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E I picked it up I just couldn t put it own I idn t want it to end I idn t think I Zlatá lilie (Pokrevní pouta, d ever be able to stop writing itUnser Wilhelm A note perfect incantationKickass Reviews an anonymous review by someone who was obviously incanted at the time It s called A Novel of the Nez Perce War for a reason Vollmann s writing at least one seuelPublishers Weakly Amongst our people he s known as William the LonghandIra Kwoyz Native American author of Learn to Speak without Any Reservation Each page is not just a big slab of type on many pages there is a fair amount of white spacePaul Novak Viking editor extract from editorial report to the Viking Board We will use elegant thinner paper so the bookoes not massively bulk upPaul NovakViking editor If I Beloved Enemy (Battles of Destiny, d known Viking wouldo that I A Scandalous Countess (Malloren, d have bulked it up to 3000 pagesUnser Wilhelm I obviously need to replace my glasses I thought it was going to be about the Pince Nez WarsEthyl Eyebobs Big fat brainy overwrought William T Vollmann continues his wikinovelisation project in which he plans to fictionalise every single entry in Wikipedia in not less than 700 pagesper entryThe Wikipaedic Novel The Milleons Why I Am So Wise Why I Am So Clever Why I Write Such Excellent BooksUnser Wilhelm unused chapter headings from his Nietzschean phase NBA 2 for this man And the Nobel goes without saying Daisy Chain from Motley Posse How strange then that Vollmann too has become lit bro shorthand This occurred to me last week after listening to a friendiscuss the foibles of a bookish male acuaintance with a man bun That guy she said I just feel like he s first in line to see the William T Vollmann movie And this may be what rives some women to treat loves WTV as synonymous with is one of those motherfuckers The sense that Vollmann s status epends on something in which their participation is tacitly not reuired a clamoring among men for one another s esteemMolly Flescher THE CLIT It really oes feel like a culmination of Bill s career and a total refinement of his style Mia Pufferie I absolutely totally love this ude s shit And you should tooThe Pedagogic Coprophagiographer The subject of another novel is Charles a writer struggling to write a novel that would secure him his place in the modern American canonOnce upon a time it had sufficed to write The Sound and the Fury or The Sun Also Rises But now bigness was essential Thickness lengthJonathan Franzen Unaccustomed as I am to Being Mortal descending from my chair my throne my pedestal or getting off on my hobby horse I shall remain here and condescend instead I herebyeclare myself honoured privileged grateful and aggrandised to be able to pronounce this novel Dying Ground delightfulelectable eluxe elovely On behalf of the National Word Association Board I make recognise and commend allusions to Homer Kant Joyce Benjamin and Bakhtin not to mention Hegel Heidegger and Gass Need I say Moore If you only have time to read another 90 million words in what remains of your lifetime you could The Truck Book do no worse than make them all Bill sMichael Noddy Cirle Jirue KCR Sera This man is not only irritating but ridiculous with the particular ridiculousness of selframatisers and poor fools convinced they ve been present at a The Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook: Eat Even More Food and Lose Even More Weight decisive moment in history when it s common knowledge that history which is a common whore has noecisive moments but is a proliferation of instants brief interludes that vie with one another in monstrousnessBenno von ArchimboldiA NATIVE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE It The Sisters does not reuire many words to speak the truth Chief Joseph leader of the Wal lam wat kain Wallowa band of Nez Perce Before I say anything about Greatness I like to say that I am grateful for having read The Dying Grass For being able to read it privileged to read it To have had the opportunity to read it Thankful to Viking for having stuck by Vollmann so long for having supported his novels I am sad to know that Carla Bolte was not able to To Heaven and Back design this book as she had so many of Vollmann s I can t help but think it would have been better in her hands The Dying Grass is a sad novel a tragedy I think And so odd to say one is grateful to have read such a thing and to even haveelighted in reading it But such is the experience of art If that experience is cathartic is it good for me and merely for me Should such an experience place me into an anguish of guilt for having inherited the Before Your Very Eyes displacement of our native peoples because I have never not lived on expropriated land Does it assist in a workingthrough of where we have found ourselves Doesn t it bring to our attention that there is even something to be worked through in the first place Isn t it simply a novel by a white american for other white americans Ion t know what would it be like for a Native American to read Vollmann s Seven Dreams Painful and hurtful which fact Vollmann acknowledges Without going into an analysis beyond my abilities when Benjamin said that history is written by the victor When We Were Animals did the possibility of Vollmann s Dreams occur to him that the victor might be capable of writing this kind of history I am grateful for the reception The Dying Grass has received both from theedicated Vollmanniac to be expected but too from those not already immersed in and Jumpstart the World dedicated to his books Frankly the reception took me by surprise The page count is remarked upon but repeatedly found to be either necessary or immersive The arrangement of words and sentences on the page is remarked upon and found to be engaging I can t help but contrast its reception with that of Argall which seemed to be too much for not only the reading public but for the professional reviewers the LA Times resorting to hiring William the Blind to review it But Argall is engaging and rewarding and immersive beyond that initial set of off putting characteristics it appearsifficult but is not beyond readerly capabilities I can t help but think the internet community of readers has better prepared the world to take on this kind of fiction having supplanted a lackadaisical professional reviewing culture which already knows what a fiction should be James Wood et al Time was when learning about books and what they are like was limited to a small set of jaded professionals now we have a engaged readership passing word about what it s like what it feels like Maybe I m too optimistic here but just imagine what reviews of The Dying Grass would have looked like in 2001Some of this is Kiss the Girls due to a certain maturing in Vollmann s writing in his strategies and orientations toward his material The Dying Grass feels soifferent from earlier Dreams less playful less winking fewer appearances of William the Blind Those elements I missed here But that change or shift or maturing simply reflects both the stuff about which Vollmann is writing and the mode he employs the two always mutually Eight Little Piggies determining each other The Seven Dreams was conceived than twenty five years ago The Ice Shirt being published in 1990 And the stuff of these Dreams moves closer to our own times The Ice Shirt is full of european mythology of transformations it takes place in thoseays when putting on The Bear Shirt transformed a person into a bear The land of Vinland began to transform The same happens with T girls in the Tenderloin But as our european civilization moves toward our present Visiting Mrs Nabokov and Other Excursions day transformation and mythical experience attenuates there are fewer and fewer experiences of transformation or transformation overwhelms us in technology beautiful and almost automatic rather than liberating us within our being with one another Vollmann s Dreamsevelop from mythical transformation to the uestion of what is in one s heart Uh Oh Howard what is in your heart And The Dying Grass is called a masterpiece Dare me to A Day Away disagree Scarcely can one say that a 1200 page novel might be perfect And of course it is inclusive of whatever flaws in may contain And if only to agree with the masterpiece judgement I insist that it is not so much The Dying Grass but the entire Seven Dreams which constitute his masterpiece The entire project in both its unity and Memoir of a Misfit diversity within itsevelopment and persistence of theme Much as I adore his other novels and find many of his non fiction books less than fully satisfying my jaw simply Looking for the Toffees drops to Joycean levels when I contemplate the five extant Dreams I m not intimate with the Nobel but if anything ualifies via its criteria these Seven Dreams Much of what holds these Dreams together in their totalityespite the Raising Gods Girl diversity of materials and manners of composition of authorial orientation towards the text is the mode Vollmann has taken to represent the Native American characters And in The Dying Grass I think he s brought this mode to its pinnacle a pinnacle several of us have identified as Homeric an epic mode I won t say Vollmann had Homer specifically in mind but it is enough to recall how central the Icelandic Sagas have been for Vollmann those Sagas employing what I following Bakhtin think of as the epic mode Such a mode is above all a manner of presenting characters Whereas theevelopment and history of the novel can be traced along the lines of ever increasing The Gulag Handbook degrees of portrayal of the inner life of characters culminating in the Molly chapter of Ulysses the epic mode is all externality all gesture All words spoken no thoughts all action The part about interiority as central to the novel mode is something James Woods gets right but what he gets wrong is that the novel has no troubles incorporating non novelistic modes and thus Vollmann incorporates the epic mode of characterization in his Seven Dreams Why Because of his respect for what is other other not as exotic but other as independent the Kantian respect of persons I call this making room for his characters allowing them their space rather than impinging trespassing into an inner realm into which we have not been invited frankly To have entered the mind of Joseph would have been overstepping a respectful relation with Joseph would have been imperialistic would have been expropriative While Howard s mind is our own and thus ought to be probed because he have inherited it And in The Dying Grass this epic mode is brought to completion with the extended use of extended metaphor feeling so close to the Fagles treatment of Homer the centrality of the Landscape being a near culmination of the heart of the Seven Dreams project In short I am simply grateful for having the opportunity toelight in this Dream GEORGES CHARBONNIER Raymond ueneau you said to me one The Beckoning Lady (Albert Campion day that two great currents exist in literature and that basically one could if I understood you correctly link most novels either to the Iliad or to the Odyssey RAYMOND UENEAU I think that those are in fact the two poles of Western novelistic activity since its creation that is to sa This fifth volume of Vollman s planned Seven Dreams series was very rewarding to me in the long run but at 1300 plus pages it took a commitment euivalent to reading four or Theestiny of the white race in America is to eat up the red men and in this rising tide of population that rolls toward the setting sun there is no one who is backward in taking his bite no one except the government that temporizes and buys peace to avoid Will in the World doing theuty that the individual is June Fourth Elegies doing from choice or from necessity Phillippe R gis Denise Keredern Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes de Trobriand 1867Pynchon Vollmann AnalogyGravity s RainbowEurope CentralMasonDixonThe Dying GrassThis might not be my favorite novel of the last several years but it is one of the best And I can t easily grasp a novel that I liked I juston t know My brain is fried My emotions are fried My ability to look objectively at this book and history and the United States is fried One of the best compliments I can give to the best historical fiction is that it The Confabulist doesn t break history but fills in the gaps and bends it Hillary Manteloes this very well So too Der Illusionist does Robert Graves John Williams and Patrick O Brian These other authors seem content to carve prose castles to tell their stories of leaders kings and periods Vollmann justrops a volcano on the reader There is just so much I was trying to Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue describe the feeling of reading Vollmann I ve only read three Vollmann the other two were Europe Central and Whores for Gloria to my wife To me it is euivalent of reading a strange cut up method combination of Mantel Pynchon and Burroughs WHILE tripping on mushrooms But that stilloesn t Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, do it justice There is no easy metaphor for Vollmann There is no way to explain Vollmann without using Vollmann What is the only way to understand Vollmann You have to grab the biggest Vollmann you can find and jump in without fear and without looking back He is big vicious kindetailed warm clinical He just Ask the Past doesn t stop He is exhausting and frustrating He is the literary euivalent of Hieronymus Bosch He is the hardest working hypergraphic around I can t imagine Vollmann is very profitable to Viking There are just NOT that many people jostling in the age of Twitter where theemands of reading and writing are limited to 140 characters to read 1376 pages of Riding Class (Saddle Club, digressive experimental innerouter stream of consciousness narrative fiction However I know why they keep him on their Viking reservation the guy WILL win the Nobel prize someday Guaranteed Thisude has a long harsh tailOver the next couple Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, days I m going to add paragraphs on1 Nez Perce War2 Nez Perce vs US Army3 US treatment of Native Americans4 Nez Perce Trail5 My own Private Idaho6 American Indian as myth7 Names and NamingPerhaps If I can recover my wits It is all the same Let us killie or ride away. S commander father son husband friend and killer Teeming with many vivid characters on both sides of the conflict and written in a style in which the printed page works as a stage with multiple layers of foreground and background The Dying Grass is another achievement from one of the most ambitious writers of our tim.
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The story of this campaign is one somehow not included in any of my American History classes The Nez Perce were moved from a large reservation and told to go to another about 110th the size Most refused There were some retaliations and the war began The US Army chased Joseph and his tribe from southeast Washington across Idaho into Montana into Yellowstone and back north to almost the Canadian border There were skirmishes along the way By October 1877 in northern Montana the People Indians were cold wounded and beginning to starve If I had understood how Vollmann writes I might never have started this and that would have been my loss While the novel is long War and Peace long that isn t the real challenge in reading this novel The prose itself flows easily enough Vollmann has chosen to have nested paragraphs and sometimes he interrupts himself often in mid sentence to provide a character s thoughts There might be a conversation and one of the characters then has private thoughts which might also lead to a side conversation between characters not party to the original He Different Class does this by indenting the paragraphs so there is at least a visual of when this is happening When the reader is returned to the original conversation it might be than a page later when I had all but forgotten where the side tracking beganDialogueoesn t have uote marks In almost any other context I might have been exasperated but in this for some reason the exchanges were clear Much of this is General Howard talking with his officers We see him try to administer the campaign He gives orders he sends Short Stories by Roald Dahl dispatches to headuarters and he also writes letters of condolence to the family of the fallen Vollmann uses either indents or italics so that what is being said and to whom is clear While there are women Nez Perce there are no European women other than the women the men left behind Like it or not men think about women a lot and in a sexual context We are privy to their thoughts though there isn t any graphic sex Very rarelyo they speak to each other on the subjectCan I buy a suawWhat forWhat elsehe wrote in first person ominiscient At first I wondered if this was Joseph talking but then he would refer to Joseph in the third person I finally came to realize this was simply the way Vollmann wanted to represent the Nez Perce Maybe he Goldilocks the Three Bears does the same in the other novels in the series His prose in these sections wasifferent in that the cadence was appropriate for a Native speaker which still has the trace of an accent espite being English speakers for several generations and isn t as fluid as Europeans who have been here for many generations Sometimes the Indian names slowed me own Each time I encountered Toohhoolhoolsote Peopeo Tholekt or Heinmot Tooyalakekt I stumbled But there were other beautiful Indian names as well such as Sound Of Running Feet or Springtime When writing from the Indian point of view he changed some of the white names General Howard was Cut Arm But challenging were Chapman and James Reuben who became Tsepmin and Tsams Lupin I Socialist Realism didn t understand at first of course There are extensive glossaries one of which is personal names Iidn t refer to them immediately thinking there might be clarification I I Look Up To... Michelle Obama didn t find it necessary to look up everythingDid I say this is long There were times when I simply wished they get I was given a free advance reader copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalleycom in exchange for an honest review New readers of Vollmann s Doctor Extraño dream series will find an exhaustive telling of the flight of the Nez Perce from the American forces led by General OO Howard As explained in the notes section Vollmannoes not attempt to get every etail factually correct but rather to tell a great story while revealing the relative truth of the conflict between natives of the new world and Europeans and their escendants I have yet to read the Rifles but for my money the Dying Grass is perhaps the best of the bunch My recollection of Chief Joseph s war consisted of it being a long Never Tell drawn out fightue to the Nez Perce being Feminism is for Everybody denied access to their Camas grounds Camas is a native plant which was a staple of many Native Americans found throughout the Great Basin Desert Readers who know little of the events may be better served from a story telling point of view to wait until afterwards to learn The story will be interesting that way and Vollmann gives summaries for all of his source material so you ll have a great idea of where to startThe PlayersThe Dying Grass presents a few of the most compelling characters in the Dream series The characters seem to be rounder to me which makes me suspect that Vollmann was able to benefit greatly from readingiaries correspondence first hand accounts newspapers and autobiographies to craft the fictional side of so many people In particular the Native American characters are fuller The two main characters of the book are General OO Howard and Chief Joseph of the Nez PerceHoward is a Deterring Democracy deeply Christian man who led the Freedman s Bureau after the Civil War stylized here as the War of Succession which resulted in years of scandalous attacks on his good name along with legal charges of graft He spends the rest of his life trying to fight and pay for these legal battles He also founded Howard University and a chain of banks for freed slaves that eventually went bankrupt Juxtaposed against this willingness to work for theowntrodden Negros is his Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, dealing with the Indian tribes While known for convincing Cochise to layown arms Howard takes a hard line stance towards the Nez PerceChief Joseph is portrayed as a reasoned man who seeks peace rather than war He is styled as the Red Napoleon by the press but within the tribe several other men are the overall chief of the Nez Perce These include the vain Looking Glass and the steady Lean Elk Joseph is often considered a camp chief by the best men of the Nez Perce while other chiefs including his younger brother Ollokot are actually the war leadersThere are numerous characters that play large roles on either side of of the campaign The most interesting include Lieutenant Wood who begins to have Hunters Heart deep misgivings about the action against the Nez Perce and Colonel Perry who is haunted by numerous high profle setbacksuring the action The interaction of the remaining officers in relation to Howard over the course of the campaign is fascinating Their jockeying for favor with the General is mirrored by Howard s competition to retain his position as leader under the threat of rival officers currying favor with General Sherman The Native American contingent focuses on the chiefs and sub chiefs of the Nez Perce but also fully explores the tribe to include the Three Red Blankets who begin the war scouts and other best men who engage in the heavy fighting A welcome spotlight is shown on the wives mothers and children of the Nez Perce mainly zeroing in on the relations of Chief Joseph and OllokotVollmannian TropesTwo characters who appear throughout the novel are Doc and Welweyas Doc is featured heavily in the beginning of the novel as a guard with a wagon train but has joined the army just in time to take part in every battle Doc is reminscent of past characters in the Menneskefluene (K2 dream series who seem slightlyemonic in nature and was compared to Argall a recent interview Doc is often seen as an indefatigable force pushing less experienced soldiers forward through a mix of wisdom and nips at a cocaine bottle Welweyas is Nazi Gold described as a half woman throughout the text I initially thought she was a hemaphrodite but I believe the intention was that the character was actually a transvestite Nonetheless Welweyas is consistent with other characters within theream series who explore the blurring of gender Doc is an entirely fictionl character whereas Welweyas was a historical figureWilliam the BlindOne of the conceits of Vollmann for the Mr Majeika and the School Inspector dream series is that he writes himself into the narrative and refers to himself as William the Blind The practice isn t nearly as obtrusive as it sounds These moments of self awareness can take the form of Vollmann consulting with an expert in this book a photographer or Vollman can surface within the period text The reader canecide how to feel about this but I find it adds a little fun and texture to the work The following are two examples1 Told in this order Joseph s story becomes happy From bone gravel and worm grass I sought to assemble it in the cool rich night Labor Day night now seventy five Selected Poems degrees according to the neon clock thermometer over First Bank beforeark the temperature had been nearly a hundred On the moon which a moment ago had offered a ark continent upon its yellow isk a furry yellow ring Doctor Strange, Vol. 2 disguised it s own origins like a story growing out of the ground And I William the Blind who must myself soon go underground have begun several stories in this way ashes to ashes andust to life here I am still oing it with the same stubbornness exemplified by the flagpole in the rock before the courthouse Anno Domini MCMIX the four faced clock above the bench on the courthouse lawn the concrete arch in commemoration of the WALLOWA COUNTY PIONEERS and inside this arch in case one might not understand an arch of words reads IN MEMORY OF THE FIRST SETTLERS who rove the Nez Perce off this property2 Every volunteer has a star pointed soul and although I crave to tell you about Captain Caitlin the wise Indian fighter and Myron Lockwood the experienced Indian hater it was his house that Toohhoolhoolzote s bunch pillaged back in the Bitter Root Valley not to mention the steadfast German privates who will soon punctured it behooves me not to interrupt our narrative mechanismthose two main automata are General Howard and that SATANIC Red Napoleon Mr Joe by The Train Robbers dwelling on the accidental personalities of this other army which will shortly perform it s purpose and withdraw leaving our protagonist and antagonist alone again so please let me limit my gaze to Gibbon on his old grey horse plotting against Miles and Crook scorning scorning Howard continuing to judge Benteen unforgivable thanks to hisesertion of Custer remembering the pleasant sight of those Cheyenne suaw in their ribbon hemmed No Reason To Die dresses and Bradleyefender of womenNotes and notes about notesVollmann includes over a hundred pages of glossaries and notes These include such items as lists of characters place names a complete historical timeline and Native American terms Also included are notes on the source material for every section which Naked Risk (Shatterproof divulges how Vollmann madeecisions for altering the historical circumstances how he Raking The Ashes developed the personalities of his characters and numerous otheretails Some readers find the inclusion of these Ellie (Ellie, details indulgent but the reality is that few authors would willinglyraw back the curtain and give their readers such insight into the sausage making of writing a historical volumes In some volumes I have chosen to superficially glance at these sections but there is a lot of fun to be had within especially for a repeat reading Where are my line Dear Office-Politics drawingsVollmann typically includes several bits of line art in the Dream novels However the advance reader copy I was given seemed to contain historical photos and scans of pressed specimens Vollmannoes include several hand Thomas Harriott drawn maps which compare and contrast the understanding of the country between the Nez Perce and the US Army These maps are a lot of fun especially for those somewhat familiar with the country involved In particular I was a little letown not to see a line A Mistletoe Kiss drawing of camas one of the likely suspects for illustration Vollmann s art is somewhat crude and roughhewn to me so some readers might not mind it beingeemphasized in this Intimate Strangers dreamThe WritingVollmann employs some unusual text formatting to show multiple points of view internalialogue in some cases emotional and geographical Mr Majeika and the Lost Spell Book distance from the action Like all typographical shenanigans of this sort there are times when it is very successful and times when it adds little to the proceedings My advance reader copy included pages that had lost the formatting and I felt I still understood the point but the formattingoes aid in comprehension In fact it contrasts greatly with text that is largely The Hidden Jewels dialogue such as Gaddis JR in that Vollmann is attempting to bring clarity to aifficult style whereas Gaddis is using a ifficult style to emphasize the chaos inherent in JR Overall I think the result is very effective and shouldn t be too off putting to a readerMy overall thoughtsIf you ve made it through to this point you are probably a good candidate for reading the Dying Grass I found this to be the best of the Dreams although I have yet to read The Rifles The Nez Perce are given a fuller treatment and I think the text gains from the existence of comtemporary first person accounts of the Nez Perce War I also found the typographical experimentation to be effective This book is a mature Vollmann at his best stretching to tell us a new tale of the conflict between the New and Old Worlds in a new way Clear out some time in your reading schedule and tie into this one Even if it takes a few nips of Docs cocaine bottle to see you through it is efinitely worth the effort 55 Stars The Dying Grass appears to me as a culmination of all that Vollmann has been Fair Game developing through his other works that I have read We can see of what I ve termed his shifting narrative voice tricks as seen in Rifles and starklyisplayed in Europe Central but I have subseuently been informed that this can be call. In this new installment in his 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.
Ed pronomial blurring That seems a good term for it We can see language experiments and writing in The Creatures dialect We can see the cycling of many leitmotivs to the extent that Vollmann seems to be creating a self contained languagelexicon of phrases within the work We can see the incredible power to make us empathize with characters we may otherwise be inclined toespise We can see irony and ambivalence which is sometimes uite So Sweet (Sugar Baby, difficult toisentangle from sincerity and conviction This book cannot be anything less than Vollmann s greatest work though there may be several works that are in fair contention for that title That is to say he may have eualed this achievement but I find it hard to imagine he has exceeded itThis book is like a life lived or several lives lived The experience of reading it is uite Life Before Death different from the experience of having read it Having read it one can look back and see a unity a rather simple narrative thread the playing out of certain themes One can also recall by conscious effort a vast array of events andetails by focusing on one or two at a time while allowing the others to rest safely in the unconscious These Detached Pictures the title of the section in which most of the central Good Luck, Louisa! (Red Fox Ballet Book, drama iseveloped to its enouement are only rationalized to one another by the action of a memorycriticism which fills in the blanks with its own imaginings to create a meaningful essential whole Yet since the events are rooted in history as individual events they function merely as statements of what happened The holistic image is largely an illusion The author however supplies us with many leitmotivs and thematic musings to encourage our rawing connections and Akenfield deriving meaning even while he resists constructing a firm and certain interpretation of events on our behalf much remains strange enigmaticIn the reading of it we are in the midst of vividetails and the immediacy of events is very involving One cannot imagine even though one knows it to be true that this is only one of many Indian wars that for the career officers this is only one of many military campaigns that their past and future lives are not entirely rooted in this present moment No In the reading of it the present is all there is it s all important it s the only truthThere are a thousand surprises in a campaign which is paradoxically portrayed as fated and inevitable so how could it surprise But reality is incredible For instance choosing to trust an eternal optimist and eternal blunderer with The Case of the Philosophers Ring by Dr. John H. Watson doom written all over him at a critical moment when experience has already proven time and again that it is impossible to trust him this seems impossible yet it is true to human nature Toelude oneself at a moment when clear sight could potentially save one s life seems impossible yet it s common War is full of its accidents and chance occurrences but human nature is also prone to routine failures of judgment which are often predictableAll of this is present within the novelBut let s step back again and consider themesI saw one of the challenges of the book to be how to reconcile a fatalistic view with the notion that moral Connecting with Horses decisions in the moment are meaningful There is a gloomy cynicism akin to the mood of some Icelandic sagas particularly Njal s Saga the suggestion that violent conflict may be inevitable eitherue to human nature or Several Strangers due to specific cultural factors such as a sense of honor which compels rash and ultimately selfestructive or others Lillian Toos Little Book Of Feng Shui destructive acts Even if some noble individuals with nominal power wish to proceed peacefully and serve justice the context of historical injustice the actions of a few rash individuals or the influence of insults to one s honor andignity can compel a ruinous war to occur Atrocities and violations of what is right cannot be avertedYet in the midst of this Vollmann causes us to sympathizeempathize with many parties on opposite sides of the conflict and it seems he The Winter Warrior does not want to allow us to succumb to a completely fatalistic view We stillesire a justice we know cannot be served and we still want to hold the individuals accountable for their own moral ecisions even if this conflicts with our tendency to forgive or rationalize their weaknessesAt the risk of being redundant I earlier posted a comment about fatalism in this book in which I saidI think that Vollmann in presenting this tale confronts us with the challenge of seeing how we are morally culpable and suggests that uestions of honor o matter even in the midst of practically unavoidable historical cataclysms Just as on a microcosmic scale what we choose to Toffees night noises do in our own lifetimesoes matter regardless of the fact that we and everyone we meet are sure to ultimately Flawed (The Butcher, die Deathoes not have to lead to nihilism But Manifest Destiny only allows an act or a life to be meaningful to the The Covent Garden Ladies: The inspiration behind ITV show HARLOTS degree that it contributes to an inhumane automatic progressLooking further into themes as I commented in a conversation on this novelIt seems that this book was conceived in part to undermine the view of history as the actions of great men Uh Oh Howard isn t so much in control of things as he and others might like Joseph is nothing akin to the sort of leader the Americans might suppose as his society is not structured like a military hierarchy and though every Indian action is attributed to him they have little too with either his will or his acts Even in the midst of this the men believe their leaders to be responsible for Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins determining everything though it s really the little people whoo most of the acts of conseuenceBut this Flaunting, Extravagant Queen (French Revolution, doesn t relieve anyone of the moral burden implied by their ownecisionsAnd it seems far easier to Pages From Bee Journal do mischief than too good whatever one s intentions may be It is sometimes infuriating I m sure intentionally so how naivecomplicitself Stones of Witness deceiving certain characters can beI think we cannot get away from the fact that this also plays the role of a military adventure novel While I am not a combat veteran and have no special knowledge on the topic it appears to me from all I ve gathered so far on related topics thatThe book effectively communicates that chaotic mysterious element of warfare Vollmann also seems to understand or his sources understand and he transmits what marine corp theorists call friction the fact that battlefield conditions uickly produce obstacles to progress and the successful execution of any plan He also understands how crazy and important logistics and supply can beVollmann as always sites sources for his information and heraws out several suggestive uotations sometimes poignant sometimes ironic to complement the reading of the various chapters and sections Now I find myself reading Thucydides and in that book I find a uote which could just as well be placed in this novel as an expression of the American attitude towards the Indians in light of the theory of manifest My Indian Kitchen destiny In this uotation we have Thucydides s version of a speech given by the Athenians before the Peloponnesian War in which they justify their unjust actions knowing that in the absence of law might makes right is the accepted law but when law exists to uphold justice people are offended by injustice than even by naked aggression our subjects are so habituated to associate with us as euals that anyefeat whatever that clashes with their notions of justice whether it proceeds from a legal judgment or from the power which our empire gives us makes them forget to be grateful for being allowed to retain most of their possessions and vexed at a part being taken than if we had from the first cast law aside and openly gratified our covetousness Yes in this war as seen in this novel it is often betrayal of trust betrayal of honor betrayal of one s word or betrayal of what is right that is held offensive even than the physical acts of cruelty which confront our heroes on every side Yet so much occurs as a conseuence of our failure to comprehend the other as kin to ourselvesEven our Christian General couldn t see that Indeed we are setting fire we are burning the Lots of Mommies dying grass we shall kill these Bluecoats as they have killed our people we shall catch them all on fireMighty brave seeing you still here son Not many in a proper mind would keep pushing over 1200 pages Means you got sandDo you pray young Reader Do you see the celestialynamics unfolding in our triumphWhat s that you mumbling Can t stand that enunciate Dn youThat weary ache from holdin and reading Son that s admiration See son I wanted balance and to uphold that fluidity and follow the facts I had to igress as well as maintain for the full uration Uncle Billy would agree Don t forget General Sherman ain t no war criminal because we are winners This train is bound for Glory not the Hague mind you We have Progress in our hearts and I remain ever so thankful that you ve lugged around this tome this past month DismissedLikely 35 stars I was hoping for Authorial intrusion and hoodwinks Where are you Blind One A remarkable achievement One from each side who made the Fantasy Man deepest impression on meCharles Erskine Scott Wood Glass here because it is well worth reading is the Nez Perce creation myth This story tells how Coyote made theifferent people including the Nez Perce and how certain animals came to look as they The Flame Of Adventure do today Without Coyote s cleverness in outwitting the monster the people and animals today would still be imprisoned in the Mon ster s belly Once upon a time Coyote was tearingown the waterfall at Celilo and building a fish ladder so that salmon could go upstream for the people to catch He was very busy at this when someone shouted to him Why are you oing that All the people are gone now because the Monster has eaten them Well said Coyote to himself then I ll stop oing this because I was Divine Magnetic Lands doing it for the people and they are gone Now I ll go along too From there he went upstream by way of the Salmon River country As he was walking along he stepped on the leg of Meadowlark and broke it Meadowlark got mad and shouted Lima lima lima What chanceo you have of finding people walking along lik e this Coyote said My Aunt Please tell me what is happening and I will make for you a new leg from the wood of a chokecherry tree So the Meadowlark told him Already all the people hav ALTERNATE REALITYThis News Just to HandThe unabridged edition of The Dying Grass is slated for release on November 23 2020 It s believed to have another 720 pages and 34 illustrations by the author oh no it can t be true Shome mishtake shurely Ed AVERSELeaves From You I YieldNested in the crotch of the fenceAround Chief Joseph s grave A copy of Leaves of GrassA Frog and the Treasure drying uill a blotted blotter and A twisted whiteick The Butterfly Club danglingThe Patron Saint of Empathy for Women and MenIn my fiction IInvent young womenWho stem fromiverseEthnic originsAnd whom I rescueFrom the Lilith Enraptured (Divinity Warriors desireOf all other menCome to Me Girl I Beg You Sir No Please Don tThat was how I met The gaze of a half breed girlWhoid as I saidFee Fye Faux FummIngratiationIs a poor substitute forTrue blue empathyThe Fifth of Seven Wet DreamsObserve ourVoyeuristicVaingloriousAnd self esteemedMinstrel writerWilliam theSingle handedWander aroundInsert himselfInto the crotchOf the matterAnd tirelessly Probe the awfulBattle action And amorousBedroom scenes ofThe Nez Perce WarNo Litterwitcher KwitterYou won t read thisAnywhere on TwitterThis mongrel bookMakes McElroyLook even likeThe runt of the litterWilliam WilliamThe rain falls hardOn a humdrum plainThis plain has Dragged you His Substitute Bride (Seavers Brides, downWilliam WilliamIt was really nothingThe Author s Covenant with the Reader A DreamFrom where The sun Now standsI will writeNo ForeverShot with His Own Sex PistolNever mind Theead horseLet s flogThe Dying GrassSOUNDTRACKNick Cave The Bad Seeds We Call Upon The Author to Explain Live at St Luke s LondonDedicated to William the Long windedWell who is this great burdensome slavering Tu Alma ¿La Conoces? dog thingThat mediocres my every thoughtI feel like a fucking vacuum cleaner a complete suckerIts fucked up and he is a fuckerAnother volume of unreconstructed rubbishBut what an enormous and encyclopedic brainThere s a planetary conspiracy against the likes of you and meI ask him toesist and to refrainI call upon the author to explainWell you know I say prolix prolixThere s nothing a pair of scissors can t fixAWARDS AND NOMINATIONSIs Long Is GoodNominee for the 2015 Is Long Is Good Award 1300 to 1400 Pages DivisionWhite Teeth Red SkinNominee for the 2015 James WoodZadie Smith Historical Realism AwardVerimisillitudeNominee for the 2015 Authentic Re enactment of an Historical Event You Had Forgotten About Since School Award Four Time WinnerMillennium Award In my opinion The Dying Grass A Novel of the Nez Perce War may be the best book of the third millennium so fared 2017 only 983 years to goPinnochinoseNever Ending StoryNominee for the 2015 Gilderoy Lockhart Best Historical Fiction Series AwardFuture Titles in The Seventeen Dreams Series Break with a Beothuk Galivanting with Young Mi kma Ghouls Holidays with Half breed Whores Travels with Tsitsistas Voyages with Jumlin Vampires Wanderings with Wolastoiyik and Year with the Yurok I was born with trousers onDRAFT SUIBS BLURBS HONEST OPINIONS AND BLURRED DROPPINGS From Unser Wilhelm s Schreibtisch Everything you ever wanted to know about the Nez Perce War but were afraid to askDr Reuben Sandwich 1376 pages is just the right length to segregate readers between those who ll rate a book five stars and those who won t read it at allUnser Wilhelm It s long it s hard it s uncutNew York Review of Book Porn I loved this book Onc. US Army to its greatest J.M. Coetzee 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 tormentedevoutly Christian Civil War veteran In this novel we see him
William Tanner Vollmann is an American novelist journalist short story writer and essayist He lives in Sacramento California with his wife and daughter