Argall by William Vollmann

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Praise for the Seven Dreams series:

"There is every indication that the Seven Dreams septology will be the most important literary project of the '90s." (The Washington Post)

"The Seven Dreams sequence promises to return us to the history of the North American continent in a form we've never seen before. . . it is likely to become one of the masterpieces of the century." (The Chicago Tribune)

For the past ten years William T. Vollmann has been working on one of the most ambitious novelistic projects of his generation: a seven-volume series of novels (Seven Dreams) that examines the repeated collisions between Native Americans and European colonizers and oppressors. Thus far, three novels have been published: The Ice-Shirt, Fathers and Crows, and The Rifles.

In Argall, the third book in the series and the fourth to be published, Vollmann alternates between extravagant Elizabethan language and gritty realism in an attempt to imagine what the lives of John Smith, Pocahontas, and their contemporaries might really have been like. Behind all of these characters stands the terrifying figure of Captain Samuel Argall, who will abduct Pocahontas, burn Indian towns, and bring black slavery to North America. This magnificent novel digs beneath the romantic legend of Pocahontas and the betrayals, disappointments, and atrocities behind it, offering a moving tale of dispossession that will appeal to fans of history and contemporary fiction alike.

About William Vollmann

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William T. Vollmann is the author of eight novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and Rising Up and Rising Down, which was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. His 1996 story collection, The Atlas, won the PEN Center USA/West Award for best fiction and he was the recipient of a 1988 Whiting Writers Award. VollmannÂ's journalism has been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harpers, Granta, Grand Street, and Outside Magazine.
Published October 1, 2001 by Viking Adult. 736 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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The story of Jamestown Colony and the personal histories of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas, among others, take center stage--in this huge and fascinating fourth installment in the indefatigable Vollmann's ongoing serial novel Seven Dreams

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Argall: VOLUME 3 OF SEVEN DRE...

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Vollmann's novel about Pocahontas and John Smith, written in pseudo-Elizabethan prose, conveys a postmodern approach to history.

Sep 30 2001 | Read Full Review of Argall: VOLUME 3 OF SEVEN DRE...

Publishers Weekly

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"Reader Right Honorable; I warn'd you that this Book of mine doth drag me down toward the worst," writes William the Blind, chronicler of this third "dream" of Vollman's pro

Sep 03 2001 | Read Full Review of Argall: VOLUME 3 OF SEVEN DRE...

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