Silko's ambitious but meandering novel untertakes an epic narrative, heavy with intrigue and carnage, about an apocalyptic Native American insurrection. Author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
When the ex-mistress of a sinister cocaine wholesaler takes a job as secretary to a Native American clairvoyant who works the TV talk show circuit, she begins transcribing an ancient manuscript that foretells the second coming of Quetzalcoatl and the violent end of white rule in the Americas. Witches and shamans across the country are working to fulfill this prophecy, but the capitalist elite is mounting a dirty war of its own, with weapons such as heroin and cocaine. This novel belongs on the same shelf with Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo ( LJ 10/1/72) and Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975). Occult conspiracies multiply at a dizzying pace, and eco-radicals actually do blow up the Glen Canyon Dam. Silko succeeds more as a storyteller than a novelist: the book is full of memorable vignettes, but the frame story of apocalyptic racial warfare is clumsy comic book fare. Recommended for collections of magic realism and Native American fiction.
- Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law Sch . Lib., Los Angeles
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Leslie Marmon Silko has created an intensely profound window into the deep undercurrents of American civilization. Read morePublished on April 16 2004
I am a Native American woman, and I found this book empowering, depressing and very raw. I can see people that I know in the characters in the book as well as having had some of... Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2002
Wow, what a concept...we finally have a Native American stream-of-consciousness novel! Enough of these white-man's dreams like The Tunnel or Gravity's Rainbow, we finally are... Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2000 by Zentao
Not nearly as complex as some would like to make it. The "land" interacts with people to manifest its spirits. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2000 by Zane Ivy
This happens to be one of my favorite books of all time--yes, it's "disturbing", rambling, complex, and shocking. Read morePublished on July 14 2000
I found Silko's book too disturbing to keep on reading. I understand that the disturbing nature of the work is the point of the book, but it was too depressing (and,as another... Read morePublished on April 6 2000
What can I say but I loved this book. Got it because a friend mentioned it and he was not wrong. It is a deep book and one has to concentrate a bit in order to follow all the... Read morePublished on June 11 1999
Anybody who thinks this is merely fiction is mistaken. This is reality, and it is happening as I type. Read morePublished on May 9 1999 by Marc Rikmenspoel