Written sympathetically from the point of view of the Indians, this western follows the life of Tacante, a Lakota (Sioux) warrior. Born in 1848, Tacante grows up amid increasing conflict with white soldiers and settlers. He joins Crazy Horse, takes part in a number of raids and battles (including Little Big Horn) and, at 30, feels he has entered a premature, demoralized old-age: most of his friends and relatives dead, tribal land stolen, bison decimated. Wisler ( The Return of Caulfield Blake ) packs plenty of subplots into this short novel, and while the action centers mainly on war with the white man, there are also detailed descriptions of hunts, inter-tribal warfare, friendship and coming-of-age rituals and social mores. But though the narrative is nicely paced and plotted, Wisler's stilted, hokey prose deflates a potentially interesting effort. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/30/1989 Release date: 05/01/1989 Genre: Fiction
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