The National Book Award winner takes listeners 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 US 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, The Dying Grass is another mesmerizing achievement from one of the most ambitious writers of our time.
©2015 William T. Vollmann (P)2015 Recorded Books
It took a couple of hours to get accustomed to the writing style but Henry Strozier's performance soon brought it all together. the research and subtexts were very well done and their incorporation into the novel was seamless.
This was painful
Made me want to sleep
About 40 hours
Wish I would have looked into this more first
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