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BEYOND THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE WORLD

A NAVAJO WOMAN'S JOURNEY

Journalist Benedek returns to the site of her 1992 The Wind Won't Know Me to tell the story of Ella Bedonie, a Navajo woman. Bedonie, a 43-year-old schoolteacher, wife, and mother of three, speaks frankly of her life. She tells of growing up in poverty on the Navajo reservation in Arizona; the traumatic experience of BIA-run boarding school, where students were punished for acting in any way Indian (Bedonie's mouth was washed out with soap by an Indian dorm aide for speaking Navajo); her arranged marriage to Dennis Bedonie after her first husband was killed in Vietnam; her battle with breast cancer. Yet despite her openness, Bedonie remains enigmatic. Why does she tender her resignation to the Gap preschool the day on which she is supposed to begin work? Why, when she is convinced that her cancer and her son's joining a gang were punishment for living off the reservation, does she again move away with her husband and impressionable teenage daughter? But Bedonie's odd behavior is the least problematic aspect of this book. Far worse is Benedek's inability to find a coherent presentationeither chronological or thematicand her simplistic analysis, which boils down to: Anglos and Indians are different, but Indians can't avoid Anglo culture. She also allows the characters to speak for themselves, which leads to such poetic chapter titles as ``This Is Where I Am Tucked into the Land,'' but Benedek lets her characters speak too much, lending the book the air of an oral historyand an unedited one, at that. Dry and disappointing. (8 pages photos, not seen)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-679-42143-2

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1995

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THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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NUTCRACKER

This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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