Synopses & Reviews
In four days of "glory-hunting" with an Indian comrade, South Boy, who is white, realizes that he must choose between two cultures.
"This is the story of a boy who became a man in four days. Into it Charles McNichols has packed an amazing amount of action, adventure, Indian lore, and satisfying psychology. . . . A splendid piece of fiction that can stand up in any company of contemporary novels."—New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review
"One might almost say that Indian tales in America run the gamut from the romanticism of James Fenimore Cooper to the brilliant realism of Charles L McNichols. Almost within the Greek unties of time, place, and action, he has given us an unforgettable story which embraces the entire Mojave cul-ture."—Chicago Sun Book Week Chicago Sun Book Week
"The book has anthropological interest and t is filled with good bits of psy-chology. . . . It is a reminder that racial enmities would die out in a single generation if they weren't kept alive by tradition and adults."—New York Times New York Times
"The story of the white boy who runs away from Civilization with his Indian brother appears often in American literary history from Natty Bumpo to the Lone Ranger; but McNichols tells a more mature story than ether of these. . . . Crazy Weather is an important document in our cultural history."—Western American Literature Western American Literature
"Crazy Weather belongs with our best beloved stories of a boy's growing up. But it is a story for adults in every sense of the word. . . . McNichols belongs in the great tradition of storytellers."—New York Herald Tribune New York Herald Tribune
About the Author
A naval aviator in World War I who later worked in the movies and wrote for magazines, Charles L McNichols will always be remembered for Crazy Weather, originally published in 1944 and his only book-length work of fiction. For this Bison Book edition Natachee Scott Momaday of Jemez Springs, New Mexico, has provided an introduction. She is the author of Owl in the Cedar Tree, also a Bison Book (1992).