The writing was very good! The subject matter is heavy. There is a lot that happened in this book. I can't quite give it 4 stars. It was a good read, but I didn't really love getting back to it. There was a lot of pain and sadness that made it a hard one to love.
I liked it and read it pretty quickly but it lacked something. I think maybe it was the lack of connection I felt to the characters. Decent read but you know when a book just won‘t be that memorable? One of those for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #indigenousauthor #booked2019
Joe‘s mom is brutally attacked on their Indian reservation and the killer is in limbo between the laws of the reservation and the law off of the reservation. Good look at how the laws are slanted when it comes to reservation happenings. Sometimes hard to read. The need for this story is there but the final was not as I expected. I didn‘t feel that the mom was taken to a peaceful feeling of safety once again in her home.
One hell of a novel with one hell of an ending, one I wish I hadn‘t had to read. I knew it was coming, sensed it, just ... did not want. A beautifully written, smart book that touches on the rapes and sexual assaults of Native women (in this case, an Anishnaane/Ojibwe woman) and what remains, tribal law, and so much more. Boys, the dumb things they do, some deeply hilarious scenes, sad scenes, etc. Louise Erdrich puts the world in her books. 5⭐️
“The grass had not been mowed yet, but the area where cars parked was covered with scrubby little plants. Horses had pulled all the good plants up by the roots and now tense little weeds rasped beneath the tires of my bike.”
This book is so beautifully written! Sad, funny (I just burst out laughing at the four boys listening to the older women talking about how they could learn to stay hard for five hours 😂), so smart. I love Erdrich‘s books.
It‘s been a while since I‘ve devoured an entire book in one day, but I couldn‘t stop listening to this.
My second by Erdrich, and I think it‘s safe to say I‘m a fan. Very well-written, powerful coming-of-age story of a Native American boy trying to deal with the horrible rape of his mom. This story is devastating, but also touching, funny, and beautiful, and it packs a major punch.
My #indigenousauthor book for #Booked2019 ✔️
This was a denser book - a bit of a slow burn, but very well written. It shows the culture of Native American people during a time or strong divide. It centers around an attack and the violence and racism that influence the hatred behind the attack. This was a really deep book with strong characters. #indigenousauthor #booked2019
Definitely will stay with me for a long time. Incredible writing and characterization. Please read if you are interested in reservation life in the 80s to current time.
#Booked19 11/24 (indigenous author) @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen
The beginning of the book started off with a “bang”, so to speak, and it kind of ended that way, as well, but it was pretty slow-going in the middle. Overall, it was ok for me. I liked one of the other characters‘ stories a bit better (but that could also be because it was condensed) – Linda. The author included some sad stats at the end of the book, with regards to native women and rape.
While this was a good book, I had to stop in the middle and read something else to lighten myself up a bit. Definitely worth reading, but now I need to read something completely different. #Booked2019
This novel tells a powerful coming of age story. 13 year old Joe, his parents, friends & family find themselves coping, healing & moving thru life‘s complexities following the brutal rape of Joe‘s mother on their Indian Reservation. Masterfully written! This story touches the soul in such a heartbreaking way. Trigger warnings for rape, crime against women (Open Canon Book Club- February 2019 ) #opencanonbookclub #wileycash
An engrossing coming of age novel that truly exemplifies the chilling change adulthood burdens one with. The narrative was beautiful and all the characters were strangely compelling. The author doesn‘t use quotation marks, which I found odd at first; yet the stylistic choice highlights perhaps the unreliability of first person narrative.
The ending sent shivers down my spine! It‘s a little quick and disorienting, but it finishes the story well.
Erdrich did many things in this book: telling the story of Joe & his family's struggle to cope after his mother is attacked, discussing the impact that trauma has on a woman & family, emphasizing the difficulties faced by Native Americans when working with US government. This lays the foundation for an interesting story and it is well-written. It dragged at times though, and when I put it down I felt no rush to return. But interesting to consider.
On this #EclecticReaders #Podcast episode we announce exciting news about a VE Schwab interview, talk about award-winning books (Do awards matter? Are award winning books reflective of the current culture?) then we discuss The Round House; not just about the terrible event, but how the gov has affected their society and their sense of justice... and also Star Trek. TRIGGER WARNING: Rape, Violence Against Women. eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/53
When 13 year old Joe's mother is brutally beaten and raped, he and his family struggle to come to terms with the incident and the aftermath. There are so many levels to this -- how his mothet, his father and he all deal with it, issues of justice, healing, family, and friendship. Joe s father's role as a tribal judge and the implications of the legal systems between tribal land and off-tribal land also plays a large role in the story.
(Part 3) Obviously this was a fictitious story but the fact that 1 in 3 Native women will be raped in her lifetime (not counting women who do not report) and 86% of sexual assaults are done by non-Native men is NOT fictitious. ("Maze of Injustice" 2009 report by Amnesty International) I absolutely love a book that educates me on an issue which I have lacking knowledge about. So if you wanna get your socks blown off, read the book. It's worth it.
(Part 2) We as readers got such a teaser there for how the conflict would resolve and I know personally I couldn't stop chewing my nails worrying, "is THIS is the moment Cappy dies!?" Though I'm still not entirely convinced why Cappy needed to die at all... Next, can we talk about how educational this was on the plight of indigenous people in the US, especially Native women??
(Part 1) Wow. This book is extremely powerful and difficult to unpack. First off, the narration is excellent. The story is told from the perspective of Joe as an adult reflecting on his childhood, and there are often added tidbits from older Joe that intice the reader and help keep the story exciting. When Cappy was first introduced as "a white cross on the Montana Hi-Line," I was shooketh.
"Okay, I said, where's the luck? ... I wrenched the head off the doll to dump out the rest of the water, and there was my luck. Right there. The doll was packed with money."
It was a nice surprise when, a few pages after reading this passage, I found a pressed-flat four leaf clover left behind by the last reader. There is a beauty in sharing a book, and I thank the last reader for sharing their luck with me.
We‘re discussing The Round House on the October podcast episode, which won the National Book Award, so we‘re going to spend a bit of time talking about book awards in general. How do you feel about them? Leave a comment and we may read it during the episode! #EclecticReaders #EclecticQuestion
Beautifully written, heartbreaking coming of age tale set on an Indian reservation. There is a pretty horrifying crime that sets off the chain of events but there are also touches of sweetness and humor. While the rape is the catalyst for the events, this isn't a crime story or mystery - but there are elements of both - as much as it is about Joe leaving childhood behind.
I'm really enjoying this one. The event at the center of the story is horrifying but Erdrich's writing just sucks me in. I like Oops and his dad and worry about them. Also interesting to read about life on a reservation. I read Love Medicine so many years ago and also recommend that one.
Beautiful and complex. We discussed this at #bookclub on Monday evening and I didn‘t even realize some of the details involved in the storyline. Several of the members read this book for the plot, but I have realized I read more for the feelings and overarching themes that were presented throughout. Namely: injustices suffered by Native Americans, violence towards women, coming of age, innocence, justice and so much more. This book has it all. 🌟
This was just, so, perfect. Elegant, wise, moral, perceptive...and just ballsy. She pulls off a suspenseful mystery, a family drama, a coming-of-age story, and a deep-dive into justice and revenge. And BONUS: this edition includes an author interview worth studying by itself for the insights on writing. This one climbed in my basket while I was looking for something else. That was a lucky day.
My beautiful breakfast this morning with my new book! Blueberry lemon scone 🍋 and sriracha eggs 🍳 with lemon black tea ☕️ 😋
The Roundhouse is the newest #bookclub read and so far it‘s so so good!! #bookandbreakfast
Although l started the year with a bail, January has actually been a good month. Here are the phisical books l finished.
The non-fiction about the Weimar Republic had been languishing for a long time.
Not shows The Neverending Story, which l hope to finish today
My first ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 2018!
This beautiful novel was poignant and perfectly written, layered and full of simple but deep moments. I was emotionally and profoundly moved; Joe and his family will be with me for a long time and I look forward to reading more of Erdrich‘s work.
I‘m over halfway through and finding this book compelling and authentic. #recommendsday