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Riassunto: A collection of stories about contemporary tribal life.
Review: Recipient of two literary prizes (the Virginia McCormick Scully Award and the 1985 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation) The Sun Is Not Merciful is Pawnee/ Otoe writer Anna Lee Walter's first collection of short fiction. In each of these eight stories contemporary American Indians are constrained or distorted by the force field of Anglo culture, and in each story, Native values endure and transcend. Living entirely alone or as solitary couples (husband/ wife, grandmother/ granddaughter, sister/sister, mother/ daughter) characters move doggedly toward their individual visions of beauty and harmony. An old uncle, degenerated into alcholism and vagrancy, entrusts his vision of beauty to his neices, who are able to carry on. An epileptic pariah and his loving housemaid-turned-wife cultivate a nurturing silence until death interrupts; dogs agitated at graveside save the accidentally buried old man so that he can instruct: "There is no death. There is only a change of worlds." A mother, unable to save her daughter from the advances of an Anglo child molester, retreats with her child into solitude and denial, the only mechanisms cffective against the White Man. For all their geographical isolation the characters are part of a powerful tribal matrix, and acquire their punishments and rewards from it. Anglo religion, multidenominational and hierarchical, is powerless to save Lena's granddaughter from the devil, but tribal unity and belief protect the girl. Sonny breaks Anglo law and tribal law but only tribal law has real meaning; it has the power not only to punish but to forgive. And two old women, poaching fish on their family's land turned now into a recreation/ hydroelectric project, break Anglo law in order to keep their own. Epitomizing nonviolent resistance, they are quite aware that the white park ranger has none of the power he thinks he has to punish or forgive. Presumably, neither does any AngJo. Although this collection offers characters, plots, scenes, and image patterns consistent with European narrative tradition, it holds back on the urge to make the White Man understand the Indian at any cost. It permits a view, but no particular entry. Free of polemics, it finally dazzles by aloof austerity. "Don't fight the sun," says one old man. "It's going to whip you down if you fight it. Let it be. " -- From Independent Publisher
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Descrizione libro Firebrand Books, 1985. Condizione libro: Very Good. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Codice libro della libreria GRP96194366
Descrizione libro Firebrand Books. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Codice libro della libreria 2778541481
Descrizione libro Firebrand Books, 1985. Condizione libro: Very Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Codice libro della libreria GRP92704931