The Surrounded

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UNM Press, 1978 - Fiction - 297 pages

As The Surrounded opens, Archilde León has just returned from the big city to his father's ranch on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. The story that unfolds captures the intense and varied conflict that already characterized reservation life in 1936, when this remarkable novel was first published.

Educated at a federal Indian boarding school, Archilde is torn not only between white and Indian cultures but also between love for his Spanish father and his Indian mother, who in her old age is rejecting white culture and religion to return to the ways of her people. Archilde's young contemporaries, meanwhile, are succumbing to the destructive influence of reservation life, growing increasingly uprooted, dissolute, and hopeless. Although Archilde plans to leave the reservation after a brief visit, his entanglements delay his departure until he faces destruction by the white man's law.

In an early review of The Surrounded, Oliver La Farge praised it as "simple, clear, direct, devoid of affectations, and fast-moving." He included it in his "small list of creditable modern novels using the first Americans as theme." Several decades later, long out of print but not forgotten, The Surrounded is still considered one of the best works of fiction by or about Native Americans.

 

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User Review  - rocketjk - LibraryThing

First published in 1936, this compelling novel describes life on the Salish (Flathead) Indian Reservation in Montana during the 1920s. Archilde Leon, whose mother is Indian and father is Spanish, has ... Read full review

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User Review  - juniperSun - LibraryThing

This writing style was stiff and old-fashioned, to be expected from a 1936 original publishing date, but it made the reading somewhat tedious. Despite that, the subject matter makes it an important ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
23
Section 4
35
Section 5
46
Section 6
60
Section 7
76
Section 8
84
Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
177
Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
256
Section 29
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Section 30
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