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House Made of Dawn

Momaday, N. Scott (Book - 2010)
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The magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a stranger in his native land A young Native American, Abel has come home from a foreign war to find himself caught between two worlds. The first is the world of his father's, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, and the ancient rites and traditions of his people. But the other world -- modern, industrial America -- pulls at Abel, demanding his loyalty, claiming his soul, goading him into a destructive, compulsive cycle of dissipation and disgust. And the young man, torn in two, descends into hell.
Authors: Momaday, N. Scott, 1934-
Title: House made of dawn
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 2010
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed
Characteristics: 185, 16 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: N. Scott Momaday
Notes: Originally published: New York: Harper and Row, 1968; London: Gollancz, 1969
ISBN: 0061859974
9780061859977
Branch Call Number: FICTION MOMADAY 2010
Subject Headings: United States History Fiction Indians of North America Fiction
Topical Term: Indians of North America
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Soon after taking an oral storytelling class in college, taught by Momaday, I devoured everything else the Kiowa native had written starting with this 1968 Pulitzer Prize winner.

A young Native American, Abel has come home from a foreign war to find himself caught between two worlds. The first is the world of his father's, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, and the ancient rites and traditions of his people. But the other world -- mode... Read More »


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Not an easy read; but, an interesting and good book, nonetheless. full of vivid images of the local and life of living on the SW US Indian reservations in the early 1900's. I can understand how this novel won the Pultizer Prize and was considered to be the "break through" novel about the "native experience".

ST review mention 2/4/07 K7. Pulitzer prize 1969.

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