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The Round House by Louise Erdrich

The Round House (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Louise Erdrich

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Title:The Round House
Authors:Louise Erdrich
Info:Harper (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 336 pages
Collections:Your library, Read in 2012
Tags:North Dakota, reservation, Native Americans, Ojibwe, rape

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The Round House by Louise Erdrich (2012)

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    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (JenMDB)
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    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Alexie's Absolutely True Diary shows a teenager (a little older than Joe) struggling with the poverty, alcoholism and injustice found on the reservation and the bullying and racism he faces from the outside world. A similar theme of the heartaches of growing up on a reservation in an unjust world - Alexie's work shows more humor, though.… (more)
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    The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich (Limelite, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    Limelite: Not exactly a prequel, but featuring several of the same characters that appear in this more recent novel.
    BookshelfMonstrosity: If you want to read more about the characters and events portrayed in The Round House, read The Plague of Doves, which shares characters and events with the later novel.
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    Midwives by Chris Bohjalian (sweetiegherkin)
    sweetiegherkin: Both books deal with a huge family crisis (the rape of the mother in The Round House, the trial of the mother in Midwives) and are told from the point of view of the family's 12- to 14-year-old only child, interspersing the tragic with the everyday life of a preteen/teen; both books also have unexpected endings.… (more)
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    Waylaid by Ed Lin (Othemts)
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    A Time to Kill by John Grisham (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Less literary and as a legal thriller more focused on the courtroom drama, but Grisham's A Time To Kill focuses on similar problems of racism and unspeakable crimes and the drive for the victim's family to seek revenge.
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    Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese (Iudita)
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    Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich (JenMDB)

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Read for book club. First Erdrich book ever for me. Strong prose, a bit long-winded at times. Wasn't thrilled by the setting or time period. But I was thrilled by the spiritual - almost supernatural - elements, which were extremely well done. Fascinating glimpse of Ojibwe spiritual belief. The commentary on ghosts was particularly moving to me, the idea of being physically exhausted from allowing such a being into one's consciousness. I've been thinking about that a lot. Glad I read it.
  wintersdoor | Jul 2, 2017 |
Sometimes the big book awards appear to be given for political reasons. Often the big sellers are a result of a big marketing budget with plenty of PR hype. A few paragraphs into a book like THE ROUND HOUSE and I am reminded that some books are just good. As with authors like Marilynne Robinson, there is an obvious deep intelligence behind the deceptively simple prose. Ernest Hemingway in the feminine.

The device of using a 13 year old narrator with wisdom and maturity of a sage is curious, not in the least because it works. The plot, while portraying what President Obama called an assault on our national conscience, manages to be deeply satisfying and upsetting at the same time.

It is encouraging as a publisher to see this kind of quality. It makes me think that vigorous acquisitions might lead somewhere. A couple of pet peeves: give me quotation marks any day of the week, and enough with the deckle edges already. ( )
  Mark-Bailey | Jul 1, 2017 |
I received this book as a gift and I'm so glad I did. It's not something that I would likely have picked off the shelf and I was not familiar with the author, but the book was so good. The author builds a steady feeling of dread throughout the middle section of this book so subtly, while the characters are apparently getting on with their lives, finally bringing it to a conclusion that I didn't expect. I appreciate it when books surprise me, and do it fairly. ( )
  duchessjlh | Jun 13, 2017 |
OH MY GOD. I know I'm about 12,000 years late on this, but this book is incredible--so beautifully poetic even as it grapples with serious political issues. I honestly don't have enough synonyms for beautiful to describe it, honestly. By the end, I was very anxious about the characters and had trouble putting the book down. This might be the best book I've read this year so far. ( )
  aijmiller | Apr 11, 2017 |
This book started out good, but then it bogged down with filler material, but the last 70 pages were good. I didn't like the use of the F word time and time again, plus some other choice words. This book would have received 4 stars if not for the filler stuff and the F word. The storyline itself was a good one; however, the ending.........left me scratching my head. ( )
  travelgal | Feb 19, 2017 |
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With “The Round House,” her 14th novel, Louise Erdrich takes us back to the North Dakota Ojibwe reservation that she has conjured and mapped in so many earlier books, and made as indelibly real as Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County or Joyce’s Dublin. This time she focuses on one nuclear family — the 13-year-old Joe Coutts; his mother, Geraldine; and his father, Judge Antone Coutts — that is shattered and remade after a terrible event.

Although its plot suffers from a schematic quality that inhibits Ms. Erdrich’s talent for elliptical storytelling, the novel showcases her extraordinary ability to delineate the ties of love, resentment, need, duty and sympathy that bind families together. “The Round House” — a National Book Award finalist in the fiction category — opens out to become a detective story and a coming-of-age story, a story about how Joe is initiated into the sadnesses and disillusionments of grown-up life and the somber realities of his people’s history.
“The Round House” represents something of a departure for Erdrich, whose past novels of Indian life have usually relied on a rotating cast of narrators, a kind of storytelling chorus. Here, though, Joe is the only narrator, and the urgency of his account gives the action the momentum and tight focus of a crime novel, which, in a sense, it is. But for Erdrich, “The Round House” is also a return to form.
added by zhejw | editNew York Times, Maria Russo (Oct 12, 2012)
Each new Erdrich novel adds new layers of pathos and comedy, earthiness and spiritual questing, to her priceless multigenerational drama. “The Round House’’ is one of her best — concentrated, suspenseful, and morally profound.
Our reviewer, Alan Cheuse, is always in pursuit of great new books. And today, Louise Erdrich's latest "The Round House." I interviewed her earlier this week about the novel. Now, here's Alan's take and he says it's her best yet.
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Small trees had attacked my parents' home at the foundation.
"Women don't realize how much store men set on the regularity of their habits," Joe says. "Our pulse is set to theirs, and as always on a weekend afternoon we were waiting for my mother to start us ticking away on the evening."
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One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning. Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today. Amazon description.
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When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.… (more)

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