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Just try to imagine a novel that encompasses all these elements: a lynching on an Indian reservation, a young womans lesbian awakening, a mans kidnapping of his wife, a multiple murder, a collection of rare postage stamps, a dim-witted Catholic priest, a rape, a twisted messianic preacher, a valuable violin, a womans murder of her husband, a tragic automobile crash, and an extended stay in a mental hospital. If a novel is a work of fiction in which something happens, as Joseph Heller once suggested, Louise Erdrichs novel, The Plague of Doves, has the makings of at least a dozen books. Yet somehow it all works, through the magic of Erdrichs surpassing genius. Multiple narrators, on and off the reservationThe Plague of Doves is set in North Dakota, in the small town of Pluto and the nearby Chippewa reservation. Erdrich tells her story through the perspective of four narrators, with additional stories nested into their tales as elders recount the tragic history of the region. The story overflows with characters, and it takes awhile to understand how closely theyre all connected. The suspense builds, the pieces fall into place, and the the full picture eventually emerges in startling clarity. The Plague of Doves is a brilliant example of a story in the hands of a writer at the peak of her art. Its at once a snapshot of Native American history, a coming-of-age story, and a novel of suspense. As the title suggests, a time when passenger pigeons darkened the skies of the American West figures in this tale. Their numbers were such that nobody thought they could possibly ever be wiped from the earth. But they were, just as surely as the herds of thundering buffalo were reduced to a handful of survivors and the Native American population itself was nearly exterminated. No stereotypes on this reservationA young woman named Evelina Harp, one-quarter Chippewa like the author, is the first of the books four narrators. Heres how she thinks of herself: I didnt really fit in with anybody. We were middle-class BIA Indians, and I wanted to go to Paris. And heres how she describes her family: We are a tribe of office workers, bank tellers, book readers, and bureaucrats. The wildest of us . . . is a short-order cook, and the most heroic of us (my father) teaches. In other words, you wont find any stereotypes on this Indian reservation. Yes, alcohol has taken its toll on some of the characters, and others have acted out their response to the genocide in their heritage, but every one of their stories is unique. In the words of one tribal elder when speaking about a young man who had turned to drugs and crime, He was a bad thing waiting for a worse thing to happen. A mistake, but one that we kept trying to salvage because he was so young. Erdrichs characters are as real as they can be. About the authorLouise Erdrich is a National Book Award-winning novelist of mixed Native American, German, and French heritage. She is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, which her maternal grandfather served as tribal chairman. Both her parents were schoolteachers. LaRose is her fifteenth adult novel. Check it out!
From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. The dazzling performance of Kathleen McInerney and Peter Francis James creates the sense of a full-cast audio with voices ranging from childhood to the aged with everything in between. With the rhythms of a charming entertainer, Mooshum, a family patriarch, spins tall tales from the days of magical happenings and sad realities. Billy, half-visionary and half-lunatic, is performed as both spellbinding and dangerous. As Antoine Brazil Coutts, James sounds judicious, fair and hesitant at revealing too much. McInerney covers a range of women: Marm, Billy’s wife, has an emotionless voice, like one who has to preserve every drop of energy for pending disasters; and Evalina’s light lilt with a faint Native American intonation is perfect. Despite the epic cast, the narrators never leave the listener confused. Passages of fiddle music are a lovely addition. This audio is a model recording of one of America’s best novelists. A Harper hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 14). (May) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Plague of Doves Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged by Louise Erdrich (Author) Review
I love this author. Her stories are unlike any I’ve ever read in contemporary fiction. This particular book was based on a series of short stories, so it reads similarly with some intentional transitions trying to connect them together. My academic book club (we are all professors) were mixed–I enjoyed it, others found it slow and harder to read. I recommend it as we need more indigenous voices in literature and this tells wonderful stories from this perspective. -Read Reviews-
The stories in this book center on people loosely connected to the murder of a family, and the lynching of three innocent . Ojibwe men in the early 1900s in retaliation, and there is a sort of mystery threading through the plot about who really did it. Some sections, particularly the opening chapters, and those about the relationship between an evangelical religious sect leader and his wife, feature the intense, emotional scenes that Erdrich writes about so vividly. Other parts – like the closing chapters – seem more about trying to tie things together. I will certainly read more by Erdrich, for when she is in full flight the pages are alive with energy.
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