Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: The Round House

The Round House
The Round House by Louise Erdrich

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found myself thinking about 1/4 of the way into this book, "Why the hell haven't I ever read Louise Erdrich's novels before?" The story and the writing were excellent. I have a little bit of exposure to tribal organizations through my work, and so the references to BIA and laws applying to reservations were somewhat familiar. There are several mysteries wrapped into this book, but it probably worked best as a coming-of-age tale that explored the notion of morality in the face of evil. Erdrich's characters felt true-to-life to me, and I always appreciate an author who can capture the way teenagers think/express themselves. The stories about the history of the tribal people as told through the dreams of the grandfather (Mooshum) brought the ongoing trials of Native men and women to life without being preachy. Lots going on in this book - makes me want to re-read parts of it, but first I am going to find another Erdrich novel and read that.

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