Throwback Thursday – this is an event hosted by me! It used to take place weekly, but is now once a month on this blog. It is the time to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic! Leave a comment here and feel free to take an icon and use it on your blog! Also feel free to do this on as many Thursdays as you like. =)
This month's throwback is:
Synopsis from bn.com:
I just recently saw a review for this at The Little Reader and before I even read her review I remembered how absolutely wonderful this book was. And I couldn't believe I forgot about it! I had to read this book in high school; it was not one I expected to enjoy. For starters, I didn't like any books that were assigned reading in high school (even if I later learned to enjoy them as an adult). And second, despite my own cultural diversity, I often found it difficult to relate to books about other cultures of which I knew little. So I didn't expect to like it. And I was surprised to find Ceremony to be one of the only assigned reading books in high school that I really enjoyed. That I found powerful. And could realize even at that time was a well done, important read! I had this copy for a while and after I saw Little Reader's review I went to look on my shelf for my copy.
Tayo, a young Native American, has been a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, and the horrors of captivity have almost eroded his will to survive. His return to the Laguna Pueblo reservation only increases his feeling of estrangement and alienation. While other returning soldiers find easy refuge in alcohol and senseless violence, Tayo searches for another kind of comfort and resolution.
Tayo's quest leads him back to the Indian past and its traditions, to beliefs about witchcraft and evil, and to the ancient stories of his people. The search itself becomes a ritual, a curative ceremony that defeats the most virulent of afflictions -- despair.
And then I remembered.
In my desperation to post books on paperbackswap.com when I first joined, I swapped this book. My beautiful copy of this book. I guess I really believed I wouldn't ever read it again. Or maybe I just thought I could buy a new copy one day. Anyway, the day has come and I really want this book again, lol! I want to read it again and see how I feel about it now.