The Dying Grass

About the Author: William T. Vollmann

William Tanner Vollmann is an American novelist, journalist, short story writer and essayist He lives in Sacramento, California with his wife and daughter.


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  • Hardcover
  • 1356 pages
  • The Dying Grass
  • William T. Vollmann
  • English
  • 10 January 2017
  • 0670015989

The Dying Grass 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 U.S Army To Its Greatest 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, Tormented, Devoutly Christian Civil War Veteran In This Novel, We See Him As 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 Time.

10 thoughts on “The Dying Grass

  1. Hadrian says:

    and the smell of evergreens,and the living grass,then the dying grass, brighter than an Indian basketand at the foot of Chief Joseph s grave, in the crotch of another tree, a wilting feather, rags, and a twisted white stick dangling William T VollmannIt was Isaiah Berlin who said that a historian requires a search for coherence and unity, together with the attempt to refine it with all the self consciousness of which we are capable A historian needs to move beyond just the mechanical assembl and the smell of evergreens,and the living grass,then the dying grass, brighter than an Indian basketand at the foot of Chief Joseph s grave, in the crotch of another tree, a wilting feather, rags, and a twisted white sti...

  2. Geoff says:

    GEORGES CHARBONNIER Raymond Queneau, you said to me one 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 QUENEAU I think that those are in fact the two poles of Western novelistic activity since its creation, that is to say since Homer, and that one can easily classify all works of fiction either as descendants of the Iliad or of the Odyssey I had the pleasure of GEORGES CHARBONNIER Raymond Queneau, you said to me one 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...

  3. Michael says:

    This fifth volume of Vollman s planned Seven Dreams series was very rewarding to me in the long run, but at 1,300 plus pages it took a commitment equivalent to reading four ordinary books That kind of reminds me how in grade school, I would brag how I read a great book probably about ants and gesture it was this thick But if you are going to take a journey into the hearts and minds of European Americans and Native Americans at war, it makes sense that it might take a long time to elucidate This fifth volume of Vollman s planned Seven Dreams series was very rewarding to me in the long run, but at 1,300 plus pages it took a commitment equivalent to reading four ordinary books That kind of reminds me how in grade school, I would brag how I read a great book...

  4. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis says:

    Before I say anything about Greatness I d 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 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 Before I say anything about Greatness I d 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 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 s...

  5. Darwin8u says:

    The destiny 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 doing the duty that the individual is doing from choice or from necessityPhillippe R gis Denis de Keredern de Trobriand 1867 Pynchon Vollmann AnalogyGravity s Rainbow Europe Central MasonDixon The Dying GrassThis might not bThe destiny 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 doing the duty that the individual is doing from choice or from necessityPhillippe R gis Denis de Keredern de Trobriand 1867 Pynchon Vollmann AnalogyGravity s Rainbow Europe Central Mas...

  6. Ian "Marvin" Graye says:

    ALTERNATE REALITY This News Just to Hand The unabridged edition ofThe Dying Grassis slated for release on November 23, 2017 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 AVERSE Leaves From You I YieldNested in the crotch of the fenceAround Chief Joseph s grave, A copy of Leaves of Grass,A drying quill, a blotted blotter, and A twisted white dick dangling.The Patron Saint of Empathy for Women and Men I ALTERNATE REALITY This News Just to Hand The unabridged edition ofThe Dying Grassis slated for release on November 23, 2017 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 AVERSE Leaves From You I YieldNested in the crotch of the fenceAround Chief Joseph s grave, A copy of Leaves of Grass,A drying quill, a bl...

  7. Zadignose says:

    The Dying Grass appears to me as a culmination of all that Vollmann has been developing through his other works that I have read We can seeof what I ve termed his shifting narrative voice tricks, as seen in Rifles, and starkly displayed in Europe Central, but I have subsequently been informed that this can be called pronomial blurring That seems a good term for it We can see language experiments and writing in dialect We can see the cycling of many leitmotivs to the extent that Vol The Dying Grass appears to me as a culmination of all that Vollmann has been developing through his other works that I have read We can seeof what I ve termed his shifting narrative voice tricks, as seen in Rifles, and starkly displayed in Europe Central, but I have subsequently been informed that this can be called pronomial blurring That seems a good term for it We can see language experiments and writing in dialect We can see the cycling of many leitmotivs to the extent that Vollmann seems to be creating a self contained language lexicon of phrases within the work We can see the incredible power to make us empathize with characters we may otherwise be inclined to despise We can see irony and ambivalence which is sometimes quite difficult to disentangle 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 ...

  8. Jonfaith says:

    Indeed we are setting fire we are burning the dying grass we shall kill these Bluecoats as they have killed our people we shall catch them all on fire.Mighty brave, seeing you still here, son Not many in a proper mind would keep pushing, over 1200 pages Means you got sand.Do you pray, young Reader Do you see the celestial ...

  9. Jonathan says:

    A remarkable achievement One from each side who made the 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 the different people, including the Nez Perce, and how certain animals came to look as they do today Without Coyote s cleverness in outwitting the monster, the people and animals toda A remarkable achievement One from each side who made the 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 the different people, including the Nez Perce, and how certain animals came to look as they do tod...

  10. James says:

    I was given a free advance reader copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review New readers of Vollmann s dream series will find an exhaustive telling of the flight of the Nez Perce from the American forces led by General O.O Howard As explained in the notes section, Vollmann does not attempt to get every detail factually correct, but rather to tell a great story while revealing the relative truth of the conflict betwee I was given a free advance reader copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review New readers of Vollmann s dream series will find an exhaustive telling of the flight of the Nez Perce from the American forces led by General O.O Howard As explained in the notes section, Vollmann does not attempt to get every detail 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 descendants I have yet to read, the Rifles, but for my money the Dying Grass is perhaps the best of the bun...