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Index » Entertainment » Books » R.I.P. Tony Hillerman
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triskele

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Location: The Dragons' Roost


Posted: Oct 28, 2008 - 4:59am

walk in beauty, mr hillerman....walk in beauty. 
Xeric

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Location: Montana
Gender: Male


Posted: Oct 28, 2008 - 4:49am

He was a bit of a controversial figure around the English Department when I was in grad school in Flagstaff.  Partly, I think, for the same reason (envy) I hate Steven King, but also because there was some feeling that as a white guy he shouldn't be writing about Navajo characters—an absurd position, really (where does that end?  women can't write about men?  men, women?  older people younger ones?  etc.).  I thought he handled the race issues that are part and parcel to life in the southwest with care and dignity, spinning a good yarn all the while.  RIP, Mr. Hillerman.

Antigone

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Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley
Gender: Female


Posted: Oct 27, 2008 - 9:23am

Reading his books, I always felt like I learned something about the Navajo/Dineh culture that I would never have otherwise known. He was a great storyteller.

RIP Mr. Hillerman.
BillG

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Location: Left Coast
Gender: Male


Posted: Oct 27, 2008 - 9:02am

 KevinM wrote:
While I never read his stuff, my Mom loved his books.

Acclaimed author Tony Hillerman dies at 83

 
I loved his books too. He lived a long, full life — but it's sad to know that we won't be hearing any more about Joe Leaphorn or Jim Chee...

dionysius

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Location: The People's Republic of Austin
Gender: Male


Posted: Oct 27, 2008 - 8:13am

An author of quality popular entertainments, and nothing wrong with that for certain. Adios to the Bard of the Navajos.
lunar1963

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Location: Netherlands
Gender: Male


Posted: Oct 27, 2008 - 8:00am

I have read a couple too, liked them, atmospheric, sometimes a bit too slow, and too much focussed on relationships.

KevinM

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Location: Long Beach, Ca
Gender: Male


Posted: Oct 27, 2008 - 7:54am

While I never read his stuff, my Mom loved his books.

Acclaimed author Tony Hillerman dies at 83