Little Big Man

Little Big Man

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“The truth is always made up of little particulars which sound ridiculous when repeated.” So says Jack Crabb, the 111-year-old narrator of Thomas Berger’s 1964 masterpiece of American fiction, Little Big Man. Berger claimed the Western as serious literature with this savage and epic account of one man’s extraordinary double life.

After surviving the massacre of his pioneer family, ten-year-old Jack is adopted by an Indian chief who nicknames him Little Big Man. As a Cheyenne, he feasts on dog, loves four wives, and sees his people butchered by horse soldiers commanded by General George Armstrong Custer. Later, living as a white man once more, he hunts the buffalo to near-extinction, tangles with Wyatt Earp, cheats Wild Bill Hickok, and fights in the Battle of Little Bighorn alongside Custer himself—a man he’d sworn to kill. Hailed by The Nation as “a seminal event,” Little Big Man is a singular literary achievement that, like its hero, only gets better with age.

Praise for Little Big Man
 
“An epic such as Mark Twain might have given us.”—Henry Miller
 
“The very best novel ever about the American West.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“Spellbinding . . . [Crabb] surely must be one of the most delightfully absurd fictional fossils ever unearthed.”Time
 
“Superb . . . Berger’s success in capturing the points of view and emotional atmosphere of a vanished era is uncanny. His skill in characterization, his narrative power and his somewhat cynical humor are all outstanding.”The New York Times

Baker & Taylor
The astonishing reminiscences of an ancient and immodest Indian frontiersman form a witty, lusty, and highly impressive epic, a panoramic enlargement of the way of life in the Old West

Publisher: New York : Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2014
Edition: 2014 Dial Press trade paperback edition, 50th anniversary edition
ISBN: 0385298293 (pbk.)
9780385298292 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: Y BERGER
Characteristics: xxviii, 440 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: McMurtry, Larry - Author of introduction

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Thomas Berger, July 20, 1924 – July 13, 2014

Orginally pub. 1964.


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Feb 27, 2016

This is a fantastic, crazy, often violent novel that gives a unique voice to life in the Wild West. You'll not soon forget Jack Crabb.

geezr_rdr Aug 05, 2014

While I found this to be an interesting portrayal of the settling of the west and expansion of the American Dream (colonization of the native Americans), at times it seemed drawn out. The major insight concerns the plains Indian consciousness as opposed to Caucasian pragmatism.

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