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Laughing Boy

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Laughing Boy knew nothing of the white man, grew up worshiping the Indian gods, following the old ways, mastering traditional skills, and exulting in ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
BigD

Beautifully Crafted

by BigD on Apr 5, 2007

Laughing Boy won a Pulitzer Prize, but it might be worthy of a Nobel. LaFarge's writing is as finely crafted as the jewelry his main character conjures from silver and stone. The author's subtle understanding of the psychology of love in both Laughing Boy and his wife Slim Girl is especially impressive because he was so young when he wrote the book. He carries the reader into a culture native to America, but foreign to most of us, even to many born in native tribes, as the plight of "American-schooled" Slim Girl demonstrates. When her secrets are revealed, the pain is terrible, the reconciliation sweet, and the end devastating as a Greek tragedy, yet softened by love and hope.

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