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Leslie Marmon Silko

Autor(a) de Ceremony

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About the Author

Leslie Marmon Silko was born in 1948 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Growing up on a reservation, she went to Bureau of Indian Affairs schools before attending the University of New Mexico. She taught at the Navajo Community College in Arizona and is a professor of English at the University of Arizona, mostrar mais Tucson. Marmon has written short stories, poetry, plays and novels. Her books include Laguna Woman, Ceremony and Yellow Woman. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Leslie Marmon Silko

Associated Works

The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contribuinte — 1,136 cópias
God Is Red: A Native View of Religion (1973) — Prefácio, algumas edições1,011 cópias
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contribuinte — 752 cópias
Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study (1992) — Contribuinte, algumas edições517 cópias
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (2008) — Contribuinte — 416 cópias
Sisters of the Earth: Women's Prose and Poetry About Nature (1991) — Contribuinte — 399 cópias
We Are the Stories We Tell (1990) — Contribuinte — 195 cópias
Growing Up Native American (1993) — Contribuinte — 170 cópias
Genocide of the Mind: New Native American Writing (2003) — Contribuinte — 148 cópias
Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (1998) — Contribuinte — 123 cópias
First World, Ha, Ha, Ha! (1995) — Contribuinte — 112 cópias
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contribuinte — 109 cópias
Choice Words: Writers on Abortion (2020) — Contribuinte — 75 cópias
200 Years of Great American Short Stories (1975) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuinte — 68 cópias
Earth Song, Sky Spirit (1993) — Contribuinte — 67 cópias
Song of the Turtle: American Indian Literature 1974-1994 (1996) — Contribuinte — 61 cópias
Westward the Women: An Anthology of Western Stories by Women (1984) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
Through the Eye of the Deer (1999) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
Race: An Anthology in the First Person (1997) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
Discrimination: Opposing Viewpoints (1997) (1997) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
Voices Under One Sky: Contemporary Native Literature (1994) — Contribuinte — 19 cópias
Twentieth-Century American Short Stories: An Anthology (1975) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Constructing Nature: Readings from the American Experience (1996) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Wounds beneath the flesh (1983) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
The Best American Short Stories 1975 (1975) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Stories for a Winter's Night (2000) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
20th Century American Short Stories, Volume 2 — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
TriQuarterly 48: Western Stories — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Come to power : eleven contemporary American Indian poets. (1974) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



Ceremony is the story of Tayo, a half white, half Navajo veteran of World War II who, after a stay in a California hospital being treated for PTSD (although that term was not in vogue when the novel was written—1977) returns to his childhood home, the Laguna Pueblo reservation in New Mexico. The book is also an allegory of Tayo’s people, both the Navajo of the American Southwest in particular, and of Native Americans more generally (called “Indians” in the novel).

In the war, Tayo fought on an unnamed Pacific island where it rained constantly. His home (just west of Albuquerque) on the other hand, is in the midst of a long term severe drought. Tayo feels some guilt because he prayed for and performed ceremonies to end the rain in the Pacific, and he fears that his efforts may have brought the drought to his home.

Tayo’s childhood friends, who also fought in the war, spend much of their time reminiscing about how much respect they got while they were in uniform. That respect contrasts dramatically with the way they are treated now, and they find themselves devolved into an almost constant state of drunkenness. Their fate inspires Tayo think about the tremendous discrimination Native Americans face at the hands of the whites, whom they nevertheless seem to admire.

The narrative oscillates from Tayo’s pre-war youth to the war and to his current situation. Always present is Tayo’s efforts to influence events through prayers and ceremonies. The characters face a constant tension between the Christianity forced upon them by the whites and the ancient stories and beliefs of their ancestors. It Is not clear to me whether the author wants the reader to believe (for purposes of the story) in the efficacy of the ceremonies as actual causes of the events in the novel, but it is very clear that the characters believe in them. It is also clear that Ms. Silko doesn’t put much faith in the whites’ religion, either in the novel or in her own life.

The story takes some unusual turns, and the conclusion is more than a little bizarre. Tayo’s efforts to end the drought have not been successful, and so he believes he must do something extra to complete his ceremony. That something is to incorporate an element of white culture into his rite. He decides that he needs to spend a night in a local abandoned uranium mine and the ceremony will be complete.

Unfortunately, some of his “friends,” one of whom is an avowed enemy from childhood, have their own notions of ceremony that involve a ritual killing of a tribe member, presumably Tayo. The “friends” come looking for Tayo, but can’t find him in the mine. So they decide to kill Tayo’s best friend! From his hiding place, Tayo watches them torture his real friend to death, but, knowing the trouble he would incur, restrains himself from killing their leader in order to save his friend. The white authorities investigate the murder, but are unable to prove a case against the leader. However, the FBI agent investigating the crime knows enough to tell the leader to leave New Mexico and never return. The leader goes off to California, which is significant because that is where Tayo had spent his time recovering in the VA hospital.

In the end, the drought is broken. The reader is left to decide whether the correlation of Tayo’s ceremony was the cause of the end of the drought.

In this summary, the story seems more than a little kooky. However, the book is very well written, including numerous short poems that bring Indian lore to life. In addition, I can attest that its descriptions of the land is very accurate. I read this book in conjunction with Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit, a collection of non-fiction essays by the same author. The two together provide a bittersweet depiction of Native American life today.

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nbmars | outras 59 resenhas | Apr 12, 2024 |
This book had long been on my list of "books I need to read someday," and when I found this lovely used copy of the 30th anniversary edition at my local bookstore, it got upgraded to books I need to read soon. But what did I know about it, going into it? Hardly anything. Just that it is a modern classic, and written by a Native American woman.

How do I explain why I loved this so deeply? Even when it was sometimes confusing often painful, a slow and tangled read. But the challenge is the point. There are no straight roads back to wholeness, not when things are as broken as they are.

I found this spell-binding. I am thankful to have crossed paths with this book.
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greeniezona | outras 59 resenhas | Feb 9, 2024 |
Main character is Native American, was released after imprisonment after WWII and returns home
JimandMary69 | outras 59 resenhas | Aug 30, 2023 |
Her writing is lyrical, suspenseful, and matter of fact, by turns. I first came across her short story "Lullaby" in college lit class, and was floored by it.

Yes, her approach moves seamlessly between time periods and various events so the reader must remain alert. But what of it? This reads like a dream, only the harshness is the lives of Native Americans who populate this novel. Just read it.
terriks | outras 59 resenhas | Jun 13, 2023 |



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