" 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.
About the Author
Thomas Berger(1924 2014) was the bestselling author of novels, short stories, and plays, including the Old West classic"Little Big Man"(1964) and the Pulitzer Prize nominated novel"The Feud"(1983). Berger was born in Cincinnati and served with a medical unit in World War II, an experience that provided the inspiration for his first novel, "Crazy in Berlin"(1958). Berger found widespread success with his third novel, "Little Big Man", and maintained a steady output of critically acclaimed work since then. Several of his novels have been adapted into film, including a celebrated version of"Little Big Man". His short fiction has appeared in"Harper s Magazine", "Esquire", and"Playboy". Berger lived in New York.