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The Round House - Louise Erdrich
The Round House
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One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son,... show more
One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared. While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning. Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062065247 (0062065246)
ASIN: 62065246
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages no: 321
Edition language: English
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4.0 Review of The Round House by Louise Erdrich
I have discovered a new author that I enjoy very much. Louise Erdrich's novel won the National Book Award, and sometimes that can be a big hit or miss with how much I enjoy it. This one was a hit for me as I loved her writing style, character development, and the fact that she did not necessarily ...
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Kindred's Reading Challenge: #8 A National Book Award Winner
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3.0 The Round House
infuriating, heartbreaking, and occasionally hilarious.
Sterek
Sterek rated it
Reading some of the reviews, I think that I might be the only one not really loving this book?I mean, I almost feel bad writing that, because of the theme of the book, and because of the afterword, but the book just didn’t grab me in any noteworthy way.It’s about Joe, a 13 year old boy in 1988. And ...
staciebnsn
staciebnsn rated it
Depressing and emotionally difficult, but extremely well-written, particularly the combination of events in the novel and somewhat related folk tales. Great pacing.
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