One of the greatest Western novels
In one way the language and the 'voice' of Jack Crabb are very convincing. The frontier venacular is cleverly used - they was, commenced to, knowed, and so on. Furthermore, he is so convincingly accurate about details and firearms and Cheyenne customs and all the rest. But in another way, no one, however gifted a story teller, could speak off the cuff into a microphone such a meticulously structured narrative, transcribing into such beautifully paragraphed prose. And how come Jack speaks in such an unsophisticated, colloquial way yet reports what Custer said in immaculate, grammatically perfect English? Still, let's put that down to Ralph Snell's editing, shall we?