The Way to Rainy Mountain (Google eBook)

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UNM Press, Sep 1, 1976 - Fiction - 98 pages
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First published in paperback by UNM Press in 1976, The Way to Rainy Mountain has sold over 200,000 copies.

"The paperback edition of The Way to Rainy Mountain was first published twenty-five years ago. One should not be surprised, I suppose, that it has remained vital, and immediate, for that is the nature of story. And this is particularly true of the oral tradition, which exists in a dimension of timelessness. I was first told these stories by my father when I was a child. I do not know how long they had existed before I heard them. They seem to proceed from a place of origin as old as the earth.

"The stories in The Way to Rainy Mountain are told in three voices. The first voice is the voice of my father, the ancestral voice, and the voice of the Kiowa oral tradition. The second is the voice of historical commentary. And the third is that of personal reminiscence, my own voice. There is a turning and returning of myth, history, and memoir throughout, a narrative wheel that is as sacred as language itself."--from the new Preface


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A fascinating blend of myth, prose, and poetry. - Goodreads
Startlingly fresh in his approach to storytelling. - Goodreads
Beautiful illustrations by his father, Al Momaday. - Goodreads
November 2004 Book Club Selection - Goodreads

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User Review  - Erika B. (Snogging on Sunday Books) - Goodreads

"A word has power in and of itself. It comes from nothing into sound and meaning; it gives origin to all things. By means of words can a man deal with the world on equal terms. And the word is sacred ... Read full review

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pretty good book. read for world literature. interesting formatting. Read full review

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About the author (1976)

N. Scott Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969 for his novel House Made of Dawn. Several of his books are available from UNM Press, including The Way to Rainy Mountain. He lives in Santa Fe.

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