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5.0 von 5 Sternen A mature Silko sends us back to European wisdom tradition.
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,...
Am 18. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht

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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. Gardens in the Dunes is a 479 page creative writing exemplar of telling not showing. As an ad nauseum travelogue/encyclopedia of botany, Bath,or Gnosticism it bores. Only alive with the Native American characters in the Southwest, the novel fails to accomplish...
Am 25. April 1999 veröffentlicht


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A mature Silko sends us back to European wisdom tradition., 18. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gardens in the Dunes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
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. Lyrical descriptions of gardens, natural plant life, and wide-ranging, episodic action make this poetic book a page-turner, especially for readers who savor fine writing. Thematic motifs of Silko's other works, including the rape of the land and its inhabitants, resonate with Silko's earliest novel "Ceremony." Evil is still at work, though it isn't always the European culture that manifests it. Witchery akin to that witnessed by Lecha in Alaska in "Almanac," a manifestation of the covert 500 year's war waged by native peoples against Europeans, and by Tayo in World War II's wounded, robs characters of life and humanity as they pursue ill-gotten gains. Hattie's husband is too busy trying to recoup his fortune to serve the goddess, as his wound suggests he should have been doing. The real and symbolic impotence of Hattie's marriage drives home root causes, having and gettting, resulting in 50% divorce rates in our time. The adventures of Indigo's monkey and parrot provide comic relief as well as commenting upon the actions of the characters. But, the return of the serpent to the pool in the dunes drives home the allegorical nature of Silko's narrative. A dramatic read, Garden in the Dunes is a classic, for its structure, range of characters, archetypal symbolism, and indictment of what ails us at the turn of the millennium. Leslie Marmom Silko points us in the right direction with beautiful prose, telling European Americans to examine our traditions for the heretical truths and healing to be found therein. She asks us to explore our European gardens while giving us the gift of parallel truths common to all inner traditions. Like Snyder, we need to integrate and balance our lives by restoring European goddess wisdom, avoiding paths of greedy cultural or ecological insensitivity that bring disaster.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Found Treasure, 11. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gardens in the Dunes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb Victorian Odyssey of Young Native American Woman, 20. Juli 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gardens in the Dunes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gardens in the dunes brings a feast for eyes and soul., 29. April 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gardens in the Dunes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
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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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gardens in the Dunes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
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, 5. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gardens in the Dunes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
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. I found the characters engaging, and reading this book made me feel a deep sense of loss---the world has lost the wisdom and tradition of Native people. The greedy and destructive ways of one culture have won out and all of humanity is worse off for it.
In terms of criticism of the book, I thought it needed a better editor. Silko has a talent for writing descriptions, but at times the descriptions went on and on for pages. It boggs down the storyline several times. Still, this flaw does not detract from an enjoyable read.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Novels that tell and don't talk fail. Silko disappoints., 25. April 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gardens in the Dunes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Indigo asked. Hattie told him. Edward pointed out. Aunt Bronwyn explained. But don't look for much dialogue. Gardens in the Dunes is a 479 page creative writing exemplar of telling not showing. As an ad nauseum travelogue/encyclopedia of botany, Bath,or Gnosticism it bores. Only alive with the Native American characters in the Southwest, the novel fails to accomplish the purported ambitions which reviewers attribute to Silko. The characters wear the trappings of sometimes eloquent verbiage; yet, they seldom are more than appendages to Silko's descriptions. How disappointing. Don't make this novel one that turns you away from her other works.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Garden as Metaphor, 5. Oktober 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gardens in the Dunes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
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 great beauty and huge sorrow experienced through the eyes and emotions of a handfull of people around the turn of the century. Throughout, gardens serve as the backdrop and metaphor-of-choice: from the rugged gardens of the southwest to the lush gardens of Long Island, England and Italy. The cinematic quality of the book often led to thoughts of what a great film this could be in the hands of the right director.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful Reading! Fantastic Descriptions!, 2. Dezember 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gardens in the Dunes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I was not surprised to read such a wonderful novel. This is the lastest I have read since Storyteller in college. This book is beautifully written to take the life story of a girl who was ripped from her culture, but still had the instinct to return to her roots. The description of gardens is beautifully done and quite accurate I might add. I could actually see these wonderful places. If you would like to read about hisory with a twist, pick up this book because you will not be able to put it down!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Speaker of the Truth Always Scares Self-Deceivers Away, 12. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gardens in the Dunes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
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. Silko, who scared the white critics senseless with ALMANAC OF THE DEAD, does it again with this beautiful account of the collision between the cultures. If you frighten easily, don't read this book. If you're up for a challenge and are an open-minded, intelligent reader, then you owe it to yourself to dive into this marvelous novel. Peace.
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