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The Turquoise Ledge by Leslie Marmon Silko
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Jun 10, 2011

The Turquoise Ledge by Leslie Marmon Silko is a wonderfully written memoir about Silko's life growing up as a Native American and what it means to not only be apart of a family, but something far more illustrious. Silko describes in vivid detail her midwest surroundings and invites you to the intoxicating culture of her heritage-- it is sacred and refreshing as you read about the earth and it's natural wonders. Her symbolism personifies things with such handle that it makes you appreciate the writing style. Silko's perception of things resonates from people from her past and will carry onto generations ahead. The earth is far more complex and extravagant then we think-- her use of tone and sensory details about rattlesnakes, the sun, moon, canyons, mountains, dogs and birds are commemorated and applauded.
Silko's novel is definitely one to take notice of-- her memoir exults more than just a story of her life, but a look into something magical. Her prose style of writing doesnt even make it feel like you are reading a memoir, but instead a creative story about Native Americans. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading deeply and cherishes details as this book is not fast pace. It is beautifully written and light hearted.

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