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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

[the Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis]

Egan, Timothy

(Audiobook CD - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher
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At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Edward Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. His great adventure succeeded in creating one of America's most stunning cultural achievements.
Publisher: [Holland, Ohio] : Dreamscape Media, p2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 1611209471
9781611209471
Branch Call Number: CD- 770.92 C978es
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (ca. 8 hr., 52 min) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Additional Contributors: Drummond, David

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Like a good true story? Try this one by Timothy Egan about Edward Curtis and his quest to document Native Americans.

Amazing story of a Northwest icon. We've all seen the images, but do we know anything about the photographer himself? I did not. My favorite book of 2012.


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Timothy Egan weaves a good story about Edward Curtis' life and his significant contribution to native American history. The style allows the reader / listener to easily identify with Curtis' quest, the thrills of learning, the difficulties of the physical turmoil, and the pains of personal loss.

The audio book does contain a disk of images Curtis created which was a nice addition. The narrator's voice is strong and expressive. He also read Empire of the Summer Moon - a worthwhile yet darker read.

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