CRAZY HORSE by Mari Sandoz


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The author of Old Jules turns again to biography, this time in the saga of a great Indian leader, Crazy Horse. His life encompasses the bitter period of the Sioux Wars, which culminated at Little Big Horn. Brought up on tales and legends surrounding him, she finally felt compelled to trace them to their sources, and from that long research job, this book emerges. It is a book that stands as a monument to white stupidity -- and cupidity --and mismanagement, as the author traces successive tragic mistakes, from the day when a mischance precipitated virtual massacre, to ""Custer's last fight"". Curly or the Light Haired Boy, son of a man who was virtually a mystic, was twelve at the start; he had friends among the whites, and no hatred nor bitterness against them. This is the story of how hate grew, nurtured by broken promises, cruelty, selfishness, greed, as the Oglalas and their kin were pushed hither and you as he lost one after another whom he loved. The story is told in rhythmic prose, echoing the form of Indian speech. It is not easy reading -- it is often confusing -- but, in the last analysis, it is rewarding and challenging reading.

Pub Date: Nov. 30th, 1942
Publisher: Knopf