Marching to Valhalla: A Novel of Custer's Last Days

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Villard, 1996 - Fiction - 288 pages
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In Marching to Valhalla, Blake turns his storyteller's eye on George Armstrong Custer, West Pointer, youngest Union general of the Civil War, horseman, passionate lover, explorer, ardent husband, and, most famously, Indian hunter. In Blake's pages, Custer emerges as a dashing, driven soldier, suspicious of his friends, respectful of his enemies, and ever unable to feel quite alive in the civilian world. Composed in the form of Custer's journal, Marching to Valhalla is an impeccable merging of fact and fiction, a powerful evocation of our bloody past, and a tribute to the endurance of a human heart facing adversity and disaster. A masterpiece of the Old West, Michael Blake's novel is a tragic romance that reveals a Custer never before imagined, and lets us finally contemplate the twisting, uncharted paths to glory and doom.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A dazzling depiction of George Armstrong Custer on the way to his rendezvous with death at the Little Bighorn, from the author of Dances with Wolves (not reviewed). The resonant narrative is cast in ... Read full review

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Two new biographies of General Custer, a newly discovered personal account by one of his troopers, and a novel about The Battle of the Little Bighorn have already been published this year, and now we ... Read full review


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About the author (1996)

His previous books include Dances With Wolves, Airman Mortensen, and Marching to Valhalla. He received an Academy Award for his screen adaptation of Dances With Wolves. He lives with his wife and children on a ranch in Southern Arizona.

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