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The Blessing Way (Joe Leaphorn Novels) (1970 original; edició 1990)

de Tony Hillerman (Autor)

Sèrie: Leaphorn/Chee (1), Leaphorn (1)

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Navajo police lieutenant Joe Leaphorn must solve a murder apparently committed by a supernatural being, the Wolf-Witch.
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Títol:The Blessing Way (Joe Leaphorn Novels)
Autors:Tony Hillerman (Autor)
Informació:HarperTorch (1990), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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The Blessing Way de Tony Hillerman (1970)

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Anthropologist Bergen McKee comes to the Navajo Reservation to research anecdotes and stories of witches, while his old friend, Navajo Nation Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is searching for a suspect whose body turns up in an unexpected place and in a physical condition which suggests that Leaphorn has a true live witch on his hands. This first installment of the series may not be as good as those that follow, but it does still show that Hillerman is on to something great with his mysteries that explore traditional and modern life on the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni reservations. This book shows that Hillerman hasn't quite settled on who his main character should be yet so the story feels slightly bifurcated, but the end result is still very good, especially for a first novel. With an interest in anthropology, my favorite parts are those that deal with the beliefs and rituals of the traditional people and Hillerman's description of The Enemy Way ceremony (Ana'í Ndáá') makes a regular mystery story into something three-dimensional by grounding it in a regular life that is quite extraordinary to those of us who do not inhabit the Dinétah or visit on a regular basis. Not my favorite installment as mentioned above, but it's become one of my favorite series, so I enjoyed seeing where it had its beginning. ( )
  -Eva- | May 6, 2021 |
More charming than I expected, although it really drags in some parts, and my real draw for this (Leaphorn) is barely in it. I'm going to give the second one a shot but the ice is thin. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Absorbing tale of an inexplicable killing interwoven with the hunt for a "Wolf-Witch" on the reservation. Good character development, interesting descriptions of native beliefs, and minimal passages of violence. ( )
  fuzzi | Jan 31, 2021 |
Good read, seems respectful of Native culture. ( )
  GretchenCollins | Dec 10, 2020 |
Bergen McKee is an anthropologist studying the Navajo culture, especially the role that witches play in tribal beliefs. The college professor comes to the reservation in New Mexico to spend the summer in the desert, researching rumors of Wolf-Witches active in the area. Lt Joe Leaphorn with the tribal police has been friends with McKee since their college days, and is glad to see his old friend. But, neither man expects that the witch rumors will soon blossom into a string of murders. The men work together to discover who the Wolf-Witch is, gathering information on sightings of the witch and possible suspects. The investigation culminates in an exciting show-down in the desert, where McKee's life is on the line.

The Blessing Way was Tony Hillerman's first novel, published in 1970. I first read this book when I was in high school. I became an immediate fan of Hillerman's novels. The Blessing Way is the first book in the Joe Leaphorn Mysteries series, although in this first book Bergen McKee is more the main character than Leaphorn. I love the way the story is a blend of Navajo culture and murder mystery.

I decided this year to re-visit Hillerman's novels. I'm glad I did. His portrayal of the Navajo way of life was just as vivid for me now as it was for me in the 80's when I read this book for the first time. Hillerman wrote 22 books. 18 of them are Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Navajo police mystery novels.
Hillerman died in 2008, but his daughter Anne continues the series. Anne Hillerman has written two novels in the series so far, Spider Woman's Daughter and Rock With Wings.

The Blessing Way starts out a little slow, but by mid-book the action picks up speed and heads towards a thrilling end. The book includes a lot of details about Navajo culture, beliefs and ceremonies. It's easy to tell that Hillerman loved New Mexico!

I'm going to re-read the entire series! :) ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
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