38th out of 47 books — 19 voters
Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit
Bold and impassioned, sharp and defiant, Leslie Marmon Silko's essays evoke the spirit and voice of Native Americans. Whether she is exploring the vital importance literature and language play in Native American heritage, illuminating the inseparability of the land and the Native American people, enlivening the ways and wisdom of the old-time people, or exploding in outrag...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 18th 1997 by Simon & Schuster
(first published 1993)
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Leslie Silko is a master of conveying mood. Her short story, even though at first I didn't quite understand the significance or catch many of the details, effortlessly conveyed the feeling of the story- the mysticism, the feeling of entrapment, the interplay of modernity and tradition. The essays that followed did a great job of explaining (I have to confess that I didn't read them as carefully due to the excessive number of references to Silko's other works which I haven't read) but they really...more
Overall, this book was insightful about the Native American view of life. For example, Silko went into detail of how Native Americans view time in a circular pattern. I had read about this concept before - but Silko draws it out clearly. My only critique of this book is that some sections are repeated. I understand it's a compilation of essays - but it should have been condensed at the publication level. It will save the trees of this beautiful land which is a part of all of us!
The short essays in this book discuss Native American culture today, as well as polotics, writing, and art. A common theme throughout the book is the Laguna Pueblo tribe of New Mexico. I found the writing to be powerful, honest, and beautiful (as others have already described it). I will definitely be reading more books by this author.
This is a book of essays in which Marmon Silko speaks explicitly of Pueblo cultures, of which she is a member. She discusses being mixed race and paler than the other children growing up, the role of storytelling in the culture, how environmental change has changed the people, colonization, spirituality, the work of writers and artists, and much more. This is essential reading.
Leslie Marmon Silko (born Leslie Marmon on March 5, 1948 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is a Native American writer of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, and one of the key figures in the second wave of what Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renaissance. She received the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant in 1981.More about Leslie Marmon Silko...