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The Plague of Doves - Louise Erdrich
The Plague of Doves
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Louise Erdrich's mesmerizing new novel, her first in almost three years, centers on a compelling mystery. The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth... show more
Louise Erdrich's mesmerizing new novel, her first in almost three years, centers on a compelling mystery. The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation. The descendants of Ojibwe and white intermarry, their lives intertwine; only the youngest generation, of mixed blood, remains unaware of the role the past continues to play in their lives. Evelina Harp is a witty, ambitious young girl, part Ojibwe, part white, who is prone to falling hopelessly in love. Mooshum, Evelina's grandfather, is a seductive storyteller, a repository of family and tribal history with an all-too-intimate knowledge of the violent past. Nobody understands the weight of historical injustice better than Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, a thoughtful mixed blood who witnesses the lives of those who appear before him, and whose own love life reflects the entire history of the territory. In distinct and winning voices, Erdrich's narrators unravel the stories of different generations and families in this corner of North Dakota. Bound by love, torn by history, the two communities' collective stories finally come together in a wrenching truth revealed in the novel's final pages. The Plague of Doves is one of the major achievements of Louise Erdrich's considerable oeuvre, a quintessentially American story and the most complex and original of her books.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780060515126 (0060515120)
Publisher: Harper
Pages no: 313
Edition language: English
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Muriellerites
Muriellerites rated it
5.0
Erdrich's characters in The Plague of Doves will shadow me for a long time to come. Her poetic and heart wrenching descriptions of the grim realities of a small American town coexisting with a First Nation reservation is masterful. There are no borders of time in the storytelling, nor do emotional o...
paigeawesome
paigeawesome rated it
This book took me forever(!!!) to read. Not because it was dense or difficult or uninteresting... but because I started reading it on the day I got the keys to our new place. And then we had to move 1600+sqft of stuff and clean 1600+sqft of space in five days and then we were out of town for a while...
cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it
0.0 The Plague of Doves
just couldn't get into this
madbkwm
madbkwm rated it
First of all, I would argue that this is a book of short stories (and as any of you who have read my reviews before know that means that at most it would qualify for a 4 star rating). This is not a prequal to The Round House (which I loved), it is simply backstory, and I’m not sure that the timing ...
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2.0 The Plague of Doves: A Novel (P.S.)
parts of this were astonishing, and other parts simply foundered. i kept being reminded of toni morrison's paradise and unfortunately the comparison left this wanting. there is too much left undone for me to be satisfied, too many characters who only exist to be the windows onto other characters. it...
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