Ceremony: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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Ceremony 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Sebastian Williams More than 1 year ago
I discovered this book though an assignment for my ENG 355 class and at first was not sure what to think. Nearly immediately after I began reading I knew I would like this book. It is beautifully written and the reader can tell that Leslie Silko is certainly no amateur writer. The story is astonishing and eye-opening, and certainly goes well with the poetic prose. It's a beautiful novel, and I recommend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
A somber sort of psychological disconnection peppers this story of a Mexican/Native American war veteran. Grasping for meaning in his life, and dealing with scars from his combat. Tayo gathers himself to his ancesters through the pulling forces of the stories, poems, potions and incantations used by Native American tribes such as the Lagunas, in their daily lives. What seem to be digressions in the plot, actually serve quite seamlessly to mimic the mind of the protagonist and devalue the legitimacy of the European imperialists and immigrants who came to 'own' Native American land. The book contains gripping descriptions of the west, and brutal stories of war veterans, and fascinating Native American rituals, including their definition and explication within the lives of the people, whose very ceremonies are fading away through neglect and intermarrying. As a writer, the narrative is a masterwork of flashback, foreshadowing and cross-genre (poetry) of the skill and authenticity of which I've never seen and I learned inkwells full of style and verbal alacrity from this piece. Silko's research in Christianity is weak, describing it through Tayo, without an understanding of it. It would have been interesting to see some kind of comparison between Native American religion and Christianity, if researched properly, as it could add interesting conflicts and depth. All in all this is a master work of American literature, and a must read for a modern fiction writer or one curious about Native Americans, or any person who wants to read the best of the best in literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She jumped up the tree and stoid in the wooden platform of an old tree house floor. "We are gathered today to make apprentices. These cats will be Rainbowclans first." She nodded to Briarkit. "Briarpaw, I give you your aprentice name. You will be mentored by Ginger. May she pass on her fighting skills and teach you all she knows." She turned to Larkkit. "Larkpaw, I givr you your apprentice name. Your mentor will be Blaze. May he teach you the warrior code well and pass his skills onto you." She looked at Atmoskit. "Atmospaw, I give you your warrior name. I myself will mentor you because you are new to our clan." She looked down at the new apprentices. "I hope you train hard to learn everything you can and become warriors our clan can be proud of." She nodded and jumped down then went back to camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So. Here's the stuff in the ceremony. <p> Just give them any active warrior as a mentor. <br> Firekit--apprentice <br> Dapplekit--apprentice <br> Moonkit--medcat apprentice to Lapis <br> Ashenkit--apprentice <p> Bearpaw--Bearheart <br> Coalpaw--Coal -spark, -ember, -gem, -frost, -flame ~ choose any suffix, he's your kit. <br> Snowpaw--Snowdrop, a medicine cat, will also help mentor Moonkit <p> I feel like I'm missing some. I'm going to go check. Any updates will be posted at res 2. Thanks again!
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MWgal More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written. Poetic. Sad. Graphic. But, never angry. Art in its purest form.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life and history from the Native American view- compelling.
slartibartfast-lh More than 1 year ago
This book is not boring or confusing if as a reader you do not take it in as the literal linear storyline, but accept events as they are told to you! I loved this book and am surprised and a bit upset that people cannot get past the events and storyline being a web rather than an arc. Honestly! This book is so beautifully written.
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PsoupPC More than 1 year ago
Great book she details the life of wwII native americans and the torment that transpired after the war. It's a book that starts slow and gets fast and it teaches what life on the reservation was like as well as their culture.
SMc52 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Silko captures the essence of the struggle faced by American Indians, and I have given this book as a gift and recommend it to everyone who is a reader, and even those who don't read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This can be a difficult to read as it is written in stream of consciousness format, but it parallels the quest of a young man, Tayo, and the history of the Laguna people. (They are Pueblo Indians located in New Mexico). The story takes place just after WWII when Tayo returns from Japan, he's lost the two people he's closest to: Rocky, his best friend, and Josiah, his father. Tayo has problems remembering things and is on a quest to remember his past, just as the Laguna people must also remember their past, and each must do this through traditional ceremonies that they must learn to adapt to the new ways of the world because of the presence of wickedness which threatens their traditional ways. For anyone who can appreciate stream of consciousness writing, and also has an appreciation for the Native American culture and history, this is an incredible, beautiful book.