Soul Catcher (novel)


Soul Catcher (novel)

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name = Soul Catcher
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image_caption = Cover of first edition (hardcover)
author = Frank Herbert
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country = United States
language = English
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publisher = G. P. Putnam's Sons
release_date = 1972
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media_type = Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
pages = 250 pp
isbn = NA
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"Soul Catcher" (1972) is a novel by the science fiction writer Frank Herbert.

Plot summary

"Soul Catcher" is about a Native American who kidnaps a young white boy, and their journey together. It is a story of vengeance and sacrifice. In the conflicted anti-hero, one may see many truths to the feelings harbored by those who were conquered.

Major themes

Many Native American myths are touched upon; e.g. that the bee does not haphazardly sting its victim, rather it chooses that person. The book is committed to seeing the sacrifice through and the “lamb” must be an innocent to represent the many Native American innocents slaughtered. Therein lies the conflict with our tragic hero, that he may actually have found respect for his young white hostage, yet he knows what it is that he must do for his people.


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