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There was the storyline I knew about that had drawn me to the book originally — that of a Native American mother who was brutally raped. Randall tells Joe that he saw a vision of a ghost standing over Joe in the flames, and he warns Joe to be careful. When Joe gets free time, he, Cappy, Zack, and Angus try to investigate the crime. He becomes dismayed to find that his father didn’t handle cases of great importance but rather small and petty cases that seemed more like a waste of time. They serve a specific purpose to give the son details he needs, but I felt they were a little forced. Here we get the vibrant portrait of a family on the reservation trying to recover from a brutal rape of the mother in

Joe, now set on his mission to kill Linden, tells Cappy what he intends to do. Alperna rated it did not like it May 25, So good that I’m writing my first review. Joe decides someone has to do something to protect his mother after he and his father run into the perpetrator in the store and his father has a heart attack after attacking him. 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. But when Joe and his pimply friends take some aspect of it into their hands things go absurdly haywire yet still end up yielding some bit of evidence. She feeds and mothers him when Geraldine descends into a paralysing depression, and she comes to his aid when his investigation leads to a dangerous discovery.

Jun 12, Donna Barnes rated it liked it Shelves: On two successive nights this week I woke suddenly, yelling out in fright. Further links to the subject of crimes against women on U. It is just one of those reads that left me sad when I finally closed it. Their devastation undermines his supports from them, so he seeks more from the company of his three close friends and from his extended family of uncles and aunts and his grandfather.

Another form of guidance for Joe derives from spirituality. With all that we did, we were trying to coax the soul back into her. Jul 29, Julie Christine rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: His transformation from young boy to adult was suddenly inevitable and the consequences unforeseen. The story unfolds 3. If you have read Erdrich before you know how good she is. This story elicited my outrage over the denial of justice to Native Americans throughout American history.


This is ironic because he is a judge. We are also shown how Native people have been treated by the American legal system.

But she also conveys a sense of community that few of us will ever experience, no matter how idyllic our childhood. When Bazil sees him at the grocery store, he and Joe attack Lark.

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The Antelope Wife was published innot long after housf separation from Michael and his subsequent suicide. I still haven’t forgiven Louise Erdrich for The Crown of Columbusthat bouse of a book she wrote with her then-husband, Michael Dorris. On Thursday, Linden shows up and Joe descends the hill with the rifle to prepare for his shot. Also, tribal laws had no ‘teeth’ with regards to crimes committed against Native Americans by non-Native Americans.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The Round House August 15 53 Sep 17, Joe tells his best friend Cappy of his plan, and Cappy supports him.

He walks around errrich for Cappy, hoping that he has already gone to seek help. Lists with This Book. Louise Erdrich now has me as a fan, even though I’ve previously resisted reading her adult novels.

plo The suspense in the book was way too drawn out since so many cultural and traditional aspects of the Indian reservation near Bismarck in North Dakota was worked into the plot. In my view, she deserved the National Book Award for this effort. Laura rated it liked it Nov 08, The story goes along rapidly, very action focused, until around page where you take a side trip to one person’s background story.


Return to Book Page. So if you get the urge to dash out and pick up a copy roind The Round House all I can advise is make it so. Retrieved from ” https: Nov 12, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: Okay, the main character, Joe, did struggle with the bi I hate cilantro; even a tiny bit can ruin an otherwise wonderful dish. Joe shoots Linden in the stomach, botching the job, and then freezes. When he takes off its head to pour out the extra water, Joe finds forty thousand dollars inside.

As Geraldine sinks further into depression, Joe begins to spend more time with his uncle Whitey and his aunt by marriage Sonja, a former stripper, for whom Joe lusts. Quotes from The Round House.

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Religious ceremonies, among other events, take place there. The Round House, 3 Stars 1 12 Jul 29, After all it won the National Book Award and errrrryone frdrich awards are never handed out to anything other than books which should be 5 Starred by the entire universe. We try to press against the boundaries of what we are allowed, walk a step past the edge.

View the Study Pack. I thought the ideas behind this book deserved a slightly better execution. The New York Times review can be found here. I was born with a bit of a deficiency. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Smumary will definitely engage. There is much joy and humor throughout the tale despite the dark theme of the impacts of an unprosecuted rape.

She worked at various jobs, such as hoeing sugar beets, farm work, waitressing, short order cooking, lifeguarding, and construction work, before becoming a writer. It is an exploration of tribal law and the protracted effort by the federal government to chip away at Native American sovereignty. This is an author, and a story that I want to include in my grand picture.