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Okla Hannali by R.A. Lafferty
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I started reading Okla Hannali after a writer-friend told me it was one of his favorite Lafferty books. I grew up in Oklahoma, I'm part Cherokee, I'm sympathetic to what he's trying to do, and I like most of Lafferty's stuff. But I didn't get far with this one. It's written as a pseudo-historical tall-tale, in what purports to be Choctaw conversational style, which comes across as, well, gibberish. I couldn't get interested in the characters or their story. Caveat lector.

For a successful novel about Indians in Oklahoma, I recommend Larry McMurtry's ZEKE AND NED, about the Cherokees after their forced resettlement into eastern Oklahoma. Not preachy and very nicely done.
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July 1, 2006 – Finished Reading
July 24, 2016 – Shelved

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Daniel Petersen Took me a couple tries to get into it, but found it incredibly worth it by the end. The alleged Choctaw run-together prose style only lasts for a bit and is largely limited to Hannali's speech. So it ultimately doesn't get in the way of a solid prose experience if you can hang with the novel.

I've been meaning to read McMurtry for a long time, so thanks for the recommendation of Zek and Ned.


message 2: by Peter (last edited Feb 08, 2021 10:54AM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Peter Tillman Daniel wrote: "Took me a couple tries to get into it, but found it incredibly worth it by the end. The alleged Choctaw run-together prose style only lasts for a bit and is largely limited to Hannali's speech. So ..."

Thanks Daniel. So many books....
Hope you enjoy the McMurtry.


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