- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin Books; Auflage: Reprint (4. März 1986)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0140086838
- ISBN-13: 978-0140086836
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 1,1 x 19,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 60 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 112.381 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Ceremony (Contemporary American Fiction Series) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. März 1986
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An exceptional novela cause for celebration. (The Washington Post Book World)
Her assurance, her gravity, her flexibility are all wonderful gifts. (The New York Review of Books)
The novel is very deliberately a ceremony in itselfdemanding but confident and beautifully written. (The Boston Globe)
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)
Without question Leslie Marmon Silko is the most accomplished Native American writer of her generation. (The New York Times Book Review)
Focuses on the lives of young indian veterans home from the war, including Taya, a halfbred whose imprisonment by the Japanese has left him shattered. This novel follows his struggle against alcoholism and despair and his ritual search for meaning in the ancient Indian stories and traditions.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony is a wonderful novel about how some people fight to rescue and preserve their culture. Tayo, the protagonist, is a young Native American who has come back home to Laguna Pueblo after participating in World War II. In this war the Japanese imprisoned he and his cousin Rocky but only Tayo escaped alive. Rocky was beaten until he died. Seeing his cousin die in front of him plus the traumatic experience of fighting a war that he doesn't understand affected him mentally and physically. The nightmares, the weakness, and to vomit at any time made him refuse the white people's cultural influence and begin healing process searching his cultural roots. After the war veteran Native Americans earned some kind of "respect" and equality with white people but Tayo learned this vanished when he removed the uniform. He wants to recover his religion, the relationship his people have with nature and everything that reinforces his cultural identity. For this purpose he starts a ceremonial process in which he may discover those things that are really important in life. Also he will discover that to survive cultural extinction each person must make changes and adapt to the new social environment without losing their cultural essence. This novel is a real ceremony that makes you be part of it. In some moments you can feel the suffering, anguish, and despair of the characters. Each part makes the reader live the situation from the mind and soul of Tayo, the protagonist. The themes developed in this book make me think of the way many people around the world are losing their culture and the importance of it. The great talent of Silko makes this novel a masterpiece. She uses innovative writing techniques that place this novel in high level. She also includes in this novel some Native religious elements that give a magical and mysterious atmosphere. For example, it is really interesting the way the author intercepts some poems through the novel. These poem are prayers and stories equivalent to Biblical tales. Each poem presents many situations that help to create the scenario and the mood for this narration. I consider this work as a perfect example of excellent writing. I think this book a magnificent and rewarding work, and Silko, as a citizen of the Laguna Pueblo, has an excellent perception of the reality of her people. For this reason I proudly recommend this novel to every person who wanted to know other cultures and to those who wanted to find their cultural essence.
By: José Miguel Garcés Rivera/ Expository Writing (ENGL 3231)/ University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus
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