House Made of Dawn (Anglais) Broché – 13 avril 2010
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The magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a stranger in his native land
A young Native American, Abel has come home from a foreign war to find himself caught between two worlds. The first is the world of his father's, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, and the ancient rites and traditions of his people. But the other world -- modern, industrial America -- pulls at Abel, demanding his loyalty, claiming his soul, goading him into a destructive, compulsive cycle of dissipation and disgust. And the young man, torn in two, descends into hell.
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N. Scott Momaday is a novelist, a poet, and a painter. Among the awards he has received for writing are the Pulitzer Prize and the Premio Letterario Internazionale "Mondello." He is Regent's Professor of English at the University of Arizona, and he lives in Tucson with his wife and daughter.
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I first learned of House Made of Dawn from an excerpt in American Indian Literature: An Anthology (revised) edited and introduced by Alan R. Velie, in which Abel encounters the "white man," an albino Native who, although he appears only briefly in the novel, is one of modern literature's most compelling characters. Without saying a word, he emanates a vague menace with every look and motion. "Above the open mouth, the nearly sightless eyes followed the old man [Abel's grandfather] out of the cornfield, and the barren lids fluttered helplessly behind the colored glass." You will never forget the white man. "A man kills such an enemy if he can." The white man sets the tone for the rest of the novel.
Nor will you forget Abel's struggles, with his heritage and its expectations, with alcoholism, with his own body, with his own desires, his inability to find his place at home or in the modern white world, and with his emotional and physical pain.
There is the dichotomy of the prevalent Catholic faith, which finds itself oddly interwoven with Native belief in strange ways, as in the feast of Santiago held in Abel's town. The conflict comes to a head in Tosamah, Priest of the Sun, who reveals that "In the beginning was the Word" is all that we need to know of the essential Truth. But by adding and dividing and multiplying the Word, the white man subtracts the Truth-the Truth that eludes Abel. Tosamah says of his grandmother, "She had learned that in words and in language, and there only, she could have whole and consummate being."
House Made of Dawn is much like the life and land it portrays-mysterious and unyielding. There is little action here, but there is a mental and emotional landscape that is, like the backdrop, seared on the minds and hearts of those who experience it. Even the world cannot kill the Word and the rich inner life of a Tano.
Diane L. Schirf, 26 February 2002.
The way N. Scott Momaday structures the story may not appeal to all readers. You will want to take your time here, and it doesn't hurt to allow the images to take hold in your mind. Given the pure artistry of each scene in the book, you will be well rewarded.
In my honest opinion, it would be an injustice to the author and his work to attempt to render a nutshell, summary of the book. So, please excuse any attempt I made here.