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Storyteller by Leslie Marmon Silko


by Leslie Marmon Silko

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really interesting and valuable mix of original text (short story, poetry, memoir/family stories) and photographs and the retelling of native american stories that have been passed down for ages. the folktales help illuminate silko's writing and vice versa. the passage that stood out to me above all others is a description of white people that was also in her book ceremony:

"Then they grow away from the earth/then they grow away from the sun/then they grow away from the plants and animals./They see no life/When they look/they see only objects./The world is a dead thing for them/the trees and rivers are not alive/the mountains and stones are not alive./The deer and bear are objects/they see no life./They fear/They fear the world./They destroy what they fear./They fear themselves." ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Jan 12, 2015 |
A cross-genre work combining conventions of fiction, poetry, song, memoir, and documentary, this cinematic journey explores Native American legend and life in the twentieth century. The style of the work changes to fit each exploration within the text, allowing Silko's work to be an exploration of Native American philosophy and celebration even as it forms itself to be the memoir of a family, of individuals, and of a time. For anyone interested in Native American literature or cross-genre works, I'd highly recommend this. For others, this is something unique and worthwhile--an engaging journey outside of the normal read. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Oct 3, 2010 |
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Storyteller blends original short stories and poetry influenced by the traditional oral tales that Leslie Marmon Silko heard growing up on the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico with autobiographical passages, folktales, family memories, and photographs. As she mixes traditional and Western literary genres, Silko examines themes of memory, alienation, power, and identity; communicates Native American notions regarding time, nature, and spirituality; and explores how stories and storytelling shape people and communities. Storyteller illustrates how one can frame collective cultural identity in contemporary literary forms, as well as illuminates the importance of myth, oral tradition, and ritual in Silko's own work.… (more)

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