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ISBN13: 9780140086836
ISBN10: 0140086838
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Ceremony cast a spell on me; I read it over the course of a day, reluctantly putting it down only to eat and walk with the dog. It is the story of Tayo, whose soul has been horribly broken, and of his perilous journey back to wholeness. How rare it is for me to feel so moved and transformed by a story; this is a novel of devastating brilliance and power.
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Tayo, a young Native American, has been a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, and the horrors of captivity have almost eroded his will to survive. His return to the Laguna Pueblo reservation only increases his feeling of estrangement and alienation. While other returning soldiers find easy refuge in alcohol and senseless violence, Tayo searches for another kind of comfort and resolution.

Tayo's quest leads him back to the Indian past and its traditions, to beliefs about witchcraft and evil, and to the ancient stories of his people. The search itself becomes a ritual, a curative ceremny that defeats the most virulent of afflictions — despair.

Review:

"An exceptional novel — a cause for celebration." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"The novel is very deliberately a ceremony in itself — demanding but confident and beautifully written." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Her assurance, her gravity, her flexibility are all wonderful gifts." The New York Review of Books

Review:

"Ceremony is the greatest novel in Native American literature. It is one of the greatest novels of any time and place. I have read this book so many times that I probably have it memorized. I teach it and I learn from it and I am continually in awe of its power, beauty, rage, vision, and violence." Sherman Alexie

Review:

"Without question Leslie Marmon Silko is the most accomplished Native American writer of her generation." The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Leslie Marmon Silko is a former professor of English and fiction writing.

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itpdx, October 19, 2009 (view all comments by itpdx)
A young man of mixed Native American heritage returns from WWII and exorcises his demons of alienation, despair and hatred through ceremony. He reconnects with the land and his people.
I long for a way for others who have been damaged by war, alienation, or violence to heal.
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sweetflower619, September 12, 2009 (view all comments by sweetflower619)
I read this book for an English class last semester. I actually liked it, even though I didn't expect it to be interesting. But the story sort of took me on it's own journey, and I guess it is rather accurate to say, that the book is a healing, in itself. Enjoy!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140086836
Author:
Silko, Leslie Marmon
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Veterans
Subject:
Laguna Indians.
Subject:
Indians, North American.
Subject:
Laguna Indians -- Fiction.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Contemporary American Fiction
Series Volume:
98-1012
Publication Date:
19860331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.82x5.08x.50 in. .43 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 272 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140086836 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Ceremony cast a spell on me; I read it over the course of a day, reluctantly putting it down only to eat and walk with the dog. It is the story of Tayo, whose soul has been horribly broken, and of his perilous journey back to wholeness. How rare it is for me to feel so moved and transformed by a story; this is a novel of devastating brilliance and power.

"Review" by , "An exceptional novel — a cause for celebration."
"Review" by , "The novel is very deliberately a ceremony in itself — demanding but confident and beautifully written."
"Review" by , "Her assurance, her gravity, her flexibility are all wonderful gifts."
"Review" by , "Ceremony is the greatest novel in Native American literature. It is one of the greatest novels of any time and place. I have read this book so many times that I probably have it memorized. I teach it and I learn from it and I am continually in awe of its power, beauty, rage, vision, and violence."
"Review" by , "Without question Leslie Marmon Silko is the most accomplished Native American writer of her generation."
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