"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. Book is well read but remains a good reading copy with all of the pages and binding intact. The spine has bends and the cover has wear from reading including rubbing and bends. May have writing or highlighting. Quick response.
Good. Book Good 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Signed by Author Later printing of Silko's amazing novel; signed by author on title page. Covers show significant wear, price was blacked out at some point, pages have some slight yellowing, interior tight and clean.
Very good. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 242 p. Audience: Young adult. iMAGE OF BOOK IS CORRECT. A dull med. blue cover with light lettering. A lovely designed book with an introduction by Larry McMurtry. A Penguin Classic deluxe edition with wide cover flaps, even if this is a PBT edition. Book is clean and well cared for. Native Indian Tribes such as: Laguna Pueblo and Mexican mix ancestry.
Good. No dust jacket as issued. Highlighting/underlining. Signed by author. Inscribed by author on title page. Soft cover shows some wear. Book is in good condition with underlining of text and written notations in margin areas. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 243 p. Audience: General/trade.
Near Fine. Signed by Author. This is the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of the author's early masterpiece, signed on the title page (blue cover with french flaps, silver & white lettering, faint circle from sticker removal; otherwise a bright, clean, tight copy)
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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