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Laughing Boy (1929)
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Capturing the essence of the Southwest in 1915, Oliver La Farge's Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel is an enduring American classic. At a ceremonial dance, the young, earnest silversmith Laughing Boy falls in love with Slim Girl, a beautiful but elusive "American"-educated Navajo. As they experience all of the joys and uncertainties of first love, the couple must face a changing way of life and its tragic consequences.
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Laughing boy knew nothing of the white man, grew up worshiping the Indian gods, following the old ways, mastering traditional skills, and exulting in the physical freedom and code of values that were his birthright. Slim Girl knew all too much about the white man. She had been turned by his schools and abuse into a person without a true culture, and converted by lust into a woman who dreamed of money and revenge. She saw Laughing boy as her only hope and her salvation. Oliver La Farge used his field experience as an anthropologist to authenticate his tales of Native Americans. The high regard the native people had for him is evidenced in that he helped draft the Hopi Indian constitution.
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