Of all of the works of N. Scott Momaday, The Names may be the most personal. A memoir of his boyhood in Oklahoma and the Southwest, it is also described by Momaday as "an act of the imagination. When I turn my mind to my early life, it is the imaginative part of it that comes first and irresistibly into reach, and of that part I take hold." Complete with family photos, The Names is a book that will captivate readers who wish to experience the Native American way of life.
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An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dw. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new. ; 170 pages; Description: 170 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. Subjects: Momaday, N. Scott, 1934- --Childhood and youth --Authors, American --20th century --Biography --Kiowa Indians --Social life and customs. -- West (U. S. )Review:
"It is a search and a celebration, a book of identities and sources....Out of ordinary materials genealogy, tribal tales, memories of a boyhood spent in Oklahoma, at Ship Rock in the Navajo country and at the Jemez pueblo, where his parents taught school he has built a mystical, provocative book." Wallace Stegner, New York Times
"A Native American version of Roots . . . full of the sense of wonder that characterizes classic American literature." Choice
"Graceful, lucid prose...[Momaday] is forever an Indian and the reader understands why." Atlantic Monthly
"With the eye of a painter and the voice of a poet, Momaday vividly recreates a childhood world of color, sound, and experience played out against the backdrop of tribal tales and in the shadow of revered forebears. . . . An eloquent statement of this distinguished Native American author's search for identity." Journal of Arizona History"
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060129816
Book Description Harpercollins, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60129816