Little Big Man
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'I am a white man and never forget it, but I was brought up by the Cheyenne Indians from the age of ten.' So starts the story of Jack Crabb, the 111-year old narrator of Thomas Berger's masterpiece of American fiction. As a "human being", as the Cheyenne called their own, he won the name Little Big Man. He dressed in skins, feasted on dog, loved four wives and saw his people butchered by the horse soldiers of General Custer, the man he had sworn to kill. As a white man, Crabb hunted buffalo, tangled with Wyatt Earp, cheated Wild Bill Hickok and survived the Battle of Little Bighorn. Part-farcical, part-historical, the picaresque adventures of this witty, wily mythomaniac claimed the Wild West as the stuff of serious literature.

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 32mm | 320g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • The Harvill Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1860466419
  • 9781860466410
  • 153,384

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When Little Big Man was first published in 1964 it was immediately hailed as one of the finest novels ever about the American West, presenting one of the most detailed and accurate portraits of the era in fiction. Familiar myths perpetrated endlessly by film and television were effortlessly debunked. Of particular note was Berger's grand and moving portrait of a white boy brought up among the Cheyenne in the 1850s. (Kirkus UK)

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"A seminal event in the most significant cultural and literary trend of the 1960s... Few creative works of post-Civil War America have had as much of the fibre and blood of national experience in them" Nation "One of the best novels of the decade and the best novel ever about the American West" New York Times

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