Okla Hannali by R. A. Lafferty

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Okla Hannali by R. A. Lafferty

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The blurb is a good overview:

"This curious and wonderful tall tale contributes to the apocalyptic revision of American history that began with Little Big Man and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. It’s the tale of Hannali Innominee, a ’Mingo’ or natural lord of the 19th-century Choctaw Indian [and] a capacious, indomitable giant of the ilk of Paul Bunyan....Lafferty tells it straight: how the Choctaw nation, once removed, reconstituted itself and thrived in Indian territory...., how there came a schism between the rich, part-white, slave-owning, moneylending Choctaws and the ’feudal, compassionate, chauvinistic’ full-blooded freeholders like Hannali; and how, during the Civil War, the Indians were manipulated divide-and-conquer fashion in helping destroy each other."–Kirkus Reviews.

This is not Native American Studies bullshit or a simple-minded Hollywood tale of Noble Savages or Magic Indians. This is the real thing: real people from a different culture. Be aware, Lafferty is a prose stylist and you might never have read anything quite like this:

https://books.google.com/books?id=JEcdw ... rs&f=false

10/10 for history. ?/10 for readability (you are going to love it or hate it).