard DiCaprio fiercely portrays him in the new movie Revenant. Robert Redford played an equally laconic mountain man in the 1972 movie Jeremiah Johnson; he had the Squaw for love interest but lacked the Bear for impact.

Eaten and spit out semi-alive by a grizzly put Hugh Glass on the map, specifically in 1823 at th
Nov 13, 2014 Michele rated it did not like it
This is supposedly the biography of a man named Hugh Glass who was captured by pirates and forced into servitude. He escaped only to be captured by the Pawnee and at the moment he is going to be killed, he is adopted as the chief’s son. Then he joins some trappers, gets attacked by a bear, is left for dead, recovers, gets attacked by some indians some more… blah blah blah on and on and on. Meyers spends the first pages of the book trying to make the case that Hugh Glass existed. Clearly, he didn ...more
Lucy Hay
Apr 25, 2016 Lucy Hay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read about the life and times of Hugh Glass, who turns out is so much more than a vengeful bloke who got mauled by a Grizzly Bear! He lived in brutal times and it's all noted in minute detail here. Some of the stories sent a shiver down my spine!

This is a reissue, to tie in with THE REVENANT film and it does show. The bear incident is the selling point on the cover and blurb, so anyone expecting a super in-depth look at this will be disappointed. However, if you're interested in h
Paul Peterson
May 19, 2016 Paul Peterson rated it it was amazing
A great read, especially if you've seen the movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio and you want to learn the real story of Hugh Glass. Old mountain man English is the only hurdle to clear and that's not too high given the info gained. A paragraph from the recap of the book says it all...

"Older literatures have saved nothing like it. For by the time Sumerians hd begun saving tales in cuneiform, the wilderness had been left so far behind that any remembered prowlers of it could be seen only through th
Jan 16, 2016 Nancy rated it did not like it
I was suckered into this one! A review in our local paper reviewed it in light of the movie being released. I doubt very much that the writer even saw a copy of the book, let alone actually read it.
I just looked over some of the reviews others have written and I guess I'm in the minority. Or maybe those that read part of it and hated it didn't bother to waste time writing a reviewer. Michelle shared my opinion. Long, wordy, boring, rabbit trails long enough to forget where you were going. It was
Robert Downes
Oct 21, 2016 Robert Downes rated it did not like it
Published in 1963, this book may be of interest to anyone who enjoyed the film, "The Revenant," about the encounter between a grizzly bear and mountain man Hugh Glass. Author Myers offers some interesting details regarding Glass's life, including the claim that he was a one-time mariner who was captured by pirate John LaFitte and after escaping became a slave of the Pawnees in western Kansas.
Unfortunately, Myers' overwrought prose and tortured metaphors are reminiscent of the florid writing of
Sep 30, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: american-history
This is definitely an interesting story. If it is true. The life of Hugh Glass seems extraordinary, but much of it comes from him, not actual historical documentation. And outside of the bear attack, he has no witnesses to back his claims. It is a interesting story, but this book spends a lot of time bouncing around to different subjects and a lot of general mountain men style info. Only about a third of the book is about Hugh Glass. It is interesting, but there may be a better book about Hugh G ...more
Feb 24, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
The gruesome survival story of Mountain Man Hugh Glass is one step away from being mythic. Thankfully, Myers avoids the poetic and the mythic in retelling Glass's life-story (he leaves that duty to other fine writers of fiction & poetry, such as John Neihardt). However, Myers will sometimes insert non-quotation colloquial-sounding sentences within otherwise scholarly passages that disjointed this reader. On the whole, though, I found the book to be engaging, informative and the fullest of po ...more
Mar 02, 2009 Lynne rated it really liked it
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May 30, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it
The Saga of Hugh Glass is one of the better scholarly historical works I've read. It portrays Hugh Glass and his unparalleled life story with historical objectivity, accuracy, and a finely honed wit. While I might have preferred a more epic treatment of the story, this one fits Hugh well and might have been thoroughly appreciated by the subject himself. It's just a shame that we don't know more about him.
Les Marshall
May 26, 2016 Les Marshall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting account of the life of Hugh Glass pieced together from various records and accounts. the author clearly alludes to the voracity or otherwise of sources, compares accounts and paints a realistic picture of the man and his life. The language used reflects the times (early 1800s) and adds to the tale. Now to check out the movie ....
Leila Nicotera
Nov 25, 2015 Leila Nicotera rated it it was amazing
I cannot recommend this book highly enough! One of the most fascinating reads for me in a long time. John Myers Myers has combed through a copious amount of material to weave together this startling picture, which follows the trail of some of the pioneering spirits of America. What a journey!
Mar 29, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Good biography, a lot of detail in a short book
Daniel Brink
Feb 13, 2013 Daniel Brink rated it it was ok
Though the life of Hugh Glass was interesting to me, the book read like a boring high school history book.
Aug 19, 2008 Quinn rated it it was amazing
Unbelievable true story about a true survivor. They do not make them like this anymore.
Feb 28, 2009 Katy rated it really liked it
This is a hair-raising true story about a mountain-man who was attacked by a Grizzly bear, left for dead, but lived to tell about it. Fabulous!
Alicia Kittrell
Oct 18, 2012 Alicia Kittrell rated it it was amazing
Loved it
Alan Rogers
Jan 13, 2017 Alan Rogers rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book , John did a lot of research for this book and it shows , i enjoyed the unique prose of this book , not for everyone I'm sure , but at least give it a try
Mar 02, 2015 Gwynn marked it as to-read
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Myers was born and grew up on Long Island, New York. He attended the University of New Mexico briefly, but was expelled for being one of the writers in a rebel newspaper, The Pariah. After extensive travel through Europe and the United States, Myers worked for the New York World and San Antonio Evening News. He was also an advertising copywriter. Myers served a short term in the U.S. Army during W ...more
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