Almanac of the Dead Paperback – 1 Jan 1992
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About the Author
Leslie Marmon Silko was born in 1948 to a family whose ancestry includes Mexican, Laguna Indian, and European forebears. She has said that her writing has at its core the attempt to identify what it is to be a half-breed or mixed-blood person. As she grew up on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation, she learned the stories and culture of the Laguna people from her great-grandmother and other female relatives. After receiving her B. A. in English at the University of New Mexico, she enrolled in the University of New Mexico law school but completed only three semesters before deciding that writing and storytelling, not law, were the means by which she could best promote justice. She married John Silko in 1970. Prior to the writing of "Ceremony," she published a series of short stories, including The Man to Send Rain Clouds. She also authored a volume of poetry, "Laguna Woman: Poems," for which she received the Pushcart Prize for Poetry.
In 1973, Silko moved to Ketchikan, Alaska, where she wrote "Ceremony." Initially conceived as a comic story abut a mother s attempts to keep her son, a war veteran, away from alcohol, "Ceremony" gradually transformed into an intricate meditation on mental disturbance, despair, and the power of stories and traditional culture as the keys to self-awareness and, eventually, emotional healing. Having battled depression herself while composing her novel, Silko was later to call her book a ceremony for staying sane. Silko has followed the critical success of "Ceremony" with a series of other novels, including "Storyteller, Almanac for the Dead," and "Gardens in the Dunes." Nevertheless, it was the singular achievement of "Ceremony" that first secured her a place among the first rank of Native American novelists. Leslie Marmon Silko now lives on a ranch near Tucson, Arizona.
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Top Customer Reviews
Certainly worth reading, Almanac of the Dead is at its best comic and entertaining, with some well-developed and unique characters. The best are Roy Rambo, the chief of the Army of the Homeless in Tucson, whose identifying mark is his crisp, dry-cleaned green beret; La Escapia and the Police Chief in Mexico are also powerfully developed and involved in some of the more interesting scenes in the novel.
Others are disappointing: Beaufrey and Serlo, for example, both misogynist dealers in pornography, snuff films, and white supremacy, are developed into the ground. Silko repeatedly tells us what we can figure out on our own: Beaufrey and Serlo hate women, and they are racists. This tendency to tell rather than show happens repeatedly in the novel and causes it to sag.
Many readers will find the violence and sex in the novel not just gratuitous, but downright sickening. Infanticide, bestiality, torture, cannibalism, autopsies, illegal organ harvesting--it's all here, often described in minute, clinical detail. Although one could argue that Silko is making a critique of the cultures that produce these deviants, clearly her representations of perversions and death are excessive.
Readers looking for insights into problems plaguing contemporary Native Americans found in Ceremony will not like Almanac at all. It goes on and on and on, ending with the reader wondering what it all means.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this from the library, since Ceremony was such a good and dense book. I tried to like this book from start to finish (2 months later), but I can't help but think the author... Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 1999
then again- how often do you get to read about airliners being brought down with static electricity shot from a rabbit's paw? Read morePublished on 21 July 1998
Through a wonderfully complex narrative, Silko attacks the capitalist foundation of contemorary western society. Read morePublished on 11 July 1998
In a stunning subversion of the concept of "americaness", Leslie Marmon Silko has drawn together the disparate histories of a world that streches for the end of Argentina... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 1997