Little Big Man by Thomas Berger

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“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 

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About Thomas Berger

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Thomas Berger is the author of twenty-three novels. His previous novels include Best Friends, Meeting Evil, and The Feud, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His Little Big Man is known throughout the world.
Published April 27, 2011 by The Dial Press. 480 pages
Genres: History, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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It was made into a popular movie in which Dustin Hoffman played Jack Crabb, the rarely heroic Little Big Man of the title.) But the book was better: a moving, startlingly unsentimental and often hilarious account of the years leading up to the battle of Little Big Horn, narrated by a white man w...

Mar 06 1999 | Read Full Review of Little Big Man

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Because AJB does not know Cheyenne, LBM has to translate for CSB, who quickly decides that he has heard enough PR from the forked tongue: "Have you been telling me exactly what this fat man says in English, or have you made some changes?"

Jul 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Little Big Man

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