Laughing Boy: A Navajo Love Story

Laughing Boy: A Navajo Love Story

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Capturing the essence of the Southwest in 1915, Oliver La Farge's Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel is an enduring American classic. At a ceremonial dance, the young, earnest silversmith Laughing Boy falls in love with Slim Girl, a beautiful but elusive "American"-educated Navajo. As they experience all of the joys and uncertainties of first love, the couple must face a changing way of life and its tragic consequences.

Title:Laughing Boy: A Navajo Love Story
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780618446723
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    Laughing Boy: A Navajo Love Story Reviews

  • Candi

    "I am not a Navajo, nor am I an American, but the Navajos are my people."This novel, set in the American southwest of 1915, is the 1930 Pulitzer-prize winning novel. As the title implies, it is in fac...

  • Debbie Zapata

    I have stalled for a few days now before writing this review. Been extra busy in real life for one thing, but also because after I do a review, I have to acknowledge to myself that the book I have jus...

  • Erika

    When I realized this book was about Native Americans, I almost put it down.Laughing Boy was part of my project to read every Pulitzer winning novel, and I was still fresh from slogging through the “...

  • Michael Finocchiaro

    I am not sure what comes over the Pulitzer committee sometimes. This book was written by a white person in New Orleans about distant Navajo tribes in Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico. Its protagonists h...

  • Sue K H

    This is a beautiful love story that is gorgeously romantic while being the antithesis of a formulaic romance novel.  Though largely about two Navajo's who fall in love, it's also a love story of t...

  • Joan

    It reminded me of Kleenex - the way several diaphanous layers make up one substantial tissue. I think the author wanted me to envision it as a woven Navajo Blanket with lives and stories woven into th...

  • Helga Cohen

    This Pulitzer Prize winning book for fiction (1930) described the culture of the Southwest in 1915 in an engaging way. La Farge, described how Laughing Boy, a Navajo, met Slim Girl who had been wester...

  • Mabel

    I loved this book; it is beautifully written. The characters are memorable and I completely identified with them. I loved the bits of Navajo poetry the author included. This is by far my favorite book...

  • Albert

    I have a habit of regularly picking up a prize winner as one of my ways of making sure I read a variety of authors. Sometimes I am disappointed or even bored with the result, but more often I am thril...

  • Katy

    Interesting, but not quite a true First Peoples voice. ...