Review of Green Grass, Running Water

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Editor: Janet Witalec
Date: 2003
Publisher: Gale
Document Type: Book review; Critical essay
Length: 517 words

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[(review date autumn 1993) In the following review, Berner offers a positive assessment of Green Grass, Running Water, calling it "a permanent addition to the corpus of American Indian literature which will serve as a benchmark in the history of that subject."]

We must regard the publication of Green Grass, Running Water as a major event, an important American novel which combines with remarkable ingenuity an impressive variety of narrative skills, a keen satiric sense, and a wide knowledge of traditional American Indian cultures, setting a standard for the future as the first major Indian novel which is unabashedly comic in its intentions.

The novel's subject--more or less--is the collapse of an Alberta dam which has flooded ancestral Blackfoot lands. Eli, who has led a white man's existence...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1100048752