Gerald Vizenor gives life to traditional tribal stories by presenting them in a new perspective: he challenges the idyllic perception of rural life, offering in its stead an unusual vision of survival in the cities-the sanctuaries for humans and animals. It is a tribal vision, a quest for liberation from forces that would deny the full realization of human possibilities. IGerald Vizenor gives life to traditional tribal stories by presenting them in a new perspective: he challenges the idyllic perception of rural life, offering in its stead an unusual vision of survival in the cities-the sanctuaries for humans and animals. It is a tribal vision, a quest for liberation from forces that would deny the full realization of human possibilities. In this modern world his characters insist upon survival through an imaginative affirmation of the self.In Dead Voices Vizenor, using tales drawn from traditional tribal stories, illuminates the centuries of conflict between American Indians and Europeans, or "wordies." Bagese, a tribal woman transformed into a bear, has discovered a new urban world, and in a cycle of tales she describes this world from the perspective of animals-fleas, squirrels, mantis, crows, beavers, and finally Trickster, Vizenor’s central and unifying figure. The stories reveal unpleasant aspects of the dominate culture and American Indian culture such as the fur trade, the educational system, tribal gambling, reservation life, and in each the animals, who represent crossbloods, connect with their tribal traditions, often in comic fashion.As in his other fiction, Vizenor upsets our ideas of what fiction should be. His plot is fantastic; his story line is a roller-coaster ride requiring that we accept the idea of transformation, a key element in all his work. Unlike other Indian novelists, who use the novel as a means of cultural recovery, Vizenor finds the crossblood a cause for celebration....
|Title||:||Dead Voices: Natural Agonies in the New World|
|Number of Pages||:||150 Pages|
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Dead Voices: Natural Agonies in the New World Reviews
A shiny new penny to anyone who can find me another book that's inspired by both Samuel Beckett and Black Elk.
Native American voices are mingled with urban legends in a series of vignettes that come to us from a crazy woman living by Lake Merritt, Oakland. This woman believes that she can transform into different animals and presents her stories as if these transformations are literal. It's easy to draw parallels between her stories and Native American oppression, but such a reading would miss the larger, more varied picture Vizenor gives us. While the woman who tells the stories says they must never be written down, the first narrator writes them anyway. Vizenor might feel similar ambivalence about his own Swedish-Native American heritage - recognizing that war and conflict is what makes stories, and that the false peace of reservation life isn't creating new legends (but that city life is). Anyway, that was my interpretation, who knows if that's what Vizenor meant or not.
mmm.good?bad?yeh,sure,sure. right.just is what it is.His books stay with a person for awhile though,it seems.might read more of his books.also re-rereading a book by J.Krishnamurti on fear-ish stuffintresting to read one then see the same sentiments writtenwith a totally different spin.the wording and derections may seem strange,almost disorientating even,but the sentiment and energy remains.also like how he plays allwayswith time with thoughtswith words and rhythmswith Namesand therefore creation.interesting.strange twists and turns.strangely alive.*************************************************Just started this tonightonly half way through if that but disturbingly fun so far.Like how he holds up a mirror up to timeThese tales he tells are the same the world over ? that which he draws from,the roots are the same.But what a wondrous rhythmcan't catch the beat but it's the sound of water over around and through stonesMuch more horrifyingly hilariously graphicthan stories remembered Lyrically hypnotizing and gut wrenching never have heard his voicebut really like his measured speechthe rhythm ?like breath .so far i am?intrigued thoughthinking Far to much about fleas
This book was excellent. I'm not sure I get its 'message' if it has one? But it was great to read, lots of fun, and mystical. The main character is great.
This book sucked. Hard. I cannot tell you how much I hated it. It made "House Made of Dawn" look engaging. I swear I want to burn it.
very confusing, but interesting