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This is an auction for THE RETURN OF LITTLE BIG MAN by Thoman Berger.

"The story of Jack Crabbe, raised by both a white man and a Cheyenne chief. As a Cheyenne, Jack ate dog, had four wives and saw his people butchered by General Custer's soldiers. As a white man, he participated in the slaughter of the buffalo and tangled with Wyatt Earp." review:

"FIVE STARS!!! When LITTLE BIG MAN was first published 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 Hickok, 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."

"FIVE STARS!!! This may be one of the best books written in the last fifty years not only from an entertainment perspective but from a literary one as well. Berger's mastery in spinning the web of an 111-year-old man who's been everywhere and seen everything in the Old West is spectacular. If you're a fan of western history as I am or just a fan of good writing LITTLE BIG MAN will fit your bill. I've read this book countless times and taught to high school level students with nary a complaint."

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Penguin paperback 1968.

440 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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