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Ceremony By Leslie Marmon Silko Ceremony 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

  • Title: Ceremony
  • Author: Leslie Marmon Silko
  • ISBN: 9780140086836
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ceremony By Leslie Marmon Silko 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 oTayo, 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 ceremony that defeats the most virulent of afflictions despair.
    Ceremony By Leslie Marmon Silko

    Ceremony Definition of Ceremony by Merriam Webster How to use ceremony in a sentence a formal act or series of acts prescribed by ritual, protocol, or convention a conventional act of politeness or etiquette See the full definition SINCE . Ceremony Definition of Ceremony at Dictionary Ceremony definition, the formal activities conducted on some solemn or important public or state occasion the coronation ceremony See . Ceremony definition of ceremony by The Free Dictionary Haarlem, having placed on exhibition its favourite, having advertised its love of flowers in general and of tulips in particular, at a period when the souls of men were filled with war and sedition, Haarlem, Ceremony

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    1. Zanna on said:

      There are some things I have to tell you, Betonie began softly The people nowadays have an idea about the ceremonies They think the ceremonies must be performed exactly as they have always been done, maybe because one slip up or mistake and the whole ceremony must be stopped and the sand painting destroyed That much is true They think that if a singer tampers with any part of the ritual, great harm can be done, great power unleashed He was quiet for a while, looking up at the sky through the smo [...]

    2. Whitney Atkinson on said:

      3.5 starsThis book was so gorgeous, I think I would have loved it had I not been speed reading skimming it for class I just missed so much and was so confused by it in the end, which is sad because it is a REALLY interesting and eye opening story about Native Americans, written by a Native American The criticism of colonialism and white men taking the natives land and just being so violent in the first place to start wars was really intriguing to read about from this perspective, and I think it [...]

    3. Christy on said:

      I will tell you something about stories he said They aren t just entertainment.Don t be fooled.They are all we have, you see,all we have to fight offillness and death.You don t have anything if you don t have the stories Leslie Marmon Silko s Ceremony opens with a defense of storytelling Storytelling is a way of making the world, a way of protecting self and culture Ceremony itself takes part in this process, telling the story of Tayo, a young Native American come home from WWII and severely tra [...]

    4. Nomy on said:

      when i think about this book i picture heart cells putting their feelers out for each other, mending back together into one whole muscle capable of expansion and love this book moved me a friend of mine recommended this when i was trying to read another book written by a white shaman and having a really hard time with it there is no comparison this is a book about a man whose body, spirit, gut and mind are heaving with loss, and the slow careful path to being alive again nothing about this book [...]

    5. Julie Christine on said:

      On the inside back flap of this edition of Ceremony, there is a series of praise quotes, including this from the New York Time Without question Leslie Marmon Silko is the most accomplished Native American writer of her generation On the back cover, Sherman Alexie writes, Ceremony is the greatest novel in Native American literature I get all tense with exasperation when I read these comments But then Sherman goes on to say what needs to be said about this novel It is one of the greatest novels of [...]

    6. J.G. Keely on said:

      Like the other Native pop novelists of the 60 s and 70 s, Silko s voice is competent when not distracted by over reaching, and like the others, she spins a story which is vague enough to please She also never really escapes the fact that her depiction of Native culture is thoroughly westernized.Her monomyth is tied up with enough Native American spirituality to make it feel new and mystical at least to outsiders it was even criticized for giving away cultural secrets It is somewhat telling that [...]

    7. Richard Derus on said:

      Book Circle Reads 168Rating 2 of fiveThe Publisher Says 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 [...]

    8. Sarah Anne on said:

      Tayo is a World War II veteran who suffers from what we would call PTSD His grandmother calls in a medicine man to heal him and thus begins Tayo s journey back to himself We spend a good portion of the book with Tayo s life before things start to improve for him so there s actually quite a bit of what he experiences that we must also experience, from his time in a mental institution to his first discussions with the medicine man, who I actually liked very much This portion of the book is quite c [...]

    9. Afro Madonna on said:

      But the effects were hidden, evident only in the sterility of their art, which continued to feed off the vitality of other cultures, and in the dissolution of their consciousness into dead objects the plastic and neon, the concrete and steel.Hollow and lifeless as a witchery clay figure And what little still remained to white people was shriveled like a seed hoarded too long, shrunken past its time, and split open now, to expose a fragile, pale leaf stem, perfectly formed and dead.3.5 stars I wo [...]

    10. Kevin Quinley on said:

      I read this highly esteemed text as part of an American Ethnic Lit course where I m quickly learning my professor and I possess divergent literary tastes To be sure, I m definitely of a minority opinion, Silko s interweaving of Indian folklore into a Westernized novel receives a near reverential treatment in the literary criticism I ve skimmed In the interest of full disclosure I will admit to a degree of standoffishness not sure whether thats a word but accurate in any sense from the text stemm [...]

    11. Jessika on said:

      What a beautiful book Ceremony tells the story of a young man, Tayo, who has returned home after WWII He goes through intensely physical and emotional feelings of alienation and estrangement because not only is he returning from a gruesome war, but he is also half white, half Native American and he longs to find a sense of identity for himself Silko details the emotional journey he takes not only to heal, but to find himself and to identify where he stands amongst his world His grieving is very [...]

    12. Lark Benobi on said:

      I m going to be thinking about this novel for a long time I don t understand its power I m not sure how it works The same actions and perceptions, throughout the novel, can be taken as signs of mental illness, or signs of mental clarity Time sequence is broken over and over again in the novel, and yet the movement of the story from beginning to end feels as propulsive and climactic as any linear story The language feels simple and declarative at first, until I realize that it s highly elevated, [...]

    13. Madeleine on said:

      This is a famous one so I m not going to bother with the plot summary thing Instead I m just going to rant about how great it is.Look, there are exceptions to what I am talking about here, but I m pretty cynical about white American authors writing American Indian Native American stories I m uncomfortable with the occupier telling the occupied s stories The colonizer gets to show their liberal progressive credentials by speaking about but very often it s really for or instead of the colonized, a [...]

    14. Sylvia on said:

      The superiority of white people the notion that this particular race towers over other races is merely a construction, so it is possible to deconstruct it This I learn smoothly from the suffering of Tayo, the main character, a native american, who despite having fought in a war for Uncle Sam side by side with other American citizens, didn t come home a hero but found himself shamefully marginalized just like the rest of his tribe Through a spiritual journey in a form of ceremonies he presented f [...]

    15. Grady McCallie on said:

      A part Native American veteran returns from World War II including a grueling period as a prisoner of war and confronts PTSD, American racism, and internalized racial self loathing That sounds incredibly downbeat, but two things make this a rewarding, hopeful read First, Silko s prose is beautiful, direct and vivid, with rich descriptions of light, landscape, and the tactile world Second, Silko does a couple really powerful things with the structure of her narrative Since the effect of her techn [...]

    16. Alex on said:

      This 1980 American Book Award winner pops up on Best Of lists, and it s gotten the Penguin Deluxe Classics treatment, but it s just okay for me It s the story of a Native American PTSD afflicted WWII veteran that s a lot of adjectives and it s told in an achronological style that s surprisingly easy to keep track of Interwoven are excerpts from Laguna myths, along with some original poetry, and those also work way better than you d think they would But there was an odd kind of corniness in there [...]

    17. gorecki on said:

      I stumbled across this book as a recommendation from Louise Erdrich on the blog of Birchbark Books, Erdrich s independent bookshop I was very excited about it and I couldn t wait to delve deeper into the world of Native American literature Leslie Marmon Silko is a storyteller in the true sense of the word she weaves multiple tales at the same time, all meeting, and crossing, and jumping from one to another Her prose reminded me of a mosaic or of a jigsaw puzzle, with its many pieces spread acros [...]

    18. Amanda on said:

      I didn t know what to really expect from this book, and as it continued I still didn t really know what to expect It was difficult to get through than I anticipated, since the first half of the book constantly switched narratives without any warning, and some events were left for you to infer But the second half was consistent and focused mostly on the main character, and went faster There were parts and lines I really enjoyed, but overall this just wasn t the book for me I think it would bene [...]

    19. Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook on said:

      My son Sasha had this as a read for school book Half way through it he recommended I read it as well I think I had already read it for my sociology class in College, but began reading it as well It is an assortment of loosely connected and colorful threads of thought that gather vivacity, perspective, and meaning as each strand is woven closer and closer to the others and becomes a flowing tapestry of meaning in this multilayered story of broken hearts, broken lives and broken spiritsOn one leve [...]

    20. Amélie on said:

      Tayo, fils d une m re Laguna d un p re blanc inconnu, revient de la Seconde Guerre mondiale avec un cousin mort, des r ves de jungle asiatique de soldats japonais, un mal tre impossible en gros, ce qu on appelle alors battle fatigue Son diagnostic, tout comme son identit , l isolent de sa communaut a s ajoutent les mis res r elles des Laguna des autres autochtones de sa r gion la s cheresse interminable, l alcoolisme la pauvret , la perte de rep res, les vieilles c r monies qui se gangr nent His [...]

    21. Andrew Bishop on said:

      I just read this last year and already I m going to have to revisit in soon This book is a manual for post apocalyptic healing It couldn t be necessary in a time when over 20% of the world s species are living ghosts, over 50% are facing extinction, global warming will threaten the human population in the hundreds of millions along coastlines and in areas that are increasingly desertifying.Much less, I would recommend this book to every gringo I know In my reading, I was presented with a story [...]

    22. James on said:

      Ceremony is one of those books that I can t believe people enjoy reading The author has the book structured in a very confusing manner Multiple different stories are jumbled together and they run on throughout the book For example, the first part of a story may start on page 110, but then stop the following page, only to be resumed on page 170 These stories are separated by an indentation, but the author almost a expects the reader to remember everything read I found myself having to search in t [...]

    23. Jessica on said:

      After the disappointment of reading House Made of Dawn, I wanted to read an excellent Native American novel and Ceremony turned out to live up to its reputation The story was powerful, the characters vivid, the description of the landscape beautiful and overall it was just a exceptional journey the reader shares with Tayo.

    24. Mindaugas on said:

      Melancholi kas pasakojimas apie ind nu gyvenima rezervate po II pasaulinio karo Alkoholizmas, nedarbas, pikti ir god s baltieji Ni rus, bet vertas skaitymo romanas.

    25. YangYi on said:

      I loved the smooth montage of time in this book It is so natural and instinctive, just like real life At least in my life, I perceive time in content based manner I cannot remember happenings based on their dates because they don t feel important This perception of time is characteristic of seeing time as memory It is different from seeing time as a linear progression of repetitive containers month contains 30 odd days, one day contains 24 hours, one hour contains 60 minutes I feel this way of l [...]

    26. Charles on said:

      Ceremony is a story of violence and violation of borders, the space between borders, and transitions it is a story of recovery and healing and it is a story that breaks down cultural forms, norms, and containers.It is the story of Tayo, a mixed blood veteran of World War II, as he struggles to realign himself in a healthy relationship with the rest of the world Tayo s experience of post traumatic stress disorder is skillfully evoked by Silko in passages in which the reader witnesses the fuzzy bl [...]

    27. Amber on said:

      I liked a lot of the themes explored in this book the power of storytelling, race relations, how war impacts a person, how one finds healing redemption, etc , but it was such a fucking slog to get through Despite discussing the above themes pretty well, the book was boring has hell Part of the problem was that Tayo never grew on me as a character I mean, Silko did a really great job describing his PTSD, his fucked up family situation his mother and passive aggressive aunt, namely , and how he fe [...]

    28. Eric Schmidt on said:

      Some days I feel like my real education begins when I shut down the statistical computing program for the day and sit down to read good fiction I ve read Ceremony before But I knew this year that I needed to read it again The book opens with a startling claim on the part of the hero s grandmother The only cure is a good ceremony Think about that The only cure That means that no matter what crosses we have to bear, or what evils or witchery have befallen us, we can only heal through narrative and [...]

    29. Saxon on said:

      The main crux of this novel revolves around the issue of identity The main character Tayo is back from WW2 where he lost his cousin who was always a family favorite As Tayo returns injured and sick, he finds himself at the center of different worlds closely associated with his identity native American culture, westernized society and the natural world However, Tayo does not feel entirely apart of any of them since he seems to be simultaneously accepted and rejected by these different worlds Here [...]

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