Ceremony

  • by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Narrated by Pete Bradbury
  • 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Leslie Marmon Silko's sublime Ceremony is almost universally considered one of the finest novels ever written by an American Indian. It is the poetic, dreamlike tale of Tayo, a mixed-blood Laguna Pueblo and veteran of World War II. Tormented by shell shock and haunted by memories of his cousin who died in the war, Tayo struggles on his impoverished reservation. After turning to alcohol to ease his pain, he strives for a better understanding of who he is.

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Worth a re-read

I had a difficult time with this book at first because there is no transition when moving from character to character or past to present. I became frustrated and wanted to write it off, but I didn't and I am glad. I realized that this book is different than the average novel of today because it emulates the ancient storytelling traditions of the native american culture while having to manipulate them into the literary standards of today. Since these cultures are as different as they are, this can be a difficult task, so I opened my mind and listened again and what I got from the story is a connection to the pulse of life around me - something I never felt when reading King, Koontz, or Grisham.
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- Mariah

Good reader and not a good fit

Would you consider the audio edition of Ceremony to be better than the print version?

I don't know as I did not read it.


Has Ceremony turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes the voice is not authentic in that it is written by a non Indian about Native Americans. AS I listened this occurred to me in the seemly romanticized story I heard. I don't think someone from another culture could write something that sounds different. Maybe he should stick to writing about his own and let natives write their own.


What about Pete Bradbury’s performance did you like?

I think the reader did a great job.


Who was the most memorable character of Ceremony and why?

Well the veteran part sounded real and I like that it reveled what so many go through.


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- Carmen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books