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on February 29, 2000
With "The Death of Bernadette Lefthand," Ron Querry demonstrates an amazing accuracy for detail. His understanding of subtle differences between two Nations - the Apache and the Navajo - bring his characters to life. The juxtaposition of these modern indigenous sub-cultures takes place within the confines of an equally contradictory landscape - the brutally beautiful American Southwest. If you are interested in the people, cultures, and landscape of the Southwest, you shouldn't miss this novel.
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on July 20, 2000
First and foremost, this is a story which is not filled with stereotypes. The cultures of the Navajo, Hopi, and the Apache are well portrayed. I was most surprised at the topic of the book in light of the fact that it is considered taboo to the Navajo. I supposed that's why the author is not of that tribe. Nevertheless, it was thoroughly entertaining, educational, and just plain well written. It deserves all the awards and accolades it has received.
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on December 19, 1999
I cannot fully express how much I enjoyed this book. Beautifully written, with a story that pulls you in and holds you to the very last page. I've read lots of "Indian" books, but this is the true deal. It's the heartbreaking story of a young Apache girl and her senseless death. It is at times dark, mystical, and even humorous. I've recommended it to all my friends and they have LOVED it. Please give it a read. You won't be disappointed.
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on July 11, 2014
This is a very unique novel with a riveting story that I read through twice - filled with mystical metaphors about Native American beliefs in a contemporary New Mexico setting, told mostly from the perspective of a young teenager who is mourning the loss of her beloved older sister, Bernadette. The author is masterful in his portrayal of the characters - very intuitive and believable. You will not soon forget the story - it's haunting and poignant.
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on February 21, 1999
Touching without being sentimental. Eery ghosts haunt the souls on the reservation. Wonderful feeling of something ominous lurking throughout. Great storytelling. Navajo people are portrayed as real, without stereotype. The pacing was effortless, the characters multi-faceted and believable. Loved this book.
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on October 31, 2013
A tragic love triangle full of passion, evil and witchery; the death of a lovely and innocent young woman; a story of the Navajo belief in witches; the closeness of two brothers; the devastating effect of heavy drinking; family relationships: a very human tale.
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on March 11, 2015
beautifully written, in the authentic vocabulary of 1990s southwestern reservation Indians. Shows real life situations of that era. Sad and tragic, but also shows the compassion of native americans.
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on November 27, 2015
needs better editing but well written and plotted
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on May 29, 2015
I had to purchase for college course
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on May 31, 2000
Wonderful book, if you like Hillerman, you will really enjoy this book. Anyone I recommended this book to loved it, and looked for more by this author.
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