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Penguin, 1977 - Fiction - 243 pages
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The great Native American Novel of a battered veteran returning home to heal his mind and spirit
More than thirty-five years since its original publication, "Ceremony" remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature, a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing. Tayo, a World War II veteran of mixed ancestry, returns to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation. He is deeply scarred by his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese and further wounded by the rejection he encounters from his people. Only by immersing himself in the Indian past can he begin to regain the peace that was taken from him. Masterfully written, filled with the somber majesty of Pueblo myth, "Ceremony" is a work of enduring power. The Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition contains a new preface by the author and an introduction by Larry McMurtry.
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Beautifully written, and great imagery. - Goodreads
I am left a little confused with the ending. - Goodreads
A sad story told through a brave writer. - Goodreads
I found it very hard to follow the plot or story line. - Goodreads
The prose is magical. - Goodreads
It was so hard to read, but it was worth it. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kate - Goodreads

A story about a young caucasian/native american man, who returns from the Bataan Death March with PTSD. He winds up on the reservation, where his very existence brings shame to the family. As someone ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kesia Martin - Goodreads

A novel worth the read not by minds in the shallow parts. PTSD is even understood and lived through the main character's journey in his ceremony journey of this book. Read full review

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About the author (1977)

Leslie Marmon Silko was born in Albuquerque in 1948 of mixed Laguna Pueblo, Mexican, and white ancestry. She grew up on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation. Her other books include Almanac of the Dead, Storyteller, and Gardens in the Dunes. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Grant.
Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-eight novels, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lonesome Dove. His other works include two collections of essays, three memoirs, and more than thirty screenplays, including the coauthorship of Brokeback Mountain, for which he received the Academy Award.

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