Sacagawea's Nickname: Essays on the American West ePUB

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  1. Patrick Patrick says:

    Non fiction essays by Larry McMurtry are almost always a delight for me and there are some wonderful essays in this collection However I found that several of the first essays in this book were repetitive of material he has written about in other recent non fiction books about the west and in two essays I found entire sentences that seem to be exactly the same as those I have read in his biography on Crazy Horse and his book about Bill Cody and Annie OakleyBut soem of these essay are McMurtry are his best funny ornery informative casting a lightly critical eye on the absurdity that came out of the efforts of white Americans to define and study the west especially the native American peoples I laughed out loud throughout the wonderfull essay Zuni and I emphatically recommend it anyone with an interest in Native American history which of course if far too often written by or translated by whites who often miss a lot on what they're seeing and hearingOthe good essays in this collection are A Heroine of The Praries about the historian Angtie Debo Powell of the Colorado Cookie Pioneers a very funny critical yet sympathetic review of the recent book of western revisionist historian Patricia Nelson Limerick and two essays near the end about Lewis and Clark and their journey of the Corps of Discovery The first essay is about the literary merits of the actual book that the was published as a result of their endeavors and the second is the piece that give this collection its title as it is about the Shoshone woman Sacagawea That is a particularly nice piece by McMurtryIn summary this collection as a whole is uneven but some of the essays are delighftul This is a uick read

  2. Mickey Mickey says:

    Some writers are so closely associated with the region they write about that to try to separate them from their settings would be like trying to take a fish out of waterThis book contains essays about the West All of the essays were beautifully constructed While McMurtry discusses at length the creation of the myths that surround the region much of this book seems to have the intention of telling the stories of the West in an unsentimental and slightly brutal fashion which is very westernI suppose I cannot write this review properly without some personal information I was born and bred out West I was born in North Dakota and to this day most of my extended family live there I spent most of my childhood in another western state with a plain view of the Big Horn Mountains Twice a year my family would drive up to the big city passing the site of Custer's Last Stand aka The Battle of Little Big Horn in order to buy clothes for the next season My high school abutted a field where cattle grazed so when the wind was right or actually wrong the whole building would reek of cow manure My favorite high school teacher who taught English was a compact short tempered little cowboy who entertained the school at large with his ongoing bitter feud with the other English teacher who was a feminist Looking back at what I remember of his classes every semester we would read one Shakespeare play and one classic book such as The Great Gatsby or The Nick Adams Stories which I'm now positive the powers that be insisted on and the rest of the time was spent reading books like The Big Sky The War on Powder River and The Ox Bow Incident I also was introduced to Larry McMurtry's book Lonesome Dove for which I am grateful As a person who did not choose to live out West I found none of the romance of the region that many others did The emptiness the lack of history and the provincialism grated on me I do miss the cultural acceptance of a maverick attitude though I left as soon as I graduated high school The whole idea of moving out West again is something that I have nightmares about I'm not sure if any book can overcome such obstacles I certainly didn't feel any nostalgia or urge to visit but I will say that in this book as well as in his other books he captures the essence of the West There is a unflinching realism and a sort of casual acceptance of the harshness of life that I recognize when I read his works as being the environment that I grew up in That sort of authenticity is not something that all Western writers have yet it is absolutely essential to understanding the region and its people As far as I'm concerned McMurtry is the voice of the West It's not a voice that completely resonates with me but I can recognize it for what it is

  3. Tim Dimo Tim Dimo says:

    An awesome resource for further reading about the American West McMurtry's use of language is neither overbearing nor too simple though his repeated use of from whence seems like an editorial oversightHaving read this book I am now looking forward to the many sources listed within Touching on the myths heroes legends as well as the poets realists and other characters of the West I've gained a much better understanding that this region and its history are largely misrepresented by popular media In my own travels throughout the West this has become increasingly clear though somewhat muted by the marketer's approach of using myth as tourist baitIn recent years I have read Ambrose's work about the Lewis Clark expedition McMurtry notes that we now have available the complete journals of that expedition available through the University of Nebraska These journals all 5000 pages of them will be a great use of my Kindle reader since I'm not planning on lugging around all of that pulp

  4. Derrick Jeter Derrick Jeter says:

    Larry McMurtry is as good an essayist as he is a novelist and Sacagawea's Nickname is a fine example of this abilities as an essayist I was however thrown a bit by the subtitle Essay on the American West I expected a series of essays on just that the American West—insights into Manifest Destiny Native populations outlaws cowboys the Indian Wars and the like Not so This book is a collection of reviews of books about the American West This fact doesn't make McMurtry's essays any less valuable or intriguing I just had to adjust my expectations a little He is still a master of writer And if there was any doubts about his intellectual chops Sacagawea's Nickname will dispel them For the son of a cowboy who grew up in the tiny hamlet of Archer City Texas McMurtry became a widely read bibliophile and expert stylist

  5. Tom Tom says:

    Larry McMurtry has a deep love and respect for the West both the fact and the legend His depth of knowledge across disciplines history literature anthropology provides for interesting insight Take for example linking the commercial basis of the rendezvous system used by trappers and merchants with the current day Harley Davidson rendezvous in Sturgis South Dakota In these reports from the 1990s he deals with interesting assessments of Sacagawea's emerging feminism and suffragette; the superhighway travelers called the Little Misery River; and a West without chili which does not contain a recipe With McMurtry one could hope because you know he has one

  6. Tito Tito says:

    McMurtry is an indispensable figure in literature of the West and here he collects several of his essays about the region in an effort to probe what the West really is The essays are always succinct and funny and informative but taken as a whole the collection could have used context Each essay was or less enjoyable but I'm still not sure why these essays were chosen That being said at the very least McMurtry identified several books to add to my want to read list

  7. Brandy Brandy says:

    This was just ok but that's because it wasn't what I was expecting It was about the authors who wrote about the authors who wrote about the west then the west itself There was definitely some in there but I found myself skimming a lot just to get to those parts

  8. Sull McCartney Sull McCartney says:

    I especially enjoyed the chapters on western authors

  9. Kirk Astroth Kirk Astroth says:

    I have read any non fiction by McMurtry until this book and then what a jewel He is acerbic sarcastic and scathing of pretenders and pulpers who pretend to know and write about the West The true West where we live Of special scorn are the doctoral students from Yale who have flooded the market with inaccurate depictions of the West A great read And oh yeah Sacagawea's nickname was Janey given by Capt William Clark who had a crush on her

  10. Nick Nick says:

    This slim collection of essays the majority of them inspired by books about the Old West continues McMurtry's project best known from his fiction of examining the realities of the opening and settling of the West Some very moving essays in here especially the title piece which succeeds in reclaiming humanity for Sacagawea and capturing the tragedy of her mythologization

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Sacagawea's Nickname: Essays on the American West (New York Review Books Collections) ❮Reading❯ ➶ Sacagawea's Nickname: Essays on the American West (New York Review Books Collections) Author Larry McMurtry – New in paperbackWhat was achieved and destroyed what was made up and forgotten in the American West as the continent was mapped the natives were displaced and exploits were transformed into legends In New in paperbackWhat Essays on ePUB ☆ was achieved and destroyed what was made up and forgotten in the American West as the continent was mapped the natives were displaced and exploits were transformed into legends In this acclaimed collection Larry McMurtry profiles explorers and martyrs hucksters and scholars figures in the West's enduring yet ever shifting mixture of myth and realityIn these twelve pieces McMurtry explores John Wesley Powell's journey on the Colorado the dispossession of the Five Civilized Tribes the fascination the Zuni held over Sacagawea's Nickname: Epub / a parade of unscrupulous anthropologists and in the bicentennial of their journey the journals of Lewis and Clark our only really American epic.