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Posted February 27, 2001
When the Boredom Thrives
When the Legends Die is a novel written by Hal Borland. The novel expresses the themes of letting go of the past and the life of a maturing indian boy. In the novel, Tom 'little indian boy' is portrayed as a boy living in the mountain alone, reservation boy, bronc rider, and a sheep herder. He finds himself by riding broncs in the rodeo how Red Dillon makes him. I could not get into the novel because of its overuse of key words and points. The novel had one main point to get the reader intrigued with animal abuse instead of a plot. That is why I didn't like the novel. 'Killer Tom' was not good enough for a good novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 28, 2001
A disappoinment by Hal Borland
In When the Legends Die, Hal Borland writes about a young indian boy, Tom Black Bull, trying to perseverve through the discrimanation he suffers and trying to find his identity and heritage. Borland does a good job of drawing out these themes through the words and actions of the characters in the story. Red uses words such as 'And they all wind up broke. Especially if they are Indians or Mexes.' to discrimanate and control Tom. Several events through the book cause Tom to think about 'forgetting even his own identity'. I did not like this book personally because it drags on at times and the ending was not very good or realistic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2000
It starts out slow, and continues to be slow paced through out. The ending is completely predicitable, and the events that happen are boring. I may, however be biased in my opinion because I had to read it for school, but I've deffinately read much better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.