Cover of: Ceremony | Leslie Silko

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"This story, set on an Indian reservation just after World War II, concerns the return home of a war-weary Navaho young man. Tayo, a young Native American, has been a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, and the horrors of captivity have almost eroded his will to survive. His return to the Laguna Pueblo reservation only increases his feeling of estrangement and alienation. While other returning soldiers find easy refuge in alcohol and senseless violence, Tayo searches for another kind of comfort and resolution. Tayo's quest leads him back to the Indian past and its traditions, to beliefs about witchcraft and evil, and to the ancient stories of his people. The search itself becomes a ritual, a curative ceremny that defeats the most virulent of afflictions-despair. "Demanding but confident and beautifully written" (Boston Globe), this is the story of a young Native American returning to his reservation after surviving the horrors of captivity as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II. Drawn to his Indian past and its traditions, his search for comfort and resolution becomes a ritual--a curative ceremony that defeats his despair."--From source other than the Library of Congress

Edition Notes

Originally published: New York : Viking Press, 1977.

Series
Contemporary American fiction

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.54
Library of Congress
PS3569.I44 C4 1986

The Physical Object

Pagination
262 p. ;
Number of pages
262

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL2538273M
Internet Archive
ceremony00silkrich
ISBN 10
0140086838
LC Control Number
85019216
Library Thing
32349
Goodreads
588234

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