Little Big Man

Little Big Man


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Little Big Man by Thomas Berger

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385298292
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/11/1989
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 204,960
Product dimensions: 5.27(w) x 8.24(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Thomas Berger, whom the Times Literary Supplement has called “one of the century’s most important writers,” is the author of twenty-three novels. Little Big Man has been published in more than fifty editions throughout the world.

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CHAPTER 1 A Terrible Mistake

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Henry Miller

An epic such as Mark Twain might have given us...a delicious, crazy, panoramic enlargement...

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Little Big Man 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
jennyo on LibraryThing 8 days ago
My favorite cousin has always said Little Big Man is his favorite movie ever, so when my book-reading friend suggested we read it, I was happy to (besides, he always recommends good stuff). The cover of my copy has a blurb from Henry Miller that reads: "An epic such as Mark Twain might have given us . . . a delicious, crazy, panoramic enlargement . . . " And I couldn't agree more. The humor, the easy rendition of dialect, the observations on culture, all are reminiscent of Twain. And perhaps even more fun to read.You guys probably already know most of the story, but just in case, it's about Jack Crabb, a man who was raised by Cheyenne Indians from ages 10 to 15. After that, he seems to run into almost every major historical figure in Western America. Kit Carson, Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, Gen. Custer . . . they all make appearances. And the characterizations he uses for these historical figures are dead on with what I've read elsewhere about them. Berger was either fascinated by the American West, or did a lot of research for this book.This is a great story with a terrific narrator. One I'd highly recommend.
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Even though I saw the movie years ago, I enjoyed reading this book. This was such a well written narrative it was surprising good read. Good read and $1.99, can't beat that for an enjoyable way to pass the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read. So much better than the film
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Little Big Man is the best Thomas Berger novel by far. It's very very funny, entertaining and informative ... all in one. The movie took some liberties with the book but both are great. I have read this book numerous times and always laugh out loud at certain sections. The book also has some sad and poignant themes, and Mr. Berger covers them all with great style. Mr. Berger also wrote a sequel titled Return of Little Big Man, written in the same vein as the original. A great book!
MaZBaTZ More than 1 year ago
Henry Miller described this novel as "a delicious, cracy, panoramic elargement." Praised by "The Nation" as "a seminal event in the most significant cultural and literary trend of the 1960s," and described by The New York Times Book Review as"One of the very best novels of the decade and the very best novel ever about the American West", this work is a watershed exploration of self-identification, fully as salient in the 2010s as it was when it first appeared in 1964.
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