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Pocahontas While Rick Bass' dazzling stories have earned star status in literary magazines and small-press anthologies, this collection of 10 works deserves a...PocahontasAnimationPT81MG While Rick Bass' dazzling stories have earned star status in literary magazines and small-press anthologies, this collection of 10 works deserves a...1995-06-23Christian BaleBilly ConnollyLinda HuntJohn KassirDavid Ogden StiersChristian Bale, Billy Connolly, Linda Hunt, John Kassir, David Ogden Stiers

Pocahontas

Genre: Animation; Starring: Mel Gibson, Irene Bedard, Judy Kuhn, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly, Linda Hunt, John Kassir, David Ogden Stiers; Director: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg; Author: Susannah Grant; Producer (group): Walt Disney Pictures; Runtime (in minutes): 81; MPAA Rating: G

While Rick Bass’ dazzling stories have earned star status in literary magazines and small-press anthologies, this collection of 10 works deserves a larger audience. The stories in In the Loyal Mountains, each told by an unnamed narrator, achieve the fluid unity of a novel. In ”The History of Rodney,” a young man and his lover exile themselves to a near-deserted Mississippi River town where giant pigs (descended from Union soldiers, according to local legends) wander the streets. In Montana-based stories like ”Days of Heaven” and ”Fires,” eccentric loners battle opportunists and resist enchanting women to protect their wilderness solitude. Bass’ fiction takes us to the borders of civilization, where we glimpse an untamed world of myth and mystery. A+

Originally posted June 23 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT

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