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James Welch (1) (1940–2003)

Autor/a de Fools Crow

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11+ obres 2,784 Membres 35 Ressenyes

Obres de James Welch

Fools Crow (1986) 881 exemplars
Winter in the Blood (1974) 636 exemplars
The Heartsong of Charging Elk (2000) 386 exemplars
The Indian Lawyer (1990) 216 exemplars
The Death of Jim Loney (1979) 189 exemplars
Riding the Earthboy 40 (1976) 69 exemplars

Obres associades

The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Col·laborador — 388 exemplars
Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native American Short Stories (1991) — Col·laborador — 189 exemplars
The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology (1988) — Introducció — 178 exemplars
Harper's Anthology of Twentieth Century Native American Poetry (1988) — Col·laborador — 140 exemplars
Heart of the Land: Essays on Last Great Places (1994) — Col·laborador — 105 exemplars
Earth Song, Sky Spirit (1993) — Col·laborador — 67 exemplars
Song of the Turtle: American Indian Literature 1974-1994 (1996) — Col·laborador — 60 exemplars
Nothing But the Truth: An Anthology of Native American Literature (2000) — Col·laborador — 52 exemplars
Pathetic Literature (2022) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
Stories for a Winter's Night (2000) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Durable Breath: Contemporary Native American Poetry (1994) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars

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Considered a founding text in the Native American Renaissance, James Welch’s 1974 debut novel (he was already a poet) received a 2021 Penguin Classics reissue with new remarks from Joy Harjo and Louise Erdrich giving it context. The unnamed narrator is a 32 year old member of the Blackfeet tribe in Montana. While his mother owns a successful ranch on the reservation, it’s fair to say he is somewhat lost and weighed down with grief, personal but also, surely, historical. Welch explores this grief with a taut poetic prose that is at turns realist and slightly surreal, grim and humorous, in a series of structured scenes over a short period of time that lead to new understanding.

In one such scene, the narrator visits a native elder, now blind, who lives alone in a crude cabin on the grassland. The elder claims he does not feel alone as he has the animals to talk to. Mockingly asked if the deer talk to him about the weather, he dismisses the jibe, but replies that the deer are not happy. The conversation continues:

“Not happy? But surely to a deer one year is as good as the next. How do you mean?”
“They are not happy with the way things are. They know what a bad time it is. They can tell by the moon when the world is cockeyed.”
“But that’s impossible.”
“They understand the signs. This earth is cockeyed.”


One thing I think I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older is that this earth is always cockeyed. It’s always a bad time. People are always seeing the end. That’s not wrong; the world as we know it does and always will end, though it’s also only a part of our story here and should not exclude awareness of the rest of that story. I think from reading this book that Welch would agree. Erdrich writes in her introduction, “I think it annoyed Welch that this book was called bleak. That world of bones and wind may be stark but it is filled with life, and life is stories.” Life, stories, spirit: these things endure and always will.
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lelandleslie | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Feb 24, 2024 |
General George Custer’s 1876 attack on a huge camp of Plains Indians has gone down as the most disastrous defeat in American history and yet for many years Custer was portrayed as heroic and the Indians as merciless savages. The placing of Custer on a pedestal has definitely faded in recent years as much like “The Emperor’s New Clothes” historians and history buffs alike have spoken out about what lead up to the Battle of the Little Bighorn and it’s after effects.

Killing Custer by James Welch is an insightful book that deals with the above issues, as well as the personalities of those involved. Custer, Reno, Benteen, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Gall, and many others played a part that is detailed in this book. The indigenous author presents a fair account of what happened and why and explains how the politics of the day ensured that Custer became the doomed hero of the event.

I have long been interested in the Battle of Little Bighorn and have visited the site three or four times over the years. While Killing Custer doesn’t add anything new to the mix, I did appreciate that Welch represented both sides in a realistic and thoughtful manner.
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DeltaQueen50 | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Nov 23, 2023 |
Unusual story about a Oglala Indian, Charging Elk, who as a very young man refused to be put on the reservation and spent three years with a friend out on the frontier basically by themselves. Returning to the reservation, he somehow was selected by Buffalo Bill to join his touring company and go to France. While in France, he enjoyed participating in the show but was accidentally thrown from his horse and wound up in a French hospital unable to speak the language. Buffalo Bill's group had left him.

The story actually begins at this point with his confusion and fear at the "sickhouse". He manages to escape and lives on the street but is found and turned over to the American embassy. One bureaucratic bumble after another prevents his return to America. He is eventually placed into the home of a fishmonger who treated him well and he learned some French and learned to love the family. After a while, however, he moves to his own place and yearning for a wife and family begins to visit a whorehouse. He falls in loves with a woman who isn't quite sure what to think of him. Earlier at the fish market a well known homosexual chef had eyed Charging Elk and he forces the whore to give him a drug so that the chef can molest him CE wakes up during the encounter and stabs the man to death. A very unfair trial follows and CE winds up in a remote prison where he becomes a model prisoner and learns to garden. He is eventually released again to a home of a farmer who treats him well. Natalie, the daughter falls in love with CK and they sort of "live happily ever after." Many more complications although the ending might be a bit too pat. Still a very good read and interesting look at the European fascination with the American West and the sad story of a man forced to leave everything behind and forced into a totally new culture.
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maryreinert | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Oct 20, 2023 |
'Winter In The Blood,' for a Welch novel, is intriguingly enough quite lackluster. The plot follows a few days in the life of a Native American man straddling his family's traditional world by day and a hedonistic/seedy underworld by night. The narrative leads to a climatic finale but this is only a metaphor. There is neither attraction nor passion in Welch's writing for this novel.

My personal belief is that Welch portrays the cynicism and directionless life of youth divorced from their heritage and history in 'Winter In The Blood.' But while his prose is excellent, his plot is exceptionally blank. Excessively bland for my taste. Would I recommend 'Winter In The Blood' to you dear reader? For its historic merit, yes. For its literary merit? No.… (més)
 
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Amarj33t_5ingh | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Jul 8, 2022 |

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Obres
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Membres
2,784
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#9,232
Valoració
3.9
Ressenyes
35
ISBN
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