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Little Big Man - Thomas Berger

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Published: 1st October 1989
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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

"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

Introductionp. xi
Forewordp. xix
A Terrible Mistakep. 1
Boiled Dogp. 21
I Make an Enemyp. 35
Pronghorn Slaughterp. 45
My Education as a Human Beingp. 51
A New Namep. 65
We Take on the Cavalryp. 79
Adopted Againp. 97
Sinp. 109
Through the Shutterp. 123
Hopelessp. 137
Going for Goldp. 143
Cheyenne Homecomingp. 157
We Get Jumpedp. 173
Union Pacificp. 187
My Indian Wifep. 205
In the Valley of the Washitap. 223
The Big Medicine of Long Hairp. 243
To the Pacific and Backp. 265
Wild Bill Hickokp. 279
My Niece Ameliap. 295
Bunco and Buffalop. 311
Amelia Makes Goodp. 329
Carolinep. 341
Custer Againp. 353
Trailing the Hostilesp. 367
Greasy Grassp. 381
The Last Standp. 401
Victoryp. 415
The Endp. 431
Editor's Epiloguep. 439
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ISBN: 9780385298292
ISBN-10: 0385298293
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st October 1989
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.6  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1