Good. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that'll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included.
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Fine in very good dust jacket. SHIP DAILY from NJ w/tracking: GIFT-ABLE AS FEELS LIKE NEW UNREAD FIRST, NEAR FINE (bump to spine ends) w/DJ VERY GOOD (rub to back, glossy) AS SHOWN THIS COVER. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 490 p. Audience: General/trade.15098 15098--I haven't looked at the other reviews. I read this book because I've recently finished "One Hundred Names for Love, " by Diane Ackerman, Paul West's wife. I had not heard of him before. He suffered a massive stroke in 2003. This book was written about 7 years prior to that event. West uses a stream of consciousness and switches (by chapter) from one character to another. There are two main characters: George, "The Place In Flowers Where Pollen Rests" his name, and his son/nephew, "Beautiful Badger Going Over the Hill, " otherwise known as Oswald. The first half of the book shows the uncle and nephew relationship. George is old, living on the reservation where he has a permanent place by a wall for he attracts tourists. He is known far and wide for his kachina doll carvings. These dolls are derived from the characters of the gods who reside on the San Francisco Mountains. Twice a year, tribal men dress up and play the part of a particular god but not as an actor. The intention is to become the god which allows that god to visit the tribe. The same gods do not show up every year. As the story unfolds, we see that Oswald doesn't have a solid footing in the tribe, mainly because he is a bastard. After George's wife was mysteriously drowned, George wooed his older brother's wife and Oswald was the result. The book begins with Oswald fleeing his pornography film when an actress is accidentally killed. Oswald fears he will be blamed. Nobody in the tribe knows he acts in pornography. He describes Western movies when asked. This is not an easy book to understand. Oswald is a conflicted character and so is George. Both have many layers. George has never told Oswald he is his father. If Oswald didn't take care of George, supplyng him with diabetes, heart medication, George would die. But George wants to die, and periodically enacts his death, not deliberately but because he is TRYING to die. It is not an easy matter. Oswald fights George to stay alive, coaxing, cajoling, always patient with him. Oswald admires George because George doesn't kowtow to anyone. The interest derives from how these two understand and do not understand each other. In the second half of the book, George has died. The chapters that used to belong to George are taken up by the god Sotugnangu, who reports on Oswald's going to Viet Nam and what he experiences there. This is a dark and brutal section of the book. Oswald resorts to taking body parts of the slain to make an entity. His fellow soldiers are wary of him. Oswald eventually disposes of his Frankestein and I could not figure out if he were imaginging himself being like George in this activity or what. He is NOT a vampire. Oswald returns to the village on the mesa. Oswald's background is covered. We go into the mind of his mother, her memories of George. Because Oswald is the youngest child, his older brothers taunt him, knowing George is his father and their father leaves, building himself another house. So, Oswald, not a member of the inner circle of men who meet in the Kiva, decides or is compelled by a mysterious visitation to enact the part of a god. He studies an image of this god in a book of kachina dolls and makes himself up. He sallies out and enacts this god's temperament in the village. Even those who did not give their approval comment and recognize the god. This I understood as a major breakthrough for Oswald, for he is doing a traditionally approved activity and the writing suggests that he does well enough to be recognized. This god is one who has not been seen for a long time. The women and chidren and others interact with him in his costume. The men play the "gods" must exit and disrobe out of sight, which Oswald does. His mother sees him after he has disrobed and is estatic that he has participated. I took this as meaning that Oswald will do this again in six months, that he has found a calling, something he needed to do. The writing is not dense but intense. I liked the book...
Fine in Very Good jacket. Size: 8vo 8"-9" tall; Sterling condition hardcover copy, with unbruised tips, tight binding, and clean internals, showing only very slight shelf-and edge-wear; not ex-library, with neither underlining nor highlighting anywhere. Bright and shiny dust jacket, illustrated, showing only very minor wear, some sunning, protected by a plastic coat. 490 pp.
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