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Fools Crow de James Welch
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Fools Crow (1986 original; edició 2011)

de James Welch (Autor), Thomas McGuane (Introducció)

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"The 25th-anniversary edition of "a novel that in the sweep and inevitability of its events...is a major contribution to Native American literature." (Wallace Stegner) In the Two Medicine Territory of Montana, the Lone Eaters, a small band of Blackfeet Indians, are living their immemorial life. The men hunt and mount the occasional horse-taking raid or war party against the enemy Crow. The women tan the hides, sew the beadwork, and raise the children. But the year is 1870, and the whites are moving into their land. Fools Crow, a young warrior and medicine man, has seen the future and knows that the newcomers will punish resistance with swift retribution. First published to broad acclaim in 1986, Fools Crow is James Welch's stunningly evocative portrait of his people's bygone way of life. "--… (més)
Membre:blahster
Títol:Fools Crow
Autors:James Welch (Autor)
Altres autors:Thomas McGuane (Introducció)
Informació:Penguin Classics (2011), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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Etiquetes:1987

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Fools Crow de James Welch (1986)

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I read this in graduate school, shortly after I left my work teaching public school. I remember liking it, even wrote a paper on it. However, I don't recall as much of it now. May have to reread it someday. I read it for a course in Native American literature, which was one of the first courses I took for my masters. Out of the list of books in that class, this was one of the better ones. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
Fools Crow is a truly excellent novel. Although it took me a few chapters to really get into the rhythm of the novel, Welsh maintains a distinct tone throughout the narrative that is distinct and feels like a first-hand account of the events. The pacing was excellent and the end of the book encapsulates the sorrow at the changing future and the hope and resilience of this tribe of Blackfeet. ( )
  b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
This leisurely-paced and character-driven novel tells the story of a young Blackfeet man coming of age at the time when his tribe’s way of life is slipping away from them as white settlers steadily encroach on their Montana homelands. Though Welch does not take the timeline as far as the Little Big Horn battle, it looms on the horizon.

Although to overall sweep of the novel is tinged with the foreshadowing of the end of the great tribal plains society, the individual scenes are often sweet, quiet, domestic ones. Violence is also there, as matter-of-fact as the rising and setting of the sun. His characters follow the traditional ways, or depart from them to their grief, and each one works out his own destiny inside the circle of seasons.

Overall, it's a somewhat melancholy read, but well worth the journey. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Dec 14, 2018 |
Beautiful, Powerful, Captivating, Heartbreaking ( )
  MDesmond | Sep 21, 2018 |
James Welch has given us a wonderful account of Native American life in the late 1800s. Things are changing in northern Montana as more settlers discover the area, infringing on the hunting grounds of the natives. Fools Crow is a young brave in the Pikunis branch of the Blackfeet Indians. Specifically, he is part of the Lone Eaters, a close-knit band deeply rooted in the earth. The members "help each other, depend on each other…fight and die beside each other." (187) Welch gives the reader an in-depth look at the daily lives of these people and makes us privy to the dreams that guide them on their hunts and determine their personalities. We tend to lump people we don't understand into a group, forgetting that they have their strengths and weaknesses as we all do.

As their hunting grounds shrink and the white settlers bring disease west with them, a hard life becomes a fight for survival. The smallpox epidemics shrink their numbers and sap their strength. Fools Crow has seen a vision of what will become of his people and he is helpless to stop it. Honor and the blackhorns (buffalo) make his people what they are, and both are slipping away. It's a story we know well, but Welch makes it seem personal to me. ( )
4 vota Donna828 | Jan 18, 2018 |
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On the most immediate level, Mr. Welch, himself part Blackfoot, details the intricacies of coming of age in a time and society that are long gone. To a rather loose and, some might argue, episodic plot involving Fools Crow's comings and goings on buffalo hunts and so forth, Mr. Welch fastens more compelling aspects of the culture - the prayers, ghosts, dreams and waking visions that make up a warrior's spiritual life. In their fascination with exotic religions, outsiders tend to separate them from everyday life. As Mr. Welch shows to the contrary, Native Americans didn't hike up to mountaintops on empty bellies simply to have the pleasure of chromatic hallucinations....
 

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"The 25th-anniversary edition of "a novel that in the sweep and inevitability of its events...is a major contribution to Native American literature." (Wallace Stegner) In the Two Medicine Territory of Montana, the Lone Eaters, a small band of Blackfeet Indians, are living their immemorial life. The men hunt and mount the occasional horse-taking raid or war party against the enemy Crow. The women tan the hides, sew the beadwork, and raise the children. But the year is 1870, and the whites are moving into their land. Fools Crow, a young warrior and medicine man, has seen the future and knows that the newcomers will punish resistance with swift retribution. First published to broad acclaim in 1986, Fools Crow is James Welch's stunningly evocative portrait of his people's bygone way of life. "--

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