Sunday, March 15, 2015

Review: The Painted Drum

The Painted Drum
The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sad, beautiful and lyrical, this story revolves around a tribal drum with its roots in tragedy. This is the second book I have read by Ms. Erdrich and I was delighted to recognize the brief appearance of a couple of characters from The Round House. She manages to make the stories and visions of her Ojibwe characters completely believable, even when unbelievable things happen, like a dead girl telling her father to find her bones. At the same time, her troubled, imperfect characters are imbued with skepticism, doubt and disbelief, not only about the old traditions, but about human nature itself. The stories within the story have few happy endings, but there is clearly love and redemption at the end of it all.

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