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The Turquoise Ledge

Silko, Leslie Marmon (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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A highly original and poetic self-portrait from one of America's most acclaimed writers. Leslie Marmon Silko's new book, her first in ten years, combines memoir with family history and reflections on the creatures and beings that command her attention and inform her vision of the world, taking readers along on her daily walks through the arroyos and ledges of the Sonoran desert in Arizona. Silko weaves tales from her family's past into her observations, using the turquoise stones she finds on the walks to unite the strands of her stories, while the beauty and symbolism of the landscape around her, and of the snakes, birds, dogs, and other animals that share her life and form part of her family, figure prominently in her memories. Strongly influenced by Native American storytelling traditions, The Turquoise Ledge becomes a moving and deeply personal contemplation of the enormous spiritual power of the natural world-of what these creatures and landscapes can communicate to us, and how they are all linked. The book is Silko's first extended work of nonfiction, and its ambitious scope, clear prose, and inventive structure are captivating. The Turquoise Ledge will delight loyal fans and new readers alike, and it marks the return of the unique voice and vision of a gifted storyteller.
Authors: Silko, Leslie Marmon, 1948-
Title: The turquoise ledge
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010
Characteristics: 319 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Leslie Marmon Silko
Contents: Ancestors
Rattlesnakes
Star beings
Turquoise
Lord Chapulin
ISBN: 067002211X
9780670022113
Branch Call Number: B-Si34t 2010
Subject Headings: Authors, American 20th century Biography Women authors 20th century Biography Silko, Leslie Marmon, 1948-
Topical Term: Authors, American
Women authors
LCCN: 2010012128
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Silko takes readers along on her daily walks through the arroyos and ledges of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, weaving tales from both sides of her family's past into her observations, and using the turquoise stones that she finds on her walks to unite the strands of her stories.


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Feb 17, 2011
  • rlbecker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a highly entertaining memoir spiced with information about her ancestors, present day family, friends and critters of all sorts. The story starts about by grounding her story in that of some of her interesting grandparents. It then continues by giving us her reactions to local wildlife such as the various rattlesnakes who each live in a certain spot in her yard or under her house. They live together sympathetically: she doesn't bother them, they seem to know this, and they don't attack her. The same goes for her local wild bees, salamanders and owls. She also owns some macaws and dogs. The story is told in a very loving and insightful way.
She also speaks about her continuing quest for turquoise. She looks for big ledges of it on her walks in the nearby desert. She picks up pieces, but always wants to find big deposits of it. The irony of it is, later on, she finds that she built her house on top of a turquoise ledge.

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