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The Man Made of Words [Paperback]

N.Scott Momaday

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15 Oct 1998
Exploring such themes as land, language, and identity, Momaday recalls the moving stories of his Kiowa grandfather and Kiowa ancestors, recollects a boyhood spent partly at Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico, and ponders the circumstances of history and Indian-White relations as we inherit them today. Collecting thirty-two essays and articles, The Man Made of Words attempts to fashion a definition of American literature as we have not interpreted it before and explores a greater understanding of the relationship between humankind and the physical world we inhabit.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; 1st St. Martin's Griffin Ed edition (15 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312187424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312187422
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,592,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The dean of American Indian writers . . . Mr. Momaday constructs beautifully cadenced sentences and summons a colorful assortment of stories and states of mind from a lively imagination."--"The New York Times Book Review""Momaday is a kind of arrowmaker himself--savvy, agile with language, and ready to slay, in a heartbeat, the predator outside."--"The Nation""There is . . . an unmistakable greatness here . . . Momaday's qualification to speak on the restorative power of words follows from his position as an outsider who uses language to negotiate a way between two worlds . . . Momaday may write for himself and his people . . . but he speaks to us all."--"Atlanta Journal Constitution""The Man Made of Words is Momaday in a nutshell, essential Momaday . . . Throughout [he] sounds his grand theme: the sacred--an Indian sacred and what it is."--"Buffalo News""A preeminent voice on Native American literature . . . few authors write as gracefully or majestically as Momaday."--"Publishers Weekly"

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N. Scott Momaday is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the Academy of American Poets Prize, and the Premio Letterario Internazionale "Mondello," Italy's highest literary award. Momaday is a writer, poet, and playwright whose books include "The Man Made of Words, House Made of Dawn," and "In the Presence of the Sun." He lives in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.

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5.0 out of 5 stars N. Scott Momaday: A Master of Time, History, and Language 13 Nov 1998
By rnathanw@mindspring.com or Nathan Williams - Published on Amazon.com
N. Scott Momaday is the most intelligent, thought-provoking, and beautiful writer of this century. I went to a reading at Emory University in Atlanta, GA a few weeks before this book was published throughout the country. The book mixes the beauty of language with the complexity of the human experience with the spirit of the Bear-- breathing heavily, seductively down the neck of the reader. This book, novel, essay collection: is essential for anyone who understands or who longs to understand the living, breathing entity that is language-- and that language which constitutes our own nature and being.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, engaging, and accessable 7 Sep 2013
By Michael D Reese - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a student of rhetoric, especially Native American rhetoric, this has to be in your library. If you want to understand the cultural perspective of Native American peoples - specifically Kiowa - this book will guide you to that understanding. The real wonder of this book, is that you don't need to have any reason to open this book. Momaday's style is conversational and inviting. He weaves stories, insights, and the history of his people through a series of essays that lead you gently on a journey of discovery and self-discovery. He does not ever demand that you think - he simply offers things for you to think about. He does not ask you to contemplate how the things you are reading are changing your perception of yourself and the world around you - he simply tells you how these things have changed him. The essay form allows you the freedom to skip around in the book and shape the journey to your whims or to chance. The journey is worth taking and Momaday is the perfect guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 19 Feb 2013
By Deborah Cannon - Published on Amazon.com
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this book is for native and non-native alike. The knowledge and truths momaday makes perfectly understandable. one becomes very enlightened historically ,in a social science way and obviously spiritually. What a joy knowing that the 'native' way can be explained so that a non native can truly grasp the information. Thank you n.scott momaday!
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5.0 out of 5 stars pinerock 14 May 2011
By Patricia J. Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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n. scott momaday is a gift to us! if you are in touch with nature and appreciate the power of native american literary/oral tradition ALL his many books are worth the read. AND if you are able to hear his voice reading his poetry you will never, never forget the moment. his words sing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Book 3 Jun 2014
By Susan L. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not an easy read, but it is very interesting. I've been wanting to gain insight into the way Native Americans think and view life, and this book is an excellent way to gain that insight. This is a book I will most likely read again, just to absorb more understanding of Native American thinking.
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