good book will be reading more from this author..
The ISBN says hardback, but this is a SMALL paperback! 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.
This is a beautiful book and story. This book which won a Pulitzer prize in 1930 the First for American INdian literature and it is recommended by an award-winning Arizona historian Also, this book I'd like to pass on that several Arizona pioneers and fellow historians recommended this book and suggested that everyone who is interested in Indian/Anglo relations to read it. LaFarge lived in the Four Corners area in the 1920s and published Laughing Boy as his masters thesis for an anthropology degree. And yet it is also fine writing, well crafted and as artistic as Laughing Boy's silver work. Along with "The Virginian" this is a very early example of western fiction which has survived the test of time. It's not often that one can absorb historical truths through fiction, but when done as well as this is, it is truly the best way to learn and enjoy. This is beautifully written but at the end you will see that the author who spoke and probably thought Navajo chose the very interesting but most likely Indian ending. I think that the author described the changing world of the Navajo in the 1920's. It was a very interesting book. I cannot say that I totally agree with the American or Navajo way of thinking in this book but it is interesting.