Lesson 1 (from Sections 1 - 4)
In the first few chapters of this novel, the author sets up a number of intriguing situations but refuses to explain to the reader what is going on. For example, Lomatewa identifies the corpse because of the flaying of the feet and hands as that of a Navajo, but no further details are given to the reader and the reader is left in suspense as to the significance of the discovery. In the next chapter, from the point of view of the pilot, the reader is in the cockpit of a low flying aircraft, which is making an illegal nighttime drug shipment in the desert. The reader knows something goes wrong but is again left uniformed as to the final outcome of the landing. The tension induced in the reader by this lack of information is considerable. The purpose of this lesson is to examine how...
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