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“I thought I was going to like this book but I really didn't enjoy it very much. I don't know if it was because I had to read it for a class and do a lot of analyzing but I often felt like I had absolutely no idea what was going on. I feel like I could have liked it if I didn't have to think so...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Ceremony - the title gives you an immense sense of elegance. However, once you get into the novel, you realize it is anything but. "Ceremony" is the story of a man finding himself - a mess process in any case and certainly not usually described as "elegant". But even though the process is messy, the results are beautiful, like a butterfly emerging from cocoon. In the end, the reader sees Tayos emergence as a beautiful "butterfly", a human with a better understanding of himself and of his culture and the world around him.
I had to read this novel for my AP English class senior year in high school, and I will be the first to say that going in I was not excited to read this. My teacher had previously assigned some, shall we say, ODD novels, but this one surprised me - I actually enjoyed it! Now dont get me wrong, it DID take me a while to get into this novel - it is insanely wordy and very slow. However, once I really got into it, I vastly enjoyed the novel. I felt almost like I was going on the journey with Tayo and could feel my spirit being healed with his. One of the reasons that I connected so well with this novel was that I connected with it on a personal level. Every year I travel to an native american reservation in Washington and am part native american myself. Even if you dont have these connections though it is still a wonderful novel.
Reccomended for anyone who enjoys native american literature, spiritual novels and those interested in the interactions of cultures or just cultures in general”
“SOOOOOO hard to get through. It has never taken me THIS Long to read a 240 page book before, but by the end of the novel I started to appreciate the story and the structure of it a little more....A LITTLE. I still would have much rather spent my time reading something else and am not looking forward to starting the essay I have to write about this book withing the next couple days.....”Sami :D wrote this review Sunday, April 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mr. Chase: Fantastic story of a young man struggling with the after-effects of his experiences in WWII and with his identity as a Native American. Fascinating reflections on life in the modern world as well as compelling ideas about how traditional Native American ideas and beliefs can help us to better understand ourselves and our world.”ASFG Summer Read wrote this review Wednesday, February 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought I was going to like this book but I really didn't enjoy it very much. I don't know if it was because I had to read it for a class and do a lot of analyzing but I often felt like I had absolutely no idea what was going on. I feel like I could have liked it if I didn't have to think so hard about it and take quizzes and write papers on it, because the concepts were interesting.”Arianne Padilla wrote this review Wednesday, October 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Leslie Silko’s Ceremony is a beautifully written story of a young Native American boy who became a prisoner of war during World War II. It is such a captivating story because it weaves narrative and poetry to tell Tayo’s story. The novel is also a great way to introduce students to the various conflicts: person v. self, person v. society and person v. nature. With whom does Tayo struggle the most? Students may also ask whether or not every conflict has a winner. Apart from plot, students will construct a binary between stereotypes of Native Americans and Tayo’s characterization. ”makiab wrote this review Friday, September 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I picked this up hoping to teach it (and I still may). I found the basic story very interesting and enjoyed the incorporation of Indian lore. I did not enjoy the intentionally vague narrative and the descriptions that seemed very much pulled from Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River" stories. I would not have finished it (maybe just a skim) if it was read solely for pleasure. ”Brian S wrote this review Monday, August 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“confusing at times because it skips around in time, but an amazing story.”Alexa G wrote this review Thursday, May 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The beginning of the novel blew me away. All the different strands are masterfully interwoven and sopping with emotion. From the middle of the novel, however, the storyline gets too internalized and diffused in the lengthy descriptions of nature. The ending brings life back to it, and wraps the story nicely. It was a strange reading experience - a combination of breathless enjoyment and exhaustion. ”Janko A wrote this review Sunday, April 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A complex book with multiple strands of narrative and technique which left me somewhat puzzled after the first reading. Having now read some critical material on it, I have a better insight into what Leslie Silko is doing and I am keen to read it again with a more attentive eye. The story and characters are engaging and the life of the post-WWII native American veteran is well described. ”Kim wrote this review Tuesday, February 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No