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Runner in the Sun

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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  4 reviews
First published in 1954 and long out of print, this novel of pre-Hispanic Indian life in the Southwest combines the authenticity of an anthropological report with the suspense of a mystery novel. The author, best known as an anthropologist during his lifetime, is now recognized as a major Native American novelist. Hitherto virtually unknown, Runner in the Sun is sure to ta ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published August 1st 1987 by University of New Mexico Press
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Mark Valentine
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Published in 1954, it is misguided to pass over this novel as young adult. Yes, it has classic elements of narrative and traditional fictional structures, but the story itself is a subversive weapon in the McCarthy era, stabbing those who strive to exclude based on animosities and fear.

It also has a beautiful mythic quest in the challenge that Salt, the runner, must accomplish; it clearly accounts for the maturation of the runner, who at first resists being demoted from young man to childhood (
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. An engaging story told in language reminiscent of oral tradition. Salt is a young man, just come of age, who becomes embroiled in a treacherous plot among his people. Eventually he must leave his village on a quest to save his people from drought and from themselves. The setting in the American southwest is brought to life through this story, but the story itself lacks subtlety.
Don Flynn
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
A simple but effective tale of Native America before the European invasion. I felt like I was getting a true glimpse into the life and culture of Pueblo natives, with the depiction of the joy and hardship they found in nature, as well as the capacity for deceit (and ultimately redemption) amongst their own kind.
This story runs deep.

"We have stored up peace in our hearts, something you have forgotten ... Those who remember this and live accordingly will never be destroyed ... We will survive ..."
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