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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; Reissue edition (April 28, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155970005X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559700054
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Mark Valentine on July 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Librarians have a difficult time finding a place for this book. Should it go into the autobiographical section? There's a great deal of her past and her family's heritage in this book. Should it be placed next to the poetry books? She has included several of her poems. What about fiction? She has several of her famous short stories ("Storyteller," "Yellow Woman," "Lullaby,") collected here. It's even got photojournalism in it--26 photos taken by either herself or her father. Even the shape of the book is peculiar. Maybe this might disenchant a reader who would rather have boundaries and borders. But I found it amazing.
Of course, she puts the table of contents at the end of the book. And the beginning of the book is in the center, with her poem "Long Time Ago," and should be read outwards, like the circular, centrifugal pattern in a spider web.
She keeps the memories alive of her the old people by telling her stories. She relates in her poetry and fiction, narratives that are reflective, alarming, magical, and, well, fascinating. The voice is consistent, strong, and rhythmic. Thought Woman has been at work here.
I recommend this book for those that want to learn, who want to challenge themselves by being confronted, who long to find a book to counsel and lead them into reflections, and who respect all things, past, present, and possible.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Saul on October 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Leslie Marmon Silko's Storyteller was the first of its kind--a combination of fiction, poetry, family history, oral tradition from her own and other Native American communities, photographs--woven together to create a sense of personal, cultural, feminist, and human identity. Others have adopted some of her techniques, but Storyteller ranks as a classic work of Native American and American literature--and a great read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arrowriter on December 10, 2011
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Leslie Marmon Silko's book STORYTELLER is definitely unique, both in its physical presentation and content. Physically, the book itself was printed lengthwise, or horizontally, as opposed to a regular book, which is printed vertically. The words within, when written in prose, are printed vertically in two columns. However, STORYTELLER is also unique in that it also contains poetry, though perhaps not in a form you are used to. Silko also included pictures, which she describes as being connected to the stories.

I was required to read sections of STORYTELLER as part of an English 200 course. It was unique in the sense that it contains many stories, which were orally passed down by the Laguna Pueblo people for generations before finally being written down. The stories were not used by the Laguna to reprimand tribe members, or teach them a lesson, but rather to give them inspiration and sometimes provide them with the origin of a particular tribe custom. The stories illustrate the concepts and beliefs of American Indians, specifically the Laguna people. I was also required to write a paper on this book tying the cultural ideas of the natives to the stories. When writing this paper, I included some concepts of the Native American people, which readers can see within the poems and stories. Here are some you can pick up in the stories contained in STORYTELLER:

1) The concept that the universe is unified, and no being or object is above another. There is no hierarchy of supernatural, natural, and humankind in Native American beliefs like there is in Western, Christian beliefs.
2) All beings have the power to create. Animate and inanimate objects are directly related to each other, and often appear one.
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By K.J. on July 10, 2013
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Admittedly, Storyteller isn't for everyone. But if you're interested in Native American literature, this is amazing, powerful, and insightful. I bought this for a class, and am very glad I discovered it.
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Having lived on the Navajo Reservation for many years, I have seen so many strange things and witnessed many ceremonies. Unexplainable things - wonderful things - and this telling explains so much about a wonderful deep rich culture!
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By qwerty on April 7, 2013
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The book is in good condition as far as no pages missing, now writing in it and nice and clean looking. My only issue is that because the book is so old, every page i open too cracks apart from the binding and falls out. I basically now have all loose paged sitting between the front and back cover. I know this is just due to the book being old.
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