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The Iliad of Geronimo

Farmer, W. Michael

The Iliad of Geronimo: A Song of Blood and Fire: A Novel

"The story of the last ten years of Geronimos wars mirrors the rage, battles, and deception told in Homers Iliad, the story of the ten-year Greek and Trojan War. The Iliad of Geronimo begins in 1877, ten years before Geronimos surrender with him being hauled four hundred miles in chains to the San Carlos Reservation guardhouse, there to await hanging in Tucson. Almost miraculously, Geronimo escaped hanging and lived peacefully for a time on the San Carlos Reservation. Geronimo and his followers escaped reservations three times during the nearly ten years of Geronimos Iliad. After leaving the reservations, the Apaches raided and made war from their great Troy-like fortress, the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico. Chiricahua Apache heroes, like their Greek and Trojan counterparts, were great warriors, their names filling the Americans and Mexicans with terror--Naiche, Loco, Chihuahua, Nana, Jelikinne, Ulzana, Kaytenne, Chato--and the most feared--Geronimo. The Iliad of Geronimo, like Homers Iliad, is an epic story, told through Geronimos eyes, of the ten years of blood and fire he wrought on his enemies when most of his people wanted peace with the Americans and the Mexicans. Only after General Miles offered terms that allowed Geronimo and his warriors to see their families was their war ended. The terms were like a Trojan horse, filled with lies instead of warriors, lies that once accepted allowed no escape for men who didnt suffer fools gladly and as warriors couldnt be broken"-"--

adult

W. Michael Farmer.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 595-598).

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