The Blessing Way Summary
Lieutenant Leaphorn works for the Law and Order Division of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Ironically, as in much modern detective fiction, the representative of law and order seems much more concerned to see that he serves order, rather than law. Moreover, the Navajo Way is concerned primarily with balance, and with maintaining the harmony that exists as a result of the interconnectedness, and interdependency, of all things. Thus, as a detective, Leaphorn serves not only the cause of justice, but the very basis of Navajo culture itself, by restoring order to a society unbalanced by crime and death.
Alienation is perhaps Hillerman's strongest theme in The Blessing Way. Each of the four major male characters in the novel feels alienated from his culture in some way, and the only woman character of any importance in the novel—Ellen Leon— becomes increasingly alienated from her...
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Tony Hillerman Biographies (3)
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Tony Hillerman "created the American Indian policier," according to critic Herbert Mitgang in the New York Times. Hillerman also "breaks out of the detective genre," as Daniel K. Muhlestein noted in t...
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I tend to have two sorts of fans, Tony Hillerman observed in a 1986 interview with Sue Bernell and Michaela Karni: One kind are the mystery readers, who care more about plot. The oth...
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Tony Hillerman grew up during the Depression in the small, farming community of Sacred Heart, in Potawatomie, Oklahoma. His father's farm came without indoor plumbing, tractor, or electricity. The nea...