The Round House

The Round House An exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family One of the most revered nove

An exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.One of the most revered novelists of our time a brilliant chronicler of Native American life Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves wiAn exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.One of the most revered novelists of our time a brilliant chronicler of Native American life Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich s The Round House is a page turning masterpiece of literary fiction at once a powerful coming of age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.

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  1. Karen Louise Erdrich is a American author of novels, poetry, and children s books Her father is German American and mother is half Ojibwe and half French American She is an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe nation also known as Chippewa She is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant Native writers of the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renaissance.For information, please see answers topic louise eFrom a book description Author Biography Louise Erdrich is one of the most gifted, prolific, and challenging of contemporary Native American novelists Born in 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota, she grew up mostly in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where her parents taught at Bureau of Indian Affairs schools Her fiction reflects aspects of her mixed heritage German through her father, and French and Ojibwa through her mother She worked at various jobs, such as hoeing sugar beets, farm work, waitressing, short order cooking, lifeguarding, and construction work, before becoming a writer She attended the Johns Hopkins creative writing program and received fellowships at the McDowell Colony and the Yaddo Colony After she was named writer in residence at Dartmouth, she married professor Michael Dorris and raised several children, some of them adopted She and Michael became a picture book husband and wife writing team, though they wrote only one truly collaborative novel, The Crown of Columbus 1991.The Antelope Wife was published in 1998, not long after her separation from Michael and his subsequent suicide Some reviewers believed they saw in The Antelope Wife the anguish Erdrich must have felt as her marriage crumbled, but she has stated that she is unconscious of having mirrored any real life events.She is the author of four previous bestselling andaward winning novels, including Love Medicine The Beet Queen Tracks and The Bingo Palace She also has written two collections of poetry, Jacklight, and Baptism of Desire Her fiction has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle 1984 and The Los Angeles Times 1985 , and has been translated into fourteen languages Several of her short stories have been selected for O Henry awards and for inclusion in the annual Best American Short Story anthologies The Blue Jay s Dance, a memoir of motherhood, was her first nonfiction work, and her children s book, Grandmother s Pigeon, has been published by Hyperion Press She lives in Minnesota with her children, who help her run a small independent bookstore called The Birchbark.

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  1. The Round House is a knockout of a book.Louise Erdrich is one of the true deities in America s literary Olympus With The Round House she has used her mythic creative powers to give us a book that can be read as a page turner about a terrible crime, the attempt to identify the criminal and take action, or as a rich, layered look at a culture in a place and time, and a lad coming of age within it, the tale imbued with telling details, a colorful palette of imagery and cultural significance Or best [...]

  2. Louise Erdrich now has me as a fan, even though I ve previously resisted reading her adult novels There are two reasons for this 1 As part of my Native American studies curriculum, I tried reading her children s book The Birchbark House to a class of second graders It bored them to tears so I stopped reading the book aloud to them and abandoned it altogether 2 Louise Erdrich was married to Michael Dorris, a professor writer whose claim to Native American heritage was called into question I m sti [...]

  3. There is obviously a lot of erudition about Native American lore, folkways and post colonization history that went into this book There is also clearly a lot of love put into the detailed recreation of life on a reservation in the 1980s And there are also the bones of a classic coming of age story here, along with some memorable characters the randy foul mouthed octagenarian grandparents, the quirky postmistress who was abandoned by her white family and is a rare adopted in Native American, the [...]

  4. A perfect novel to me, with Erdrich at the top of her game Through several of her past books, she has a great track record in bringing to life a memorable line of characters in the Ojibwe tribe in North Dakota over different epochs of history Here we get the vibrant portrait of a family on the reservation trying to recover from a brutal rape of the mother in 1988 The story is from the perspective of a 13 year old boy, Joe, with occasional overviews that reveal the fictional narrator is making se [...]

  5. This is a wonderful, moving book, I m sure it will be one of my reading highlights this year Picked it up at Newark airport last January Great, interesting and fascinating story, variety of great and weird characters, a bit of surreal supernatural woven in, insights into the culture, traditions and life on an Indian reservation, the love of family and friends, a coming of age story which made me think a bit of Stand By Me It s the story of Joe, 13 years old, living on an Indian reservation in No [...]

  6. The Round House is narrated by Joe, a thirteen year old Indian boy I hate the term Native American it sounds patronising to my ears unless you re going to call all white Americans ex Europeans or some such nonsense Indians might be daft but at least like cowboys it summons up the exotic wonder and affection of childhood living on a reservation when the events depicted in the novel take place When his mother is raped and becomes a shell of her former self Joe is catapulted into a premature spirit [...]

  7. I hate cilantro even a tiny bit can ruin an otherwise wonderful dish I mostly hate ghosts, mythology, dreams, religion, and political messages, and these topics all ruined an otherwise fine novel I realize it s a long list of dislikes, but really, a novel should be all about character and plot development The characters were sort of boring or too stereotypical, and the plot, though interesting, was too broken up for me to appreciate it Okay, the main character, Joe, did struggle with the big iss [...]

  8. Told from the perspective of a 13 year old Indian boy in 1988, it is the story of how the brutal rape of his mother effects his life, the life of his family and his community A New York Times best seller, many must find this book compelling, however I found the writing tedious and had a hard time finishing.

  9. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum First things first, yes I am going to use gifs even whilst reviewing a real modern day classic Don t like it Suck it.Okay Now that that is out of the way let me ask you all a question Are you a lunatic like me and sometimes actively seek out something in hopes that it will make you feel bad If not, let me splain things I was born with a bit of a deficiency It takes a lot to make me have any emotion aside from happiness or anger The combo of a new position [...]

  10. Just an observation of the truth I initially gave The Round House 3 stars It is a good read, with some excellent characterization and I read it at a decent pace and enjoyed it while doing so However, when I was done with it, I was like well, that was good, what s next I was hoping for it to induce than that in me After discussing it with my book club, I moved up my opinion of it I am content to give it 4 stars in the end.The good thing about this novel is that the suspense builds nicely, the st [...]

  11. On two successive nights this week I woke suddenly, yelling out in fright In my dreams I was moments away from becoming the victim of a horrific assault Shaken, I turned on the light, shifting uncomfortably in sheets soaked in my sweat, and I reached for The Round House Louise Erdrich s profound novel haunted my dreams and moved me to tears and laughter in my waking hours.Geraldine Coutts, an Ojibwe living on a reservation in North Dakota, doesn t escape from her nightmare On a gentle spring Sun [...]

  12. Onvan The Round House Nevisande Louise Erdrich ISBN 62065246 ISBN13 9780062065247 Dar 323 Safhe Saal e Chap 2012

  13. With many thanks to my friend, Will Byrnes, I read The Round House and while stingy with five stars, this book was without question, five stars If I could give it , I would.I had prior knowledge of the problem of crimes against women on U S Indian Reservations specifically the inability of determining jurisdiction of areas, adding to the fact due to a U.S Supreme Court ruling that on the reservation, non Indians cannot be charged with crimes committed on Indian reservations, so I wasn t surprise [...]

  14. I was in a rush to finish this tonight before the National Book Award winner was announced, and I got to the last page right as the ceremony was starting It ended up winning this year s award, so I m glad I chose this novel to read over the other two I didn t get to.In an Ojibwe community, a mother is brutally raped The novel is told from her son s perspective as their family tries to heal and they attempt to catch who did this horrible thing Most of it is told in the time of the story, but occa [...]

  15. I still haven t forgiven Louise Erdrich for The Crown of Columbus, that turd of a book she wrote with her then husband, Michael Dorris National Book Award winner, or not, quite honestly, I only read this one because I needed a book set in North Dakota for my Reading the 50 States challenge I was actually fine with the main storyline of how a mother s brutal rape affects the entire family, UNTIL Erdrich began introducing minor characters with stories to tell that were far richer and compelling t [...]

  16. Spring 1988 A woman is attacked and brutally raped somewhere in the Indian reservation Joe, the thirteen year old son of Geraldine Coutts experienced the shock, horror and drama of his mother s condition when he and his father, Bazil, the tribal judge rushed her off to hospital Geraldine s only way of recovering was to shut herself up in a shell of silence and darkness, while the young boy struggled to grow up before the sun rose the next morning Together with his father, and his best friends, C [...]

  17. Maybe it s my age 68 Maybe it s a peculiar idiosyncrasy that I am unable to tolerate ANY passages in a novel that seem to be aimed at teaching me something.I do like to be taught But in a novel, any teachings have to be cleverly disguised, and just sort of snuck into the plot Maybe all that I learned about the Chippewa in North Dakota, and the injustices they and other Native groups face from our country s stupid fractured legal system, and life on the reservation maybe that learning deserves 4 [...]

  18. This is one of those stories I can t imagine ever forgetting WOW WOW WOW The WRITING by Louise Erdrich was EXCEPTIONAL I wish I had words to describe what she did on paper what I liked SOOOOOOOOO much I loved how the author inserted ADULT Joe like a drop of spilled water into the story then carried on BEING young Joe smooth as silk Readers ALMOST didn t notice what SHE was doing I loved how the author gave us enough information needed but not too much DAMN I m sorry I wish I knew how to write a [...]

  19. Easily the best book I ve read in 2012 So good that I m writing my first review The Round House is beautiful, sobering, and heartbreaking, yet manages some humorous moments as well At its surface, this book is about a rape committed on an Ojibwe reservation, the aftermath of this brutality At its heart, it is about what we call soul wounds , redemption, the abiding love a boy has for his mother, the coming of age of a boy whose life is defined by one tragic event, and the sad truth of how powerl [...]

  20. National Book Award Not for me An important Native American legal loophole was brought to light when a Native American woman is raped by a non native man, legal jurisprudence is lacking For me, this could have been done effectively with a tighter, focused story.I cared about Joe, the 13 year old whose mother was raped I appreciated the author s authentic voice and her use of elder s stories when they directly related to the storyline.What I didn t like was all of those rambling side stories Mo [...]

  21. Recht versus Gerechtigkeit Eine beeindruckende menschliche Geschichte Erdrich dringt in den dunkelsten Winkel eines Menschen und so zum Grund der Wahrheit ber eine ganze Gemeinschaft vor Der 13 j hrige Joe und seine drei Freunde Cappy, Zack und Angus f hren ein unbeschwertes Leben in einem Reservat in North Dakota Eines Tages wird Joe s Mutter Geraldine Opfer eines brutalen bergriffs, bei dem sie sich in letzter Minute retten kann Schwer traumatisiert und depressiv verl t sie ihr Zimmer nicht me [...]

  22. The National Book Award Winner for Fiction 2012 My rating 3.5 of 5 starsA copy of The Round House was provided to me by Harper Collins for review purposes The sun fell onto the kitchen floor in golden pools, but it was an ominous radiance, like the piercing light behind a western cloud In 1988, thirteen year old Joe is forever changed when he and his father come home to find his mother covered in blood She had been attacked, but she managed to get away to safety Joe is unable to understand the d [...]

  23. Don t you Indians have your own hospital over there It s 1988 and Joe and his father have brought his grievously injured mother to the hospital He doesn t evade his interlocutor s gaze his mother has taught him how to respond when such sentiments break out.There has been a crime But because this is a reservation and because the location of the scene of the crime isn t clear, the perpetrator walks His mother has been devastated His idolized father, a tribal judge, is suddenly stripped of superher [...]

  24. It was a Sunday morning in the spring of 1988 that Geraldine Coutts, a member of the Ojibwe tribe of North Dakota, whose job and responsibility it was to determine eligibility for tribal membership, hurriedly and appearing distraught, left her home for an unexpected meeting When she returned home later that day to her husband Bazil and son Joe, they were shocked by her condition covered with blood and appearing to be in shock Geraldine Coutts had been severely beaten and brutally raped and the p [...]

  25. I am not even going to try and review this book because Will did such a fantastic job of it already review show I only want to add that the friendship between Joe and his best friend Cappy was so affecting it almost killed me.

  26. I forgot that when reading Erdrich, I need to play close attention and remember everything because everything has meaning or returns later in some fashion.I absolutely love the way this woman writes.It seems that there have been readers who thought they would be getting a crime solving mystery with this book and have been disappointed I think there is as much crime solving mystery here as there is in To Kill a Mockingbird Actually, if you mix that book with Stand By Me and some Sherman Alexie, I [...]

  27. Louise Erdrich surprises me every time.I feared that this book was going in one direction for almost 85% of its progression But, behaving like the stealth predators she references repeatedly here, Louise Erdrich restructures the assumptions and compels the reader to reassess.We are then trapped.So much is brought together in the last 15% that this reader will certainly re read this book.History, the Spirit world, our depraved political and legal nightmares, and the redefinitions of justice and c [...]

  28. Wonderful novel, with an ending so stark and sharp and haunting At times the narrative wanders in ways that frustrate but Erdrich s talent is undeniable and this novel reminds me of Possessing the Secret of Joy for what it does to create fiction that both tells a story and makes a political statement This book is well worth the read.

  29. Another beautifully written book by Louise Erdrich that weaves a magical aura around the reader The characters and circumstances in this novel will make you think long after you are done reading.

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