I love the movie Jeremiah Johnson with Robert Redford. I've watched it multiple times and it strikes me as independent, daring, and fills me with a desire to live on my own on a mountain. So, when I realized that Jeremiah Johnson is actually based on the book Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher, you can imagine my excitement. I couldn't believe my luck, I could read one of the possibilities for next years Read Me and relive my favorite moments from the movie.
I was sorely disappointed in Mountain Man. The depictions of Native Americans are racist and contain sweeping generalizations. I found the descriptions to be somewhat boring and cliched.
Maybe it was because I had gone into it with such high expectations, but the book was definitely a let down. I'm glad I read it because I've always felt that I needed to read a Vardis Fisher since I'm from Idaho, but I don't feel like I need to read another one of his books. Life's too short.