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I Heard the Owl Call My Name

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2003

    Read this!!

    I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven is a novel that shows us the changing of our times and the long path to figuring out where we belong. In it, a young vicar named Mark Brian is moved to a Native American village of the Kwakwala tribe from the city. This tribe is witnessing changes, as the young move towards a more modern life and away from the past traditions, while the old are trying to keep their heritage alive. As Mark arrives, he realizes that he is not particularly wanted there. Although the Indians are polite, there is something that tells him that he is a distant stranger. As he gets to know them by living with them, he realizes that it is people like him that are changing the tribe. The tension created by this situation puts a strain on Mark emotionally. He feels ashamed that ¿his people¿ would do something so cold to this peaceful and beautiful tribe. He tries to voice this to one of the Indians who went to school with the white man, Jim. All that Jim can say is that the way they are acting comes from experience. Mark immediately understands and drops the subject, although the question still lingers in his mind. The novel continues like this, written in very expressive sentences. Craven shows the mood of the camp by lengthening or shortening the sentences. The words that she chooses also allow for the mood to be shown. Her writing style of allowing us to see deeply into what Mark is thinking at the exact moment he thinks it is very rare and unusual. Another rarity of the novel is the subject. There are few novels with this type of recognition about the way the Native American culture has changed and what a painful journey it was, is, and forever will be for the heritage of so many. I feel that it is an extremely important subject to cover, especially since it is hard to see the Native American tribes in their own culture with hardly any influence from the modern world. Although the United States is a mix of many different cultures, each one having to bend and change to fit the lives of the younger generation, not one of them was as painful as the Native Americans¿. To be forced to leave your homeland because people from other countries are coming while being called `savages¿ and `beasts¿ is an excruciating journey that should be reflected on more often. I feel that this novel does that very well and for this, deserves the honors that it has received. I Heard the Owl Call My Name is not only a book about Native Americans and what journeys they have been through as a people, but in a way it shows us a little more about ourselves and how we may perceive our past.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    Beautiful Writing

    Beautiful imagery is everywhere within this book. The writing was moving and the characters engaging. Very poignant quiet piece. Possible ott on the concept of the "noble savage", though I thought there was a balance of humanizing and understanding the limits of the culture and lifestyle. Great read over all and really a wonderful book to just enjoy the journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2008

    very memorable

    At first, I thought I'd hate this book. But, as I was reading it, I found the characters to be very interesting, and the plot sadly true. I like the way it subtly suggests what's happening, and what will continue to happen, to mankind. Although it may be a little confusing and somewhat slow in some parts, you won't regret reading it. It's a story you won't want to miss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2001

    GREAT

    I had to read this book for school and thought that i'd hate it but i was wrong. it's a great story and anyone who reads for enjoyment will love it!

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