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Gardens in the Dunes por Leslie Marmon Silko
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Gardens in the Dunes (original 1999; edição 1999)

por Leslie Marmon Silko (Autor)

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When Leslie Silko's Almanac of the Dead was published, The New York Times called it a passionate indictment...that burns at an apocalyptic pitch. The flame burns even brighter with Gardens in the Dunes -- a magical combination of childhood idyll and bitter reality eloquently depicts the jungles of Brazil, and the great cities of the East. A child of an ancient Indian tribe, Indigo is orphaned when soldiers raid and destroy her town. She is adopted by an American family, but the white education forced upon her clashes with the centuries-old wisdom of her people. Her new family expects her to abandon the deep, instinctive knowledge that has become a part of her soul. But Indigo cannot forget her past -- and she will change all their lives before finally returning to her own. A masterful work of literature evoking the writing of Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, this brilliantly imagined novel penetrates the conflict between Native Americans and the American culture in which they are obliged to live.… (mais)
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Título:Gardens in the Dunes
Autores:Leslie Marmon Silko (Autor)
Informação:Simon & Schuster (1999), Edition: First Edition, 480 pages
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Complex book about two Native girls who are raised by their grandmother until discovered by the white authorities, and moved across the country to be educated. The older girl is left at the station, as she was considered to old for an education. The younger runs away from school, and hides in the gardens of a young married couple. The man is a horticulturist, and is commissioned to bring back rare plants. The young girl travels with the couple, always hoping to return to her family. Interesting insight into contrasting cultures. ( )
  Pmaurer | Sep 1, 2015 |
I've been more and more interested in Native American spritual beliefs & traditions as I've read more and more of Vine Deloria's Spirit & Reason (a book I read intermittently—I've been reading it for years and have never finished). I don't like to be essentialist, or to act as though an entire continent full of people all held the same beliefs until the white man came and destroyed their unanimous culture or anything like that. But there are currents running through many Native American cultures, and I've been finding something there that I connect with.

Anyway, back to this book. Yes, it was really good overall. But like all epics, it got a bit long-winded and/or dry in parts. The descriptions of garden after garden after garden as they made the trek from New England to Bath to Italy, especially—I wasn't sure I was going to make it through all that. I happened to stop in the middle of that section to read a couple of other books for an online discussion, and then I had a really difficult time getting back into this book. I'm glad I stuck it out, though, because it did get very interesting again.

As a side note, this is the book that got me back into fiction. For about a year and a half before starting this, I was finding that I couldn't finish any work of fiction. I tried funny books (A Confederacy of Dunces), short books (House Made of Dawn), even short stories (Eudora Welty, and others), but I couldn't finish any of it. It was all non-fiction, all the time. Then my wife suggested this book; I have no idea why, I mean it's so long. But she was right, and it got me back into fiction. So, props for that. ( )
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When Leslie Silko's Almanac of the Dead was published, The New York Times called it a passionate indictment...that burns at an apocalyptic pitch. The flame burns even brighter with Gardens in the Dunes -- a magical combination of childhood idyll and bitter reality eloquently depicts the jungles of Brazil, and the great cities of the East. A child of an ancient Indian tribe, Indigo is orphaned when soldiers raid and destroy her town. She is adopted by an American family, but the white education forced upon her clashes with the centuries-old wisdom of her people. Her new family expects her to abandon the deep, instinctive knowledge that has become a part of her soul. But Indigo cannot forget her past -- and she will change all their lives before finally returning to her own. A masterful work of literature evoking the writing of Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, this brilliantly imagined novel penetrates the conflict between Native Americans and the American culture in which they are obliged to live.

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