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O Lost: A Story of the Buried Life
Published in Hardcover by University of South Carolina Press (2000)
Authors: Thomas Wolfe, Arlyn Bruccoli, and Matthew Joseph Bruccoli
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Interesting, but not revolutionary
Look Homeward Angel has for decades been a standard coming of age book read devotedly by people in their late teens and early twenties. Over the years, stories developed concerning the amount of cutting that editor Maxwell Perkins (who also edited Hemingway and Fitzgerald) did on the book. The accepted wisdom was that Perkins pulled a masterpiece out of a huge, unpublishable manuscript. This edition, which is based on Wolfe's orginial manuscript and uses his chosen title, shows that while Perkins did help to shape the book, the text that he began with was not the monstrosity it was later believed to be. Some of the cuts Perkins made, such as W.O. Gant's memories of Gettysburg, would appear in Of Time and the River, and Perkins later admitted that he was wrong to cut it. Other material that one reads for the first time seems less important. Overall, I did not find the book to be that different from Look Homeward Angel. It shows both Wolfe's strengts and weaknesses, his abiliy to create Whitmanesque passages, and to engage in self-indulgent prose. I agree with the other reviewers that it is unfortunate that this book so quickly was allowed to go out of print. Whichever version you read, this is a book best read before you are 30.

Finally, the lost is found
I first re read Look Homeward Angel,( which I had not read for almost 50 years) then O Lost. I think that the original manuscript is far superior to the edited version, that was originally published. Certainly the introduction is excellant and sets the stage for W.O.Gant's odessey. Admittedly, some editing would be helpful, to make a smoother transition from one chapter to another, but only minor ones, not the radical surgery that was actually done.

I think that Wolfe realized this, and that was why he changed publishers. I look forward to the unedited manuscripts of the Web and the Rock, and You can't go home again.

My only problem is that during the period when I first read these novels, I have had medical and particularly psychiatric training. It is obvious that W.O. suffered from severe bipolar or manic depressive psychosis. With modern treatment, he would have been a happier man, or at least those around him would have had better lives. But then perhaps Thomas Wolfe would not have been the writer that he was to become.

Time regained
What a wonderful book. It's too bad so many readers today know only Tom Wolfe, not Thomas Wolfe. Even though it has been at least 10 years since reading Look Homewood Angel, I knew almost immediately when I came to the new sections. They add a depth to the novel, bringing in the whole town and relatives, rather being only about Eugene Gant. My favorite Wolfe readings involve trains; the experience about time stopping for a moment when you look into the eyes of someone looking directly at you into the train, is exactly as I remember my earlier train rides.What are they doing now, that the train has passed? Other 800 page books might be dull, but not this one. Having been given it as a present recently, I am very surprised and disappointed that it is already 'out of print." More people should know about O Lost!

Dance House: Stories from Rosebud
Published in Paperback by Red Crane Books (1998)
Authors: Joe Marshall and Joseph, III Marshall
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Dispelling Stereostypes
Joseph Marshall III's the Dance House: Stories from Rosebud relates knowledgeable insight from the Sicangu Lakota Sioux's point of view, using everyday incidents as well as historical events. A Lakota Sioux historian who was raised on the Rosebud reservation, the author's simple yet harmonious language creates a memorable collection of eight short stories and five essays that present a truthful representation of Native Americans. Using the underlying theme that heritage is important to one's identity. Marshall is adamant in erasing the white man's barbaric, ignorant image of the Indian.

In the title story, after the tribe's dance house was ordered burned by the United States Government which seized the Black Hills land where the house stood, Jacob Little Thunder and others, outwitting the white "boss farmer" and defying the Dawes Act, build a house of happiness where the people of Grass Valley could come together to remember "the old days and traditional way."

Gus Pretty Crow, through his unwavering honesty, brought the demise of the haughty sheriff in "1965 Continental." One rainy night a stranger appears at Gus' door requesting mechanical help. When Gus recommends that the man wait until the next morning and call the local wrecker "that runs, sometimes," the stranger propositions him: "Sell me your [1950] truck and I'll give you that 1965 Lincoln Continental." After Gus explains that an Indian owning a new luxury vehicle would create problems for him, the stranger promises that just a phone call to him would fix any problem that would occur. Reluctantly Gus agrees to the transaction and soon after the harassment by the local sheriff begins.

Jon Marichale educates his grandfather during a reminiscent outing about the petrifaction process of a stone turtle the grandfather had discovered years before.

The Dance House is necessary reading for anyone who is interested in the truth about Native American culture, or simply enjoys gifted storytelling.


Lakota Sioux historian and novelist Marshall proves himself a triple threat with these powerful essays and short stories. As the subtitle suggests, the nine pieces collected here all deal with life on the author's home reservation of Rosebud, SD, and it is a credit to Marshall's ability as a storyteller that the fictional stories are nearly indistinguishable from the factual essays. Subject to changes brought in by Euro-American culture that surrounds it, Marshall's Rosebud is nevertheless a timeless place where the Sioux insist on maintaining their identity. Readers will be grateful to Marshall for building a dance house of the mind, one that draws on autobiography, nature writing, legend and the day-to-day adventures and misadventures of his own family and neighbors.

Nanook of the North
Published in Hardcover by HarperCollins (1971)
Author: Robert Joseph Flaherty
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Good Movie
I saw this movie during a documentary class and my whole class enjoyed watching this movie. However there are many who refer to this movie as a view of "eskimo" life, which it is not. We learned in class that this movie was actually representing a time about 10-15 years prior to the filming. Many of the things in this movie were contrived for the making of the film. Some examples of this were Nanook's name (and family) and the walrus hunt (they no longer used harpoons to get walrus', instead they used guns).

However, that said, this WAS one of the best fictional accounts of inuit life I have ever seen. It truely had the flavor of reality and I found myself numourous time pulling for the people in the film. It also had an essence of comedy that I had not expected. I found my self very satisfied with the movie in general.

The beginning of Documentary Film, One of The Greatest Films
Most of what I could say has already been said. It is an important historical document of a vanished way of life. It is a unique tribute to one man & his stand agianst the elements. Flaherty invented documentary as we now know it in this film. The filmmaker displays almost as much tenacity & courage in recording the material as Nanook does in his everyday life. A measure of the film's greatness is the profound effect it had on Orson Welles. After seeing the film Welles is said to have abandoned the editing of his 'Magnificent Ambersons' & taken on a journey to South America to shoot in documentary style.

A classic of ethnographic film
Robert Flaherty's "Nanook of the North" is a true classic of ethnographic film. The principle behind anthropological film in the early days of its existence was to capture traditional societies in time, a sort of "salvage ethnography." In doing so, filmmakers like Flaherty and others particularly focused on Amerindian cultures, which were seen as a dying remnant of early America. In creating his silent masterpiece, Flaherty used actors of Inuit extraction, who still knew the traditional ways, and who could reproduce their culture for posterity through film. Though his methods have been criticized as contrived and retrogressive, post-modernist rhetoric has not succeeded in ruining this film in the popular or anthropological circles. "Nanook" remains a warm account of traditional Inuit/Eskimo life, despite their frigid setting. The DVD collectable edition contains some photo galleries and useful material about Flaherty and his subjects.

North Korean Special Forces
Published in Hardcover by Jane's Information Group (1988)
Author: Joseph Bermudez
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Excellent resource with a few flaws...
I really enjoyed this book. It is really the only book that authoritatively covers this topic. The book's sections on the different SF organizations in the DPRK are based on solid evidence. Some of the information seemed to me to be quite old (from the 60's), but nevertheless is convincing and still relevant considering that the DPRK seems to still operate in many of the same ways.

It is not surprising that some of the rhetoric in the book is right-of-center. For instance, Bermudez (like most other American authors on the DPRK) likes to point out atrocities committed by 'communist' guerillas while ignoring the fact that most atrocities committed during the period of 1945-1953 were committed by the Korean National Police, Army of the Republic of Korea, and right-wing youth groups. He mentions atrocities committed by communists during the Yosu-Sunchon Rebellion, but fails to mention the utter holocaust visited upon the residents of Cheju Island by the Korean Constabulary (Army), KNP, and violent right-wing youth groups; by the way, these forces were transported to the island with US assets and advised by US military advisors in the field. Bermudez doesn't seem to be interested in really addressing what motivated the guerillas of the South, but considering the scope of this book, this is just a minor detail.

Also rather annoying were the frequent and obvious spelling and grammar issues. I don't think there was much of an editing process! Check out page 22 where Bermudez says that communist partisans were to "ferment unrest". I didn't know you COULD "ferment" unrest(!) I believe the word he was looking for was "foment". These issues with his English are frequent enough to be somewhat of an annoyance, but don't really make the book any less interesting.

An Important Contribution
One is hard-pressed to find a well-researched material on North Korea's military forces, though there are some excellent research books written by military officers in "lessons learned" formats. The North Korean special operations force, according to South Korea's Defense White Paper, poses one of the most significant military threat in the region along with P'yongyang's chemical weapons and ballistic missiles. This book traces this formidable force from its inception through the present, revealing a significant facet of North Korea's overall military strategy. Despite the timeliness of this work and the depth of its research from one of the most well-known North Korea specialist, it suffers from somewhat poor readability.

Accurate and Informative
I had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Bermudez as well as reading this book while researching North Korean Special Forces. The book is highly informative and the author exceptionally knowledgeable. It would be interesting to see the latest information he has gathered considering the present economic/food situations.

At time of printing, NKSF were the best special forces in the world for their set of missions. Other special forces are better suited for different missions and have different resources available to them.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for reliable background information on the specific topic, as well as anyone interested in the highly ideological and self sacrificial mentality instilled in these people.

I Will Fight No More Forever": Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War
Published in Library Binding by Bt Bound (1999)
Authors: Merrill D. Beal and Herman J. Deutsch
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story of the nex pierce
a good history of the nex pierce
this work could have been stronger if the author would had defined the nez pierce relationships with the other indian tribes better and whther or not the nez pierce became indian scouts themselves

A story that will rip your heart out!
The new version has 366 pages. My 1963 edition has 374. Either way, you will get your money's worth from I Will Fight No More Forever. This is one of the best books I have found on the Nez Perce history or on Chief Joseph. Merrill Beal goes deep into the entire situation surrounding the Nez Perce at the time. He uses the first three chapters to cover the Nez Perce history and culture, setting the stage for the action that followed.

I will give Beal credit. For a white man writing about Native American issues during a time when they were still considered second-class citizens, he did a remarkable job of portraying them as a peaceful, agricultural people. He seems supportive of them and even quite respectful of their accomplishments.

One thing that I particularly like about this book is the use of frequent quotes from both sides, especially from little-known military documents. As you read the book, you start to feel the turmoil of some of the troops that were forced to pursue this tribe, a tribe that had always welcomed and befriended the whites.

This is one book that will rip your heart out! You cannot read it and remain untouched. It is the story of a peaceful people chased from their land, forced to abandon most of their belonging. A few men that were able to fight were trying to protect the women, children, and elderly as they fled to reach the safety of the Canadian border. Of the 450 Natives, only 150 were able to fight. They had more than 5,000 head of half-wild livestock to herd along. Their belongings were piled upon the little Appaloosas, making their going extremely difficult.

For 11 weeks, from 11 June to 5 October, 1877, these tough Natives traveled almost 1700 miles, zig-zagging across the worst terrain in this country. They fought to a stand still or defeated the 10 best commands in the U.S. Army in 13 battles. Their tired, heavily laden, half-starved little Appaloosas consistently out-maneuvered the Army's fresh, well-fed remounts.

The Army used every dirty trick in the book. They even violated flags of truce. They killed women, children, elderly, and the wounded. They went so far as to allow their scouts to scalp the dead. It is a horrendous story. It sickens you that it is a true story and that these were crimes perpetrated by Americans on American soil, not in a foreign, third world country by "uncivilized" people.

The Army wasted $931,329.02 chasing down a group of people that only wanted to leave the country. This entire ordeal was brought about by the government's desire to teach the Native Americans a lesson and to use the Nez Perce as examples. The cost in human lives was 127 soldiers killed and 147 wounded, 50 civilians killed, and 122 Nez Perce killed with 93 wounded. But these numbers reflect only the casualties of the actual "war." More than half of the "apprehended" Nez Perce died in military custody or under direct military supervision, long after the fighting ended.

If you never read any other book about Native Americans, read this one. It will illuminate why the Nez Perce are held in such high regard by other tribes and viewed as role models for all to follow. It also explains why the Appaloosa became the most desired horse in America. Of over 1100 horses taken, 870 were shot under the order of General Sherman (a man of some claim to fame as an arsonist in Atlanta, Georgia). Sherman desired to "make sure" that the Nez Perce could never repeat their performance during this horrendous flight for freedom.

I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. It should be required reading during high school. It is an outstanding book of literary and historical value. It is simply the best reading to be found anywhere! Get a copy today.

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A Heartbreaker!
This book is gut-wrenching and difficult to read at times. It is packed with so much emotion. The book also helped me in understanding more about the Indian Wars and how they were fought on the Western Frontier. Good Book!

The Arrow over the Door
Published in Hardcover by Dial Books for Young Readers (1998)
Authors: Joseph Bruchac and James Watling
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Bruchac At His Best
Native American literature is such a new genre but it will be a thriving one if THE ARROW OVER THE DOOR is any indication. Joseph Bruchac is an Abeneki Indian who is both rediscovering his family's culture and teaching us all about the peaceful acceptance of others through out the pages of this book. Samual, a young Quaker, and Stands Straight, a young American Indian, have seperate lives which are on an inevitable path towards each other. Their meeting and the way in which they handle themselves shapes the immediate fate of their communities. The book is based on an actual event and offers much to readers of all ages.

Historical fiction at its best!
Both of the little-understood groups featured in this book, Quakers and Native Americans, are portrayed with depth and understanding in this short account of a true 1777 incident near Saratoga, NY. The incident - in which Quakers were gathered in silent worship when a tribal group recruited to fight for the British came upon them - has been passed on orally among Quakers and others, although it has remained tainted by old conceptions of the "savage" Indian. This book corrects those faults and re-tells the story in more accurate detail than has been done previously. Though written for children, adults will also be rewarded in historical understanding and modern sensibilities by reading this wonderful book.

The Complete Guide to Buddhist America
Published in Paperback by Shambhala Publications (1998)
Authors: Don Morreale, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and H H the Dalai Lama
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The Complete Guide to Buddhist America
This is an excellent and helpful book for anyone wishing to know the locations of sanghas, monasterys, and the like in North America. There is also interesting commentary from various North American practitioners of Buddhism included in the material. The overall layout of the book is good and the amount of information is massive. My only complaint is that the information is divided into the three schools of Buddhism and then it is put in geographic order by state and province. I would have preferred it to have been all geographic with the type of Buddhism practiced placed in the listing. Others may be perfectly happy with how the book is set up however. Regardless of this I would recommend this book for those who want a large directory of Buddhist groups in North America.

The Complete Guide to Buddhist America
This book is extremely informative and practical. It clearly describes the different forms of Buddhism, including articles on each, and also covers non-sectarian Buddhist organizations.
Buddhist centers/groups are listed according to type (Theravada, etc.), and includes all the essential information for each, such as contact information and programs offered.
There is also an appendix listing the centers by location (alphabetically by state and locality), and another listing them alphabetically by name.
Many illustrations of centers and spiritual heads also add to the appeal and usefulness of this excellent book.

The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story
Published in Hardcover by Dial Books for Young Readers (1993)
Authors: Joseph Bruhac, Anna Vojtech, and Joseph Bruchac
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First Strawberries - a definite pick!
This Cheyenne tale is a great lesson about how words of anger hurt and about forgiveness. Also a nature pour-quoi tale! Can be shared easily with very young, important message for older boys and girls as well as adults. After reading this, eating strawberries will be just a little sweeter!

Get this book!
I love this book both for it's great story and because it is a terrific resource for teachers. It's one of those books (like Where the Wild Things Are or Runaway Bunny) that just grabs kids up and speaks directly to things they are deeply connected to. In this case: inequity, anger and how to deal with those feelings.

If you are a teacher (or parent) and want a book that addresses these issues witout being overly complicated or inauthentic - run, don't walk and buy this wonderful book!

Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children
Published in Hardcover by Fulcrum Pub (1997)
Authors: Michael J. Caduto, Joseph Bruchac, Ka-Hon-Hes, Carol Wood, and N. Scott Momaday
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Environmentally Aware!
This book is a fascinating way to help children connect with the natural world while teaching important environmental concepts. It comes with a guide to use the book effectively, and is divided into sections of special topics. Each section contains a Native American story, discussion ideas, interesting questions, and related indoor and outdoor activities. These activities can be accomplished without expensive materials, often in or near the home or school. Oh, by the way, adults will learn from this book also!

Great for Homeschoolers
I am a homeschooling mom and I bought this book to use with my kindergartener. This is an amazing book that combines social studies and science wonderfully. It contains alot about american indian beliefs and practices, distinguishing between the many tribal groups and traditions instead of lumping them all into one large culture. It uses indian legends as a jumping off point to study the environment, how it affects us and how we affect it.

The Heart of a Chief (Thorndike Large Print Juvenile Series)
Published in Hardcover by Thorndike Pr (Largeprint) (2002)
Author: Joseph Bruchac
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