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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Simply one of the most compelling, imaginative and beautifully written books I have ever read. I used this book with First Nations adult learners in Canada with great success. It's message of healing through courageous self-exploration and discovering empathy and understanding in the face of so many reasons to hate and destroy is, sadly, perhaps even more relevant and critical today than when the book was first published.