This is another carefully researched account of an Indian boy becoming a man. Firefly, a Guaymi in Panama, is handicapped by...

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BOY WITH THREE NAMES

This is another carefully researched account of an Indian boy becoming a man. Firefly, a Guaymi in Panama, is handicapped by his father's early death and his uncle's hostility; having no one to teach him hunting and other skills he feels inadequate and insufficiently respected. Then during the course of the story he passes the initiation ordeals with impressive bravery, learns (from his brother) to hunt, discovers that he has a special healing power (and demonstrates it on his uncle, thus winning the older man's regard), arranges a delicate purification ceremony, and attracts a pretty girl by behaving heroically during the demanding stick game. The Guaymi customs and ceremonies are smoothly integrated into the story but Firefly himself lacks the personality required to justify the superfluity of his successes or vitalize the unoriginal theme.

Pub Date: March 12, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1973