Laughing BoyLarge Print - 2006
Lucid beauty, vital artistic imagination, and a clear, almost hypnotic style. -- The New York Times.
Laughing Boy knew nothing of the white man, grew up worshiping the Indian gods, following the old ways, mastering traditional skills, and exulting in the physical freedom and code of values that were his birthright. Slim Girl knew all too much about the white man. She had been turned by his schools and abuse into a person without a true culture, and converted by lust into a woman who dreamed of money and revenge. She saw Laughing Boy as her only hope and her salvation.
Oliver La Farge used his field experience as an anthropologist to authenticate his tales of Native Americans. The high regard the native people had for him is evidenced in that he helped draft the Hopi Indian constitution. Laughing Boy, a story brimming with joy, pan, and tragedy, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It captures the essence of the Southwest in the early 1900s, and remains one of the most powerful novels in American fiction.