The Dying Grass

The Dying Grass

A Novel of the Nez Perce War

Book - 2015
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"The reading experience of a lifetime ..."-- The Washington Post

The National Book Award winner takes readers inside the epic fighting retreat of the Nez Perce Indians 

In this new installment in his acclaimed series of novels examining the collisions between Native Americans and European colonizers, William T. Vollmann tells the story of the Nez Perce War, with flashbacks to the Civil War. Defrauded and intimidated at every turn, the Nez Perces finally went on the warpath in 1877, subjecting the U.S. Army to its greatest defeat since Little Big Horn as they fled from northeast Oregon across Montana to the Canadian border. Vollmann's main character is not the legendary Chief Joseph, but his pursuer, General Oliver Otis Howard, the brave, shy, tormented, devoutly Christian Civil War veteran. In this novel, we see him as commander, father, son, husband, friend, and killer.

Teeming with many vivid characters on both sides of the conflict, and written in an original style in which the printed page works as a stage with multiple layers of foreground and background, The Dying Grass is another mesmerizing achievement from one of the most ambitious writers of our time.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2015]
ISBN: 9780670015986
0670015989
Characteristics: 1356 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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Jul 26, 2015

Warning: following contains hero worship:

William Vollmann is America's, and maybe the world's greatest living writer. Sometimes I can't believe he was raised in this country, so aware and expressive, and articulate.

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