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Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge
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Apr 09, 2009

really liked it
Read in December, 2009

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.
I would have given this book a higher rating, but I read it so fast I think it is one that will take a few days to fully digest. The conflict between the American way of life and how the Navaho lived during that time was interesting and extremely well-done in this book. The author is to be comended for such a good job. The end is sad, of course, but it is definitely a book well worth reading.
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