"Demanding but confident and beautifully written" (Boston Globe), this is the story of a young Native American returning to his reservation after surviving the horrors of captivity as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II. Drawn to his Indian past and its traditions, his search for comfort and resolution becomes a ritual--a curative ...Read More"Demanding but confident and beautifully written" (Boston Globe), this is the story of a young Native American returning to his reservation after surviving the horrors of captivity as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II. Drawn to his Indian past and its traditions, his search for comfort and resolution becomes a ritual--a curative ceremony that defeats his despair.Read Less
Fair in Fair jacket. 1977 unstated First Edition, Viking Press, New York. Hardcover. Cover rubbed, worn, serious edgewear along bottom--worn through to boards, Flyleaf cut out. Former library bookwith the usual. Book has highlighting and written notations throughout. Dust jacket intact, covered with plastikleer, clipped. Readability of this wonderful book is not impaired by its physical flaws. 262 pp. Young half-breed Laguna Indian returns from WWII after horrible suffering in a Japanese POW camp, is eventually healed by traditional Native methods. Fascinating and magical book. All books shipped within 24 hours with U. S. Postal Service Delivery Confirmation, each order is packaged in a new box with bubble wrap, and always your satification is guaranteed.
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
First printing, an ex-library copy with all of the expected markings in the book. The jacket spine is sunned, but otherwise the jacket is pretty fresh, as it had been encased in a protector. It has no glue or ink anywhere on it. Native American author's first novel.
Near Fine. Dust Jacket Included. 8vo. 261 pp. Illustrated. Original binding. Bottom of spine lightly bumped else this is a near fine book in a second state DJ with "Some Coments On: Ceremony" on the rear flap with some spinal sunning and a very small closed tear top of spinal gutter else near fine.
Multiple themes of environmental and cultural loss and renewal/resilience along with the superb writing make this a fantastic novel.
Aug 1, 2007
Of Ceremony and Story
Leslie Marmon Silko's 1977 novel focuses upon a World War II Native American veteran Tayo's return to the Laguna Pueblo reservation in New Mexico, and his alienation from the pueblo culture as a person of mixed blood. The novel traces the protagonist's descent into alcoholism, self-contempt, and abrupt violence, and his eventual reintegration into the matrix of native culture through renewed ritual and ceremonial practices, and the agency of its female characters. In fact, the novel reasserts the primacy of the Indian storytelling tradition (in its role as culture- and history-bearer) through its very presence, and Silko's writing is imbued with the reverence for the land which is so integral to native belief. Before Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie, this novel established Silko as a superlative author. The book has an incantatory power in its slow, leisurely rhythms and its ability to transport the reader to the American Southwest. It is a pained and beautiful novel whose relevance is even more timely in this moment of global ecological crisis
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