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Black Hills

Black Hills

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Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Grade:
B+
# of Pages: 
512
BOTTOM LINE

Although this was an interesting take on the life of Paha Sapa, I found it difficult to read due to all of the jumping around of the book.

An interesting tale of a young Lakota boy named Paha Sapa “Black Hills”, who has the ability to see the future and the past just by touch.  At a young age Black Hills knew something was different, although he did not fully understand the difference until he became host to Custer’s ghost during a battle.  Then things as he knew it as a young boy being raised by his grandfather and two grandmothers changed.  He started having out of body experiences and seeing others futures but would not tell anyone until he became a man.

His life has changed he is beginning to have visions of both past and present as well as constantly hearing the ramblings of Custer’s longing for his wife.    After a confrontation with Crazy Horse, Black Hills is sent away for his hacbleceya, a ceremony that shows the boy his future and sometimes grants him his gift/vision from Tunkasila.

Dan Simmons takes you through the lives of young Indian’s and shows you how they viewed the world during the time of the building.  You feel the feelings of the Lakota nation and how the considered themselves the Natural Human Beings.  He takes you through all the struggles that they faced with the white man attacking and taking over their lands and how they adapted over the years to the presence of these new strange people.

He brings you through the years of Black Hill’s life and how he had a child, one, which died in a war and how even after all the years of his life, and cohabitation with the white man that he still felt them as invaders.   He still felt he needed to avenge the gods and get them out of black hills.

Although this was an interesting take on the life of Paha Sapa, I found it difficult to read due to all of the jumping around of the book.  Dan Simmons is a brilliant writer and I am certain that this will be a hit book, he provides you with details and experiences that will make you wonder once the book is complete.

Review by Chrissy Shattuck