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Pages: 193

Language: English

Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (5 Jun. 2004)

By: Oliver La Farge(Author)

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Capturing the essence of the Southwest in 1915, Oliver La Farge's Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel is an enduring American classic. At a ceremonial dance, the young, earnest silversmith Laughing Boy falls in love with Slim Girl, a beautiful but elusive "American"-educated Navajo. As they experience all of the joys and uncertainties of first love, the couple must face a changing way of life and its tragic consequences.

"A romance of haunting and poetic beauty...compelling in its strength and simplicity."


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  • By Peter King on 3 January 2016

    This is a truly wonderful book combining both tragic romance and an authentic window into the traditional Navajo universe. It seems to be generally accepted by everyone with knowledge of these matters that it is an accurate portrayal of both the Navajo landscape and the Navajo internal world. However, it is much more than just an anthropological document in that the story soars in the intensity of the relationship between Laughing Boy and Slim Girl as they find nourishment and meaning in Navajo mythic reality.The book was first published in 1929 when the author was just 27 years old. He had spent several years as an anthropologist among the Navajo and spoke Navajo. The book is set in about 1914, little more than fifty years after the 1868 Treaty and sixty after the enforced 300 mile Long Walk into internment. The main character, Laughing Boy, has had minimal contact with American culture until he meets Slim Girl and moves away from the Navajo heartland to live on the edge of a small town. The book documents the clash/dance between the traditional Navajo way of life and the insidious influence of the ever-encroaching American. Slim Girl is a victim of the government’s program of education and assimilation, having been taken away as a child to a federal government boarding school, and is desperate to find her way back, but on her own terms.I really enjoyed this book.

  • By BAC on 17 July 2007

    This is a wonderful book for anybody who is interested in Native American culture, but also for anyone who cares about how ancient societies have been trampled by more modern ones. Laughing Boy himself is a great character, but it is Slim Girl, bruised and cynical from her life among the whites, who lingers in the memory.

  • By Mrs R Wren on 30 April 2015

    I first read this book about 46 years ago and it stuck in my memory - I was so pleased to find it again on Amazon and it lived up to my memories - everyone should read it!

  • By Graeme Simpson on 18 February 2013

    Fabulous insight into early 20th century Indian life in Arizona. Captures the essence of the country and the culture in a gripping story.

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