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Stone Song: A Novel of the Life of Crazy Horse Mass Market Paperback – Bargain Price, March 15, 1996


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (March 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812533690
  • ASIN: B005SMZDTI
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,012,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The life of Crazy Horse, the greatest war chief of the Sioux Indian nation, is the subject of this moving and authentically detailed novel from Blevins (Snake River). Widely considered to be the finest Indian cavalry tactician of all time, Crazy Horse spent his adult life waging war against the white man. Taught by his uncle, Buffalo Hump, Crazy Horse eagerly embraced the traditional warrior's skills, honor and purpose, believing that "war was not meant to be cold rage but exhilaration." Adorned with his distinctive war paint?streaks of lightning and spots of hail?and accompanied by his spirit guide, Hawk, the chief led his Sioux warriors in many of the frontier's most famous battles from 1865 to 1876, including the Battle of Little Bighorn. Crazy Horse and his two loves, Black Buffalo Woman and Black Shawl, tried vainly to maintain their freedom, dignity and pride in the face of white encroachment, but they were finally and ironically overwhelmed by jealousy and betrayal at the hands of Sioux rivals. A deeply thoughtful and persuasive tribute, Blevins's novel offers the compelling story of a man destined for triumph and betrayal, but ultimately for glory.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Crazy Horse, the enigmatic Lakota Sioux best known for his role in defeating Custer at Little Big Horn, is eulogized in a fictional account that comes highly lauded by the publicist.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

After starting as a movie, music, and theater critic for the LOS ANGELES TIMES and LOS ANGELES HERALD-EXAMINER, I quit this great job and jumped at my first chance to write a book. It turned out to be GIVE YOUR HAWK TO THE HAWKS, which has been in print continuously for forty years. Twenty-six other books have followed, including my favorite, and probably readers' favorite, STONE SONG, the story of the life of Crazy Horse. This book led me to become a pipe carrier and walk the red road in other ways I'd never dreamed of.

I've also written seven movies for major producers. And I have two more books in the publishing pipeline.

I love writing. And my kids. And music.

After years of mountain climbing and river-running, I married Meredith Blevins, the novelist, and we built a home among the Navajos in the wilds of the Utah canyonlands. We're happy writing books.

Customer Reviews

A very intriguing and compelling story!
Amazon Customer
His enigmatic and charismatic personality is well expressed and we can discover a sensible, committed man behind the icon.
M. Agnes
He makes you feel like you were actually there.
Marguerite P. Nico

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marguerite P. Nico on June 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the second book by Win Blevins that I have read, the first being Ravenshadow. I liked this one immensely. I found it very difficult to put down once I got into the story. From the beginning, with young Curly, who is determined to have a vision quest, but doesn't share what he has seen with his family, it hooks you. Then it takes you through the various times in his life, never letting you forget the conflict that was going on in the country at that time. Blevins did an interesting job of describing the conflicts between the whites and the Indians. He makes you feel like you were actually there. When he described the ones who hung around the forts, you got the impression that you could actually see them in their blankets, waiting to trade for whiskey. In the course of reading this book, I took the liberty to visit the Crazy Horse Foundation website and read the interviews with some of the people who knew him. I'm thinking that Blevins also read those interviews and that may be how he got some of his material. I'm sure he did extensive research before writing this book and to me, it reflects it. I am giving this book five stars. It will make you think and will bring His Crazy Horse (the literal translation of his name) the man to life.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book affected me like few others. I expected a well written, historical work of fiction on Native Americans - of which I've read a few. What I got was a story that followed me around for weeks and beyond. Blevins did an excellent of portraying the internal struggles of Crazy Horse - his desires, his anger, and his spiritual passion as well as his ultimate integrity and bravery. This is the story of one of the greatest men in history - a true hero. Blevins makes you understand why.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Almut on February 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
In this superbly crafted fictional biography Blevins portrays Crazy Horse from many angles : insecure adolescent, faithful friend, courageous warrior and non-committed lover guided by the need to fulfil his vision and remain true to his spirit guide.Always a man apart from the others, Crazy Horse makes attempts at escaping from his isolation although ultimately in the knowledge that isolation will be his destiny. The author convincingly describes life among the Lakota,their many warring factions, their social customs and the impact that the broken promises of the "wasicu" have on their very existence.There is of course no way of knowing if Crazy Horse felt as described in this novel (a problem from which all fiction based on a historical person suffers). But the beautiful poetic language crafted by Blevins renders his vision thouroughly believable. A major achievement.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1996
Format: Paperback
I have read several books about Native Americans by white authors. Somehow I always felt outside of the culture. Stone Song is the first book to invite me into the tipi. Blevins goes far beyond the historical record to capture the spirit of Crazy Horse. By doing so he takes the white reader to unknown places in spirit and mind. This is a must read for lovers of Native American literature
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CCrus on October 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I don't know how to describe how this book affected me...all I can say is that it was very deeply and personally. Blevins does a great job of blending the spiritual, personal and political struggles of one of the true heroes of history. The story stayed with me for weeks after closing the book and Crazy Horse now stands in my mind as one of the greatest examples of true integrity and courage. Sorry to all you patriots, but I would've fought on his side in a second, regardless of the odds and been proud of it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linda Winn on March 23, 2000
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I just finished reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel as though I know as well as is possible who His Crazy Horse was. I came to know him and to understand some of the customs of his people. The characters were all very clearly defined and full. The historical aspect of the book put many battles and events I have heard of in sequence. This was a book I felt sorry to finish. It is the second of Mr. Blevins I have read (the first was RavenShadow ) and I truly enjoyed both of them. I will definately read his others.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2000
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This book was purchased off a bargain book table and began a new era in my life. The characters come richly to life and demand your ferverent attention to thier lives and predicament. I saw Crazy Horse in an incredibly human light and it has inspired me to pursue what I believe will be a lifelong study of Native American issues...current and historical. A definite Must Read for those interested in the Oglala Sioux or Native Americans in general!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Technically speaking, Stone Song is a work of fiction based around factual characters and events. No one really knows much about the mystic Crazy Horse, but Blevins obviously did his homework. Using stories passed down through generations and well documented occurances ranging from the Fetterman massacre to the Little Bighorn; the teenaged "Curly" to the inevitable ending at Fort Robinson. You follow His Crazy Horse and learn just what might have made him tick.

This is really more than just a novel, it's an intimate look at one of the truely great men, and most tragic episodes in American history. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Crazy Horse, the American West, Native Americans, or for that matter, anyone looking for a good read
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