Form and Content
Edgar Wyatt’s Geronimo: The Last Apache War Chief is divided into chapters that, in the earlier portions, roughly correspond to the development and growth of the boy into the man. The book’s later chapters are divided according to the evolutionary stages of the conflict between the United States and the Apache nation. The first part of the biography presents a sense of what life was like for Geronimo as a boy, with considerable dialogue, while the last part provides more narrative history.
A pronunciation guide to the most important Apache names, the names of South-western wildlife, particularly cacti, and some Mexican words is presented at the end of the book, just before the bibliography. Young readers are encouraged to review this guide prior to beginning the book, both at the table of contents and with a note facing the first page of the book.
The book’s illustrations are in the form of line drawings that, while constituting a nice break from reading for the young person, betray their origins from the 1950’s. Any dead bodies are portrayed vaguely, even in stick-figure form, so as not to upset a sensitive child. A torture scene is very calm and does not conform to the text that is placed on the adjacent page. In short, the illustrations are more decorative than descriptive and are definitely dated, both artistically and culturally.
The narrative begins with Geronimo as a young boy riding with his tutor because...
(The entire section is 484 words.)