Thirty 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... show more
Thirty 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.
Publish date: December 26th 2006
Pages no: 244
Edition language: English
, Read For School
, Historical Fiction
On one hand, Ceremony is a well-told tale and an intriguing story. It is the kind of story that hasn't been told enough and so needs to exist. On the other, Ceremony is a cerebral read that feels slightly inauthentic and is arranged in a jarring manner (flashbacks galore) that makes the story diffic...
I wish I had read this when it was assigned for a class almost 20 years ago. But then, again, I might not have understood it then. Ceremony is the story of Tayo, a Laguna Pueblo man who has returned from service in WW2 with "battle fatigue," or what we would call today PTSD. He has survived the ...
Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko, is hugely confusing but full of wisdom for readers who can slow down long enough to absorb it—which means that I probably missed a lot of what this book had to tell me. I have a feeling, though, that one reading, even for slower readers, is not enough for this tale ...
*2.5*I had to read this for school, so I was not very excited to read it. I enjoyed the beginning, but I felt like it got really boring throughout the middle and end. I liked the characters, and the messages and themes were powerful, but I just could not get into it.