Crazy Weather by Charles L. McNicholsCrazy Weather by Charles L. McNichols

Crazy Weather

byCharles L. McNicholsIntroduction byUrsula K. Le Guin

Paperback | November 21, 2014

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Ursula K. Le Guin selected Crazy Weather for her contribution to Pharos Editions citing Charles McNichols "offhanded skill, the ease with which (he) takes us deep into a complex society and the complex minds and hearts of its people." In four days of glory-hunting" with an Indian comrade, South Boy, who is white, realizes he must choose between two cultures. Le Guin explains how she finds Crazy Weather to be "about a soul not at home and not at peace: South Boy, who on theverge of manhood is living in and between two worlds, without a clear way to go in either." Crazy Weather is a unique tale of American identity that serves as "an important document in our cultural history.""
Charles L. McNichols was a naval aviator in World War I who later worked in the movies and wrote for magazines. He will always be remembered for Crazy Weather, originally published in 1944 and his only book-length work of fiction. Ursula K. Le Guin was born in 1929 in Berkeley, and lives in Portland, Oregon. As of 2013, she has publ...
Title:Crazy WeatherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:November 21, 2014Publisher:CounterpointLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1940436052

ISBN - 13:9781940436050


Editorial Reviews

"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 "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 culture." —Chicago Sun Book Week "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 "The book has anthropological interest and t is filled with good bits of psychology. . . . 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 "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 either of these. . . . Crazy Weather is an important document in our cultural history." —Western American Literature