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Little Big Man: A Novel Paperback – September 1, 1989
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“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
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In addition to being a great read and informative piece of historical fiction, this novel became a model for the anti-hero of a number of other historical fiction series and works. The most notable of these is the George MacDonald Frazer, Flashman books.
Berger has done a signal job of turning over the rocks of history, finding twists and turns normally not part of the legends, and weaving them into a character and plot unsurpassed in American historical fiction.
The character of Jack Crabb is cut of classic cloth. His story may very well be pure hogwash, but it is filled with touching humanity that underpins all the comedy. Berger portrays The Cheyenne people, or the "Human Beings" as possessing many of the same foibles and warts as their European counterparts. They are not painted as noble savages as in Blake's new agey work, but rather as complex characters deserving of respect and honor.
Berger's General Custer is a wry study of madness that somehow avoids cynicism. One of this book's many virtues lies in its ability to lend the Western myth a critical eye, while avoiding the nihilistic pessimism that frequently goes hand in hand with such work (something the film version couldn't avoid).
"Little Big Man" is a must read to all who love good yarns spun with a big heart and a bigger mind.
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This is written in the poetic old west manner. A little difficult at first, but fun once you get it. Interesting "yarn". Read morePublished 25 days ago by G. Mulligan
This is an epic novel of the Old West, written in a style Mark Twain might have used to tell the same story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jerry R. Wells
I never saw the movie, but I will never forget this book. A truly great American adventure.Published 1 month ago by J.R.
Never has a novel felt more to me like a documentary and pushed at the edges of my mind crying to be believed yet so alien to modern times and events. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. M. Yegge
This is a great story of a man who had a long life full of adventures. I read this book several years ago and enjoyed it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janice L. Stalcup
Everyone who loves the Old West should read the Little Big Man books!!!Published 4 months ago by Everette Leon Young II