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Little Big Man [Anglais] [Broché]

Thomas Berger
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"A seminal event in the most significant cultural and literary trend of the 1960s... Few creative works of post-Civil War America have had as much of the fibre and blood of national experience in them" (Nation)

"One of the best novels of the decade and the best novel ever about the American West" (New York Times) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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'I am a white man and never forget it, but I was brought up by the Cheyenne Indians from the age of ten.' So starts the story of Jack Crabb, the 111-year old narrator of Thomas Berger's masterpiece of American fiction. As a "human being", as the Cheyenne called their own, he won the name Little Big Man. He dressed in skins, feasted on dog, loved four wives and saw his people butchered by the horse soldiers of General Custer, the man he had sworn to kill.

As a white man, Crabb hunted buffalo, tangled with Wyatt Earp, cheated Wild Bill Hickok and survived the Battle of Little Bighorn. Part-farcical, part-historical, the picaresque adventures of this witty, wily mythomaniac claimed the Wild West as the stuff of serious literature.

--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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  • Broché: 448 pages
  • Editeur : Mandarin; Édition : New edition (janvier 1978)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0417025300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0417025308
  • Dimensions du produit: 17,4 x 11 x 3,2 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Mémoires d'un visage pâle 13 mars 2013
Par Ravetto
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
On se souvient du film d'Arthur Penn, truculent, drôle, captivant.
Ce roman, duquel le film est tiré, est encore meilleur.
Un vrai plaisir
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The beginning of a sub-genre 27 janvier 2005
Par Jack Purcell - Publié sur Amazon.com
When Little Big Man was first published during the 1960s it was the culmination and a spin-off from a series of events. Old men in geriatric homes throughout the US were claiming to be the 'real' John Wilkes Booth, Jesse James, Billy the Kid and other notorious figures in the history of the American west. Berger created a spin-off character, Jack Crabbe, who claimed to be none of these, but managed to be present for a surprising number of pivotal events of the 19th Century. He also claimed to know many of the characters involved, including Sitting Bull, Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp and his brothers, Bat Masterson, George Armstrong Custer and others.

In addition to being a great read and informative piece of historical fiction, this novel became a model for the anti-hero of a number of other historical fiction series and works. The most notable of these is the George MacDonald Frazer, Flashman books.

Berger has done a signal job of turning over the rocks of history, finding twists and turns normally not part of the legends, and weaving them into a character and plot unsurpassed in American historical fiction.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the finest American novels 6 janvier 2003
Par J. Remington - Publié sur Amazon.com
Long before Micheal Blake's politically correct tome "Dances With Wolves" gave voice to other side of the American West, Thomas Berger wrote the expertly crafted, humourous, tragic and down right entertaining "Little Big Man". Written in 1965, when it was still fashionable to portray the Native American as a "in the way savage", Berger deftly blended the genres of tall tale and history in a manner that really has yet to be matched.
The character of Jack Crabb is cut of classic cloth. His story may very well be pure hogwash, but it is filled with touching humanity that underpins all the comedy. Berger portrays The Cheyenne people, or the "Human Beings" as possessing many of the same foibles and warts as their European counterparts. They are not painted as noble savages as in Blake's new agey work, but rather as complex characters deserving of respect and honor.
Berger's General Custer is a wry study of madness that somehow avoids cynicism. One of this book's many virtues lies in its ability to lend the Western myth a critical eye, while avoiding the nihilistic pessimism that frequently goes hand in hand with such work (something the film version couldn't avoid).
"Little Big Man" is a must read to all who love good yarns spun with a big heart and a bigger mind.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 All Time Favorite Through The Years 21 février 2000
Par Deborah L. Cohen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Like many others who reviewed this book, I first read it (in high school) after seeing the movie. The movie was a real eye opener for me, for the first time giving me a sense of Indians as real people, struggling to stay themselves and maintain their way of life against the relentless & overwhelming campaign of conquest, destruction & genocide by Whites. It inspired me to read this book, which I found to far surpass in richness, character development and detail what I had thought to be an excellent movie. After reading it the first time I think I read it annually for the next ten years, and several more times since. Each time it has moved me to laughter, anger, and without fail tears at the end. I can't begin to do it justice, even trying gives me "...a pain between my ears..." and some of the reader reviews have already done a fine job of describing it. There's just a couple of points I'd like to add. Jack Crabb has always reminded me Huckleberry Finn. Through close personnal experience, each character evolves in his understanding and appreciation of a race he'd been raised to believe inherently inferior to whites (Jack Crabb's rearing by Indians does not begin till his tenth year). Niether Jack nor Huck are saints who always "knew better". Along the way, both struggle with feelings of doubt, guilt & shame when they find themslves favoring the Indians or Blacks over Whites. Both think badly of themselves for doing so. Like Mark Twain, Thomas Berger puts us into the head of a White male who struggles with the conflict between his own experience and the stereotypes he'd been raised on and which shape the White society of his time. Both books are marvels of insight into human nature. "Little Big Man" goes further in brighing alive actual historical events Jack experiences first hand. Read the history book by Dee Brown, "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" to afirm how well Thomas Berger captured and related such notorius events as the Washita massacre and the Battle at the Little Big Horn. My other point to new readers is to be sure and read the Forward, which is actually part of the novel and provides valuable background and insight into Jack's character and wisdom. Enjoy.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Little Big Novel? 9 mai 2011
Par BOB - Publié sur Amazon.com
I just re-read this for the first time in forty years, when I read it shortly after seeing the movie. I had always rated it among my favorite novels and my estimation has not diminished. It is like a lost Mark Twain novel, in many respects surpassing most of Twain's own novels. It is a major accomplishment and the forerunner to Zelig and Forrest Gump and any other 'little nobody just happens to be present at many major world events' stories that have come down the pike subsequently. Jack Crabb is a quintessential American Everyman...literally, as he lives alternately in the white world as well as the Indians'. He can literally see multiple points of view from a vantage point that few, if any, could ever acquire. This is the tall tale to tower over all other tall tales, one of the ultimate American epics. Ironically, this novel, like Jack Crabb himself, seems to be inexplicably neglected in any discussion of major American novels, to which select company this certainly belongs.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best books ever about the American West. 28 janvier 1999
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I have my students read this book as a supplement to an American history survey course. It is an good source because Berger's fiction mirrors what often happened during the European-American conquest of the West. From hemanahs to Custer's band playing during the Washita attack, Berger shows that truth and fiction are often separated by a very thin line. At the same time he illustrates that during the battles over the plains, no one group had a monopoly on civility or savagery. Despite of these strengths, I suspect that the real reason my students enjoy the book is because it makes them laugh.
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