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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,946 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leslie Marmon Silko Narrator: Pete Bradbury Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Leslie Marmon Silko’s sublime Ceremony is almost universally considered one of the finest novels ever written by an American Indian. It is the poetic, dreamlike tale of Tayo, a mixed-blood Laguna Pueblo and veteran of World War II. Tormented by shell shock and haunted by memories of his cousin who died in the war, Tayo struggles on his impoverished reservation. After turning to alcohol to ease his pain, he strives for a better understanding of who he is. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Ceremony is the greatest novel in Native American literature. It is one of the greatest novels of any time and place. I have read this book so many times that I probably have it memorized. I teach it and I learn from it and I am continually in awe of its power, beauty, rage, vision, and violence.”

    Sherman Alexie, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Without question Leslie Marmon Silko is the most accomplished Native American writer of her generation.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An exceptional novel—a cause for celebration.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Her assurance, her gravity, her flexibility are all wonderful gifts.”

    New York Review of Books

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cvh | 2/16/2014

    " Ceremony is itself a healing ceremony, warding off the evil that humankind enacts upon itself. In that sense, Silko's novel is extraordinary. This isn't so much a book to read for an interesting narrative with lots of twists or romance or some other escapist excitement- there's not much in the way of that. It's a novel to reflect on and experience as Silko connects violences of the past with violence in the present, American with Japanese, White with Indian. It's a sober book, but important. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Emma | 2/12/2014

    " It was interesting but fairly confusing with what was actually happening and what was memory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tholdampf | 2/6/2014

    " Anyone who has any Native American Heritage should read this book it's brilliant "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chase | 1/30/2014

    " Quite a beautiful novel I read in a Literature class. Requires thought and personal reflection of the multitude of symbolism in the novel "

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About the Author
Author Leslie Marmon Silko

Leslie Marmon Silko has said that her writing has at its core “the attempt to identify what it is to be a half-breed or mixed-blood person.” As she grew up on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation, she learned the stories and culture of the Laguna people from her great-grandmother and other female relatives. After receiving her BA in English at the University of New Mexico, she enrolled in the University of New Mexico School of Law but completed only three semesters before deciding that writing and storytelling were the means by which she could best promote justice. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.