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The Ancient Child: A Novel Paperback – September 12, 1990
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About the Author
N. Scott Momaday is a novelist, a poet, and a painter. Among the awards he has received for writing are the Pulitzer Prize and the Premio Letterario Internazionale "Mondello." He is Regent's Professor of English at the University of Arizona, and he lives in Tucson with his wife and daughter.
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Twenty years later, Momaday published his second book, "The Ancient Child," and it's just as powerful, just as beautifully written, as his first.
The premise is similar to the first book. A man is torn between two worlds, tormented by nightmares, and finds himself drawn to the desert. He finds his destiny, and it too is disintegration. But whereas the disintegration in "House Made of Dawn" is a violent, tragic event, in "The Ancient Child" it comes across as a process of spiritual resolution and healing, rather than destruction.
That's why I regard this book as superior to its Prize-winning predecessor. Momaday's vision seems more holistic, more encompassing in this book. His first novel's tragic vision leaves you haunted and a little horrified. This book will leave you equally haunted, not in horror, but in quiet awe of the inevitable metaphysical reckoning we all must undergo when we leave this world, and the paths we take to get there.
There's an enlightening quality to the novel that leaves the reader with a deeper understanding of the major themes and how these ideas of identity, feminism, land, and languages are tied to a true identity. By working through two separate characters, Set and Grey, who struggle with the same identity crisis, the reader is able to perceive the intricacies of such an issue and the unique ways in which a person must find and establish who they are. The Ancient Child is truly a masterful work that combines the sweet poetic language of a dream world with ruthless punches of reality to create a story that can resound through the hearts of readers across generational and cultural boundaries. Through the use of Spanish, Navajo, and Kiowa words, phrases, myths, and traditions, the reader becomes embroiled in the world of Momaday and the depth of the lives of these struggling characters. The beauty of the world that surrounds these characters is often eclipsed by their desperation for a true and whole identity and the harshness of their realities. Delicately portrayed and profoundly thought provoking, The Ancient Child is truly a work of art.
If you're searching for a book that will challenge your perceptions of reality and introduce you to a world where myth, legend, dreams, and fantasy still hold a powerful sway, then The Ancient Child is a must read.Read more ›
Momaday (who is also a painter) also excels at describing how it feels to be an artist like his character Set. Readers who stick with this book will also be steeped in the author's description of Kiowa life, both modern, historic and legendary, and rewarded by Momaday's poetic description both of the prairies that are his tribe's homeland and the Southwestern desert where he grew up and lived much of his adult life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful book about America from a completely new perspective.Published 14 months ago by Shelley Isom
Momaday writes some beautiful prose. Too bad the story line is so choppy. Characters come and go and Set and Grey interact with them. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by bob coyle
Had trouble staying with this for a while, but it started growing onto me after a while. Woke up at 3:00 AM mysteriously or maybe not. Finished the last thirty pages. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Cliff Wilkie
This story read at times like literary soft porn, a wet dream for the middle-aged man who has lost all sense of meaning in life. Read morePublished on May 8, 2010 by Robin H.
While it is somewhat interesting to read a novel in which dreams and reality meld together, I found *this* novel to be vastly uninteresting. Read morePublished on September 16, 2002 by cal clements
His mind is the atelier.
The depicted soul of the young woman, Grey, Koi-ehm-toya, was hauntingly perfect. Read more