This is an extraordinary tale which at first seems to fit the genre of the tall tale but later takes on an unexpected credibility. Mr. Myers assembles all the relevant material of the saga of Hugh Class, a man who actually lived and whose life had more bite than a snapping turtle. The story's theme is that of the indestructible frontier spirit. Class had four lives: as a sea-captain or mariner; as an active pirate with Jean Lafitte; as a Neolithic savage among the Wolf Pawnees; and as a homeless white hunter on the Plains. A stark tale with all the romance well-bleached away. Recommended.