Little Big Man is a 1964 novel by American author Thomas Berger. Often described as a satire or parody of the western genre, the book is a modern example of picaresque fiction. Berger made use of a large volume of overlooked first-person primary materials, such as diaries, letters, and memoirs, to fashion a wide-ranging and entertaining tale that comments on alienation, identity, and perceptions of reality. Easily Berger's best known work, Little Big Man was made into a popular film by Arthur Penn. It has been called "Berger's response to the great American myth of the frontier, representing as it does most of the central traditions of American literature."
The story of Jack Crabbe, raised by both a white man and a Cheyenne
chief. As a Cheyenne, Jack ate dog, had four wives and saw his people
butchered by General Custer's soldiers. As a white man, he participated
in the slaughter of the buffalo and tangled with Wyatt Earp.