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!
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.
by The Washington Post Book World,
"An exceptional novel — a cause for celebration."
by The Boston Globe,
"The novel is very deliberately a ceremony in itself — demanding but confident and beautifully written."
by The New York Review of Books,
"Her assurance, her gravity, her flexibility are all wonderful gifts."
by Sherman Alexie,
"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."
by The New York Times Book Review,
"Without question Leslie Marmon Silko is the most accomplished Native American writer of her generation."
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