This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for its depiction of Native American life and is accredited with bringing native american literature to a wider audience. It is written almost like poetry, painting the scene and thoughts of the characters leisurely and vividly. The contrast between the culture on the reservation and the world outside is stark, clashing and the viewpoint sometimes difficult to follow. Looking back on the book over 50 years later, its hard to imagine how foreign and distant the lives of Abel and his family and friends must have seemed back then. It's worth a re-read.
Published: 1968 Read: February 2014 Genre: Fiction