The book is laugh-out-loud funny in many places, and I was moved to tears at the end when the old folks die. It has a strong libertarian/anarchist theme. The grandpa teaches him that politicians are evil and that evil almost always has politicians behind it somewhere. It is a great book despite then nature-loving animism of the Indian mythology.
The book purports to be an autobiography, but I looked up Forrest Carter on the Internet and found out he was a white segregationist who was a leader in the KKK and wrote speeches for George Wallace on racial segregation. Reviewers of this book who knew Carter was a racist find the book to be racist, as if everything a racist does must be motivated by racial hatred. This is absurd. The book portrays the Cherokees as wonderful people. There is one Jew in the book, and he is treated as a good man and a friend of the heroes. The white racists in the book are depicted as ignorant and narrow-minded. The liberal critics of the book damn it for containing stereotypes of the Cherokees, the fact that the stereotypes are favorable does not mitigate his sin. There is no pleasing these idiots. It is as if they are opposed to stereotypes per se. If it is forbidden to attribute any characteristics whatsoever to groups such as Cherokees, then the group has no identity and cannot even be said to exist. If they donít exist, they cannot ever be mistreated or discriminated against, which undercuts the liberal claim that racism is a problem.
Year Read: 2004
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