Laughing Boy: A Navajo Love Story by Oliver La Farge

By Oliver La Farge

Capturing the essence of the Southwest in 1915, Oliver los angeles Farge's Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel is a permanent American vintage. At a ceremonial dance, the younger, earnest silversmith giggling Boy falls in love with narrow lady, a gorgeous yet elusive "American"-educated Navajo. As they event the entire joys and uncertainties of past love, the couple needs to face a altering lifestyle and its tragic consequences.

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Perhaps you will listen to what he says, I think; perhaps you will not. ' 'I am thinking about what I intend to do. ' 'We shall see then. ' She rose like smoke. He called a startled 'Good-bye,' then began to follow at a distance. He stopped at the rim of the cañon, where the noise of singing that welled up from below passed him by as he stood watching her dark form, down to the bottom, along by the grove where his camp was, and beyond into the shadows. He went back to the far edge of the mesa.

It is stronger. ' Laughing Boy looked bored. ' 'The turquoise is too green. ' 'Eight dollars is nothing,' he answered loftily, with a pleasant remembrance of his winnings. 'Here, I have nine-fifty. ' The man held out the money. 'No, I really do not want to sell. ' 'It is a fine bow-guard. ' Everything was well, Laughing Boy thought. He had money now, and a belt that was ugly, but could be sold to a trader for fifty dollars. People praised his work. That girl was only an incident; one should not let oneself be ruffled so easily.

If I win, I double my money, for doing what I enjoy. ' And whatever happens, I have won more than all the money and hard goods in the world. He meant what he said. Jesting Squaw's Son nodded. There was a shot. The pony jumped. Then two shots together, from somewhere over to the right. Hastily tethering the animal, they raced to their camp to get their bows. People were running all about; women gathering around the camp-fires, packing up bundles, men snatching their weapons and making towards the noise.

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