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The Grass Dancer

Power, Susan

(Book - 1994)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Grass Dancer
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A multi-generational saga of the Sioux Indians, mixing magic and reality. Set in the Dakotas, it begins in the 1860s with the tragic romance of Ghost Horse, a sacred clown, and Red Dress, a woman warrior, whose spirits seek desperately to be reunited.
Publisher: New York : Putnam's, c1994
ISBN: 9780399139116
0399139117
Branch Call Number: R- 810.9897 P887g 1994c
Characteristics: 300 p. ;,24 cm

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Dec 06, 2012
  • lorcha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is part historical, part magical realism with supernatural elements. It follows the lives a various members of the Sioux Nation starting in the 1980s and going back into the 18 hundreds. It was very interesting reading about things that we would consider paranormal but that were considered to be real in traditional Sioux culture. One of the characters is a Sioux witch, a rather evil one and there are also ghosts and a shaman. Long-dead ancestors still make appearances in modern life.
At times while reading this book I felt like there were too many characters and would have preferred to read more in depth about fewer ones. However as the story ends everything comes together. All the characters and stories are interrelated and come together in a perfect whole story leaving the reader very satisfied. I loved all the references to the Grass dancer who “wants to learn grass secrets by imitating it, moving his body with the wind."
I would highly recommend this book!

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