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Leslie Marmon Silko
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13. April 2000
A sweeping, multifaceted tale of a young Native American pulled between the cherished traditions of a heritage on the brink of extinction and an encroaching white culture, Gardens in the Dunes is the powerful story of one woman's quest to reconcile two worlds that are diametrically opposed.
At the center of this struggle is Indigo, who is ripped from her tribe, the Sand Lizard people, by white soldiers who destroy her home and family. Placed in a government school to learn the ways of a white child, Indigo is rescued by the kind-hearted Hattie and her worldly husband, Edward, who undertake to transform this complex, spirited girl into a "proper" young lady. Bit by bit, and through a wondrous journey that spans the European continent, traipses through the jungles of Brazil, and returns to the rich desert of Southwest America, Indigo bridges the gap between the two forces in her life and teaches her adoptive parents as much as, if not more than, she learns from them.

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  • Taschenbuch: 480 Seiten
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster; Auflage: Scribner PB Fic. (13. April 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0684863324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684863320
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 13,4 x 2,7 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (13 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 303.141 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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In 1900 the West was still wild. Anglo-Americans were tearing up the countryside in the name of progress, and pity the Indians who stood in the way. To this canvas Leslie Marmon Silko, author of such well-received novels as Almanac of the Dead and Ceremony, brings her brush. Gardens in the Dunes begins and ends at a hidden garden near the Colorado River on the California-Arizona border. But Silko covers ground that includes the early stages of women's rights, emerging female sexuality, the rape of the Amazon, early quack medicine, Gnostic mysteries, Celtic magic, and flower husbandry. Her palette has many colors, but everywhere the garden is a central theme.

Grandmother Fleet, one of the few remaining Sand Lizard Indians, tends a traditional desert garden while teaching the old ways to her granddaughters Sister Salt and Indigo. At a time of crushing hopelessness, Wovoka's Ghost Dance messianic movement appears, drawing in the girls and Grandmother Fleet:

While the others danced with eyes focussed on the fire, Indigo watched the weird shadows play on the hillsides, so she was one of the first to see the Messiah and his family as they stepped out of darkness into the glow of swirling snowflakes. How their white robes shined!
Indigo is also one of the first to sense the approach of soldiers and Indian police bent on breaking up the gathering. The action then moves her from the secret garden and small family to an Indian school in Riverside. She eventually flees the school and ends up traveling through Europe with an aristocratic Victorian family, as companion to an unmarried woman. Despite her many adventures and her exposure to a life of privilege and luxury, Indigo never loses her affinity for the traditions of her own people. Silko uses this novel to explore contrasts between Native American and European customs and morals--with white culture often coming up short. On occasion this ambitious novel strays into the political proper, but there's no denying the sheer force of Silko's prose and the sweep of her story. Gardens in the Dunes offers both a vivid portrait of 19th-century Native American life and a provocative exploration of disparate cultures' relationships to the world around them --Schuyler Ingle -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


Suzanne Ruta The New York Times Book Review Rich, intriguing...a mix of myth, allegory, Victorian children's tale, and adventure yarn, laced with readings in Southwest history.

The Boston Globe Confident and beautifully written.

Melissa Levine San Francisco Chronicle Like Gabriel García Márquez, but more accurately reminiscent of Joseph Conrad...a rich descendant well worth reading.

Irene Warner The Seattle Times Book Review Rich, generous, funny, and ambitious, thought provoking and rewarding.

Nadya Labi Time Silko has crafted a dreamlike tale out of one of the ugliest realities in American history.

Therese Stanton Ms. The historical, geographical, and emotional scope of this sprawling novel is breathtaking. Silko tells and retells the stories of multicultural America and weaves them into the "master" narrative of American history.

Philip Connors Newsday A tender, evocative tale.

Alexs Pate Minneapolis Star-Tribune You can depend on Leslie Marmon Silko to seduce and captivate you with her considerable literary powers. Her dreamlike narratives deliver amazing truths. With Gardens in the Dunes, Silko has crafted a book about faith in the old ways, in the natural ways of life, about the significance of a family and a girl's indomitable spirit.

Denise Low The Kansas City Star Silko writes descriptions as lush as rose petals. A cosmopolitan, spellbinding narrative.

David A. Walton San Jose Mercury News Silko's appeal is her ability to transcend with her story the obvious ethnic, feminist, and ecological messages so deeply embedded in her material....[Her] fiction is rooted in the real world and conveys the eternal messages of story land: love won and lost, separation and reunion, a child's growth and arrival into adulthood.

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Review: Gardens in the Dunes by Leslie Marmon Silko
When Leslie Marmon Silko advised Gary Snyder not to look to native American traditions for his poetry, her anger was justified. Garden in the Dunes, Silko's latest work in hardback, may represent the author's mature outlook, synthesizing native and European traditions in one fascinating work which, nevertheless, carries her earlier message. Documenting the horrors of Western European culture as they manifest in the culture of the United States at the end of the nineteenth century, Silko manages to send Hattie, her Caucasian heroine, back to Europe, much as Hawthorne sends Pearl in The Scarlet Letter. Indigo, the child heroine of the novel, encounters everything from a cruel episode recalling D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterly's Lover in the northeastern United States to manifestations of early goddess figures in an Italian black garden. The latter are most recognizable to the child as emblems of her own Sand Lizzard culture, one related to but independent of other Southwest Indian cultures. Silko's condemnation of greedy white males is balanced by Hattie's abortive attempt to bring forth a thesis on the heresies of Southern France, particularly that related to Mary Magdalene. Eventually, Hattie pays the price for her naivete, though she has educated Indigo in the process, loving her and receiving affection from the child in return. More clearly organized and faster paced than Almanac of the Dead, Gardens in the Dunes provides readers with an intriguing, web-like tale of a host of characters, Messianic traditions involving the Ghost Dance, and Biblical symbolism of the Garden of Eden.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Found Treasure 11. März 2000
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While on a camping trip, I settled into this amazing book. Still can't quite identify it -- is it a Botany book? a social treatise? travel book? feminist tract? religious thesis? history book? Visually stunning: the well dressed little Indian with the parrot on her shoulder and the monkey holding her hand; ancient stones and mists of Bath; lusty sun soaked gardens of Italy; the clay painted Indian dancers; a hammock on a boat in the Amazon; the high spirited Hattie; the self-absorbed Edward; all the magnificent gardens -- how on earth does Silko make the transitions in such a believable manner? Yes, of course, the author has an agenda, and magically shows us a version of what she considers important. Mamalinda believes this book is best enjoyed beside a body of water, settling into the trees or by the light of the campfire, and crawling into and living within this masterpiece... and Mamalinda will be looking for the author's other books!
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Leslie Marmon Silko moves to the first rank of American novelists with this haunting, exquisitely written tale of a young Native American woman's odyssey through Victorian Age America and Europe. Her keen observations on 19th Century women's rights and exploitation of nature are still quite relevant today. Anyone who has enjoyed reading Charles Frazier's "Cold Mountain" and Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes" will find this magnificient book just as poignant and mesmerizing a read. "Gardens in the Dunes" truly deserves a wider readership than it's earned so far.
On a personal note, I remain indebted to Leslie Marmon Silko for taking the time to read a science fiction novel I had written that was rich in ideas and deficient in character development. Her generous advice I wasn't able to heed, but I hope a current work which a literary agent is now reading will bear some promising fruit.
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following leslie silko's writings never fails to educate and enlighten a person. her ability to change tone and focus for each new work is still not equaled by many writers from her generation. "Gardens in the dunes" takes the reader on an amazing voyage of discovery in the botany world as well as the changing southwestern desert. as each character moves along their paths, we are exposed to the colors and smells of each place ,giving us a vivid feel for where the characters are. the many descriptions Silko gives transport you along with each sister,you feel as if you must go along with them so that you will not miss each fully gratifing day of this beautiful journey. once again Leslie silko has proven why she is still one of the most important writers of our times. her use of language and passonate voice have moved many and will now ,once again, move many more.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I couldn`t put this book down... 2. Juni 1999
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I`m surprised by the negative reviews because I loved this book. Certainly there are "agendas" here, including characters struggling with feminist and expansionist issues. Exploring these agendas is Silko`s point. Her characters are voices from their time. Why does the Tuscan reviewer dismiss this novel for not having enough dialogue? Silko presents the story through the eyes of very different characters. By not including much dialogue, we see the problems of communication between these people--they each feel separated. The reader is "shown" each character`s reading of the disturbing and interesting events. I`d recommend this book as strongly as Silko`s other works. It`s a page turner of a different sort!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Overall, a great read
Overall I liked this book very much. Lush, breath-taking descriptions of the Sand Lizard people and their world, and its contrast to the greed of the white world. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. März 2000 von Marianne
5.0 von 5 Sternen Gardens in the Dunes
An outstanding, mezmerizing journey with both outstandingly interesting and hideous characters. I didn't want it to end. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. Februar 2000 von Cathi Unruh
5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful Reading! Fantastic Descriptions!
I was not surprised to read such a wonderful novel. This is the lastest I have read since Storyteller in college. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Dezember 1999 von Danielle
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Speaker of the Truth Always Scares Self-Deceivers Away
I was not surprise that many critics were afraid of this book's multiplicity of messages, accusing it of being weighed down with political agendas. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 12. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Gardens in the Dunes is a masterpiece
This new novel by Leslie Marmon Silko is a masterpiece. Silko has written another wonderful book about Native Americans, but at the same time we can read the history of Western... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 7. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Garden as Metaphor
Having read Ceremony over 20 years ago and enjoyed its clarity and imagery, it is a total treat to now read Gardens in the Dunes which indeed is a little masterpiece that captures... Lesen Sie weiter...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen gardens in the dunes: sensitive and spriritual read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved Indigo's deeply spiritual relationship and respect for all living things - especially her ability to relate to others raised in different... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 18. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Novels that tell and don't talk fail. Silko disappoints.
Indigo asked. Hattie told him. Edward pointed out. Aunt Bronwyn explained. But don't look for much dialogue. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 25. April 1999 veröffentlicht
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