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Always coming home

Always coming home

Author: Ursula K Le Guin; Todd Barton; Margaret Chodos-Irvine; George Hersh
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, ©1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
"Spiraling outward from the dramatic life story of a woman called Stone Telling," this is an "interweaving of story and fable, poem, artwork and music ... [which tells of] the culture of the Kesh, a peaceful people of the far future who inhabit a place called the Valley on the Northern Pacific Coast."--Cover of U. of California Press pbk. ed.
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Genre/Form: Science fiction
Fantasy fiction
Fantastic fiction
Romans, nouvelles, etc
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ursula K Le Guin; Todd Barton; Margaret Chodos-Irvine; George Hersh
ISBN: 0060155450 9780060155452 006096023X 9780060960230 006015456X 9780060154561 0520227352 9780520227354
OCLC Number: 11728313
Awards: Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award, 1986.
Description: 523 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: A first note --
The quail song --
Towards an archaeology of the future --
Stone telling, part one --
The serpentine codex --
Chart of the nine houses --
Where it is --
Pandora worries about what she is doing: the pattern --
Some stories told aloud one evening... --
Shahugoten --
The keeper --
Dried mice --
Dira --
Poems, first section --
How to die in the valley --
Pandora sitting by the creek --
Four romantic tales --
The miller --
Lost --
The brave man --
At the springs of Orlu --
Poems, second section --
Four histories --
Old women hating --
A war wth the pig --
People --
The town of Chumo --
The trouble with the cotton people --
Pandora worrying about what she is doing: she addresses the reader with agitation --
Time and the city --
The city --
A hole in the air --
Big man and little man --
Beginnings --
Time in the valley --
Stone telling, part two --
Dramatic works --
A note on the valley stage --
The wedding --
Night at Chukulmas --
The shouting man, the red woman, and the bears --
Tabetupah --
The plumed water --
Chandi --
Pandora, worrying about what she is doing, finds a way into the valley through the scrub oak --
Dancing the moon --
Poems, third section --
Eight life stories --
The train --
She listens --
Junco --
The bright void of the wind --
White tree --
The third child's story --
The dog at the door --
The visionary: the life story of Flicker of the Serpentine of Telina-na --
Some brief valley texts --
Pandora converses with the archivist of the library of the Madrone Lodge at Wakwaha-na --
Dangerous people ; A note about the novel ; Chapter two ; Pandora gently to the gentle reader --
Stone telling, part three --
Messages concerning the condor --
About a meeting concerning the warriors --
Poems, fourth section --
From the people of the houses of earth in the valley --
The back of the book --
Long names of houses --
Some of the other people of the valley --
Animals of the Obsidian --
Animals of the Blue Clay --
Kinfolk --
Lodges, societies, arts --
What they wore in the valley --
What they ate --
Kesh musical instruments --
Maps --
The world dance --
The sun dance --
About the train --
Some notes on medical practices --
A treatise on practices --
Playing --
Some generative metaphors --
Three poems by Pandora --
Living on the coast, energy, and dancing --
Love --
Written Kesh --
Alphabet and pronunciation --
The modes of earth and sky --
A note and a chart concerning narrative modes --
Spoken and written literature --
Pandora no longer worrying --
Glossary --
Kesh numbers --
Stammersong. Tonband-Kompaktkassette Music and poetry of the Kesh / Todd Barton.
Responsibility: author, Ursula K. Le Guin ; composer, Todd Barton ; artist, Margaret Chodos ; George Hersh, geomancer ; maps drawn by the author.


An "ethnographic" novel that portrays life in California's Napa Valley as it might be a very long time from now, imagined not as a high tech future but as a time of people once again living close to  Read more...


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