THE HORSECATCHER by Mari Sandoz

THE HORSECATCHER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Report repeated from the August 15th, 1956 Bulletin when this was scheduled for earlier publication reads as follows.... ""Set in the days after the white man's coming but when herds of buffalo still roamed the western plains is the story of a young Cheyenne told with the minute details of movement, custom and emotion which characterize this author's work. Its central theme is Young Elk's struggle to be himself- a non- warrior in a warrior's tribe. With his peaceful tendencies and his love of animals, especially horses, uppermost, there is a third concern with the boy's realization that he is something of a misfit. Getting to his beloved animals brings him trouble in the form of censure from his contemporaries and elders but at the last they recognize in him the true values of a trainer and a tamer. Though simply carried out, the story thread is strengthened by its very quietude, its thoughtful examination of an Indian mind and the interweaving of Cheyenne customs with the lives of other tribes- Comanche, Ute and Kiowa.

Pub Date: March 25th, 1957
ISBN: 0803291604
Publisher: Westminster