When the Legends Die

When the Legends Die

by Hal Borland
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When the Legends Die (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the Ledgends Die is a great book that i very much enjoyed reading and i reccomend it to anyone who likes to read. If you like suvival stories this is the book for you. This book is about a young Indian boy named Tom who runs away with his mom in the middle of the night to be with his father who is wanted for murder. After Tom's father dies his mother also dies in grief. Tom being all alone decides to return to his ancesters ways of life. Tom lays down a vow saying that he will never return to the white man's world. This is a good story because it shows how Tom finds his true idenity. The story is full of Tom facing obstacles in the wild and how he learns to survive them. The conflicts in the story are man vs society and man vs nature. If those are the book you like then this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A real life look at what the Native people had to go through. A great book with much insight if you want to find it. Yes it is sad but definitely not boring. We read it every year in school and the students always gain a new appreciation and perspective on life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly a masterpiece. It had some of my favorite qualities in a book. Some of these qualities include suspense, survival, and heart. The book did have some parts where you wonder why didn't he do this or that. In towards the end you figure out why. The author leads you on leads you on, then just as you think something is going to happen the author sends you another direction. I love it when the author does that! Something in this book I do not like is when something is going so perfect then a bad guy comes in and ruins it, but that adds suspense. This book takes you on a ride without one dull moment. It will keeping you awake late at night and you won't close the book until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it and im only halfway through!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am the Thomas Black Bull that became a famous cowboy and was in the film with 'Richard Widmark' called 'When The Legend dies' released in June 1972 and is still sold in video. I won twenty(20) World titles and will soon put my web site on the internet. I have spent the last 25 years in Brazil working in the Amazon - I hold Rodeo titles in all the Nations of South America, Again, get the video with 'RICHARD WIDMARK' it will be the greatest rodeo ever 'When The Legend Dies' I'm still alive--Thomasblackbull@hotmail.com
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked this book, but at the end when he was going through all this wierd stuff, it got pretty stressful. you start to feel like the character in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow this books is like my most favorite book in the whole intire would!! well i just have to read it again. LOVE ALWAYS. Sasha Dennis
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to see this in eBook format. Love this book!
Neroon More than 1 year ago
I read this as a teenager back in the 70's. It is one of the few books that made be gasp when I set it down. I sat there for felt like an eternity pondering the book, its story, and the impact on me. I think it was one of the reasons I got a degree in Anthropology and the reason I supported the Judge Boldt decision that changed fishing rights in Washington State forever.  -- Michael
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in 5th grade and i understood every detail
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book about 20 yrs ago and I loved it then and have been looking for it to read again.
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Hey i'm Mike Crossen and I just wanted to share that I thought this book was very thought out and written well. I thought the plot was very creative, how Tom and his mother leave in the night to be with his father who is a fugitive. Then Tom's father dies and later his mother dies in grief. I thought it was creative that Tom stays in the wild by himself making a vow that he will never return to the white man's world. I thought the detail put into the story was good and it so that i could image what was going on at times. For example i could picture Tom all alone surrounded by tons of forest waiting and preparing to kill for food. I give this book three and a half stars and recomend it to anyone who likes survival stories or just likes to read. Bye
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hal Borland writes an action packed novel involving descriptions of the Ute Indian tribe, the transition from a Native American way of life to the ¿white¿ ways, and the dangerous life of a rodeo star. I liked this novel because it had great messages for the reader. The author did a great job of explaining how isolated a person can feel when life does not go as planned. I would recommend this book to young adult readers interested in learning about the struggle to find out who you are. Thomas Blackbull, the main character in the novel, is a person that everyone can relate to in one sense or another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the ledgens die would have to be some of my fav. books ever. Tom grew up in the mountains he only speaked ute and only new the old way.One day a old family friend searched for tom and convinced him to come with him and teach the old ways. He tricked tom and had him at a reservation school and changed his came to thomas. he refused to learn the white mans way and sune found his way riding bronks to death.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for Native American Arts class, and it soon became one of my favorite books! Not only was it impecably written, but it was written at a level where just about anyone 7th and up could understand it. It addresses many issues that are apparent in today's society especially discovering one's own identity. This is an excellent must read book for people of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book started out as a task but as I read on the need to read more and more overcame me. It was like breathing or eating. It brought up new thoughts and old thoughts I never wanted to deal with, but seeing Tom's courage made me get out of my seat and do something. If you like to have new thoughts provoked then this book is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about finding who you are...but it is a little too slow for my taste at first. After a while, when the story is developed, it gets exciting. This is a good book for people of all ages, especially guys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In When The Legends Die Hal Borland expresses the themes mistreatment and discrimination of indians.Borland gives good details and ideas to support those themes.One of Borlands main characters Bessie, is a loving and traditional person.She wants to keep her Ute heritage going.I really liked this book, one because it gave mental images and makes you want to keep reading. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about indians and how they live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In When Legends Die Hal Borland stresses the theme of searching for yourself. He invisions this theme by having Tom have flashbacks and looking into his thoughts. Tom wants to destroy his past of being a Ute indian by being a rodeo rider. Thomas is a confused man that wants to take his feelings out on the horses. I really liked this book. This book is very easy to get into to and you will not want to put it down. The only part that I didn't like about this book was that it had to much detail and went on to long.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In WheThe Legends Die Hal Borland discusses the themes of Respecting your heritage. Hal Borland covers these topics very well. The words he chooses create vivid pictures in your mind. His words also allow you to hear the inner thoughts of Thomas Black Bull. Tom wants 'to be a rider' to help destroy his past. He believed 'the old way is finished' until one day he says to himself 'I have forgotten who I am'. This book allows you to really understand what the character is thinking. I did not personally enjoy reading this book. I believe this book drags on too much. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the importance of respecting your heritage and the mistreat of indians.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In When The Legends Die Hal Borland infers the question 'who are you.' Borland covers this topic exceptionally well, by creating images that are extremely realistic you feel as if you are part of the story. Tom swears he will never return to the white man's world. He will dress in 'his moccasins and his clout.' I enjoyed this book for many reasons. I found the book outrageously interesting, never wanting to put it down. If you enjoy books that you feel incorporated in, this is the book for you. Borland creates realistic images that pull you into the book. I also found this book encouraging in that Tom accomplishes something no one thinks he can
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.