- Taschenbuch: 170 Seiten
- Verlag: Sun Tracks: An American Indian; Auflage: Reprint (November 1987)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0816510466
- ISBN-13: 978-0816510467
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 349.278 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Names (Sun Tracks: An American Indian Literary (Paperback)) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – November 1987
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"It is a search and a celebration, a book of identities and sources....Out of ordinary materials--genealogy, tribal tales, memories of a boyhood spent in Oklahoma, at Ship Rock in the Navajo country and at the Jemez pueblo, where his parents taught school--he has built a mystical, provocative book." --Wallace Stegner, New York Times"A Native American version of Roots . . . full of the sense of wonder that characterizes classic American literature." --Choice "Graceful, lucid prose...[Momaday] is forever an Indian and the reader understands why." --Atlantic Monthly "With the eye of a painter and the voice of a poet, Momaday vividly recreates a childhood world of color, sound, and experience played out against the backdrop of tribal tales and in the shadow of revered forebears. . . . An eloquent statement of this distinguished Native American author's search for identity." --Journal of Arizona History
Of all of the works of N. Scott Momaday, "The Names" may be the most personal. A memoir of his boyhood in Oklahoma and the Southwest, it is also described by Momaday as "an act of the imagination. When I turn my mind to my early life, it is the imaginative part of it that comes first and irresistibly into reach, and of that part I take hold." Complete with family photos, "The Names" is a book that will captivate readers who wish to experience the Native American way of life.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
_The Names_ is moving in its description of the ceremonies of Jemez Pueblo and the stories of Momaday's family. The author writes sometimes in a child's voice and sometimes in his grandfather's or the voices of others around him. It is clearly a child's story, saturated with a child's sense of wonder. But Momaday also provides an account of the process of attempted recovery, the descent into storytelling: "The first word gives origin to the second, the first and second to the third, . . . and so on. You cannot begin with the second word and tell the story, for the telling of the story is a cumulative process, a chain of becoming, at last of being."
Momaday's exploration of language's structure and limitations makes much of the book beautiful to me, but gets weighted down in intellectualization from time to time. Scott Momaday is a scholar -- he went to Stanford -- and the analytical aspect of _The Names_ can be a bit dry at times. It is, on the whole though, a sensitive and moving exploration of a Native American childhood and one of my favorite male autobiographies.
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