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How--and why--could such a deception last so long? That's the first mystery. The second begins when Father Jude Miller (a name familiar to readers of The Beet Queen) arrives to investigate the life of Sister Leopolda (or Pauline Puyat, another familiar name). Was Leopolda a saint? Or its opposite, whatever that is? Miracles, after all, are a part of the reservation's everyday life; for every nun's stigmata there's a secular wonder like the death of Nanapush. Indeed, the chapter detailing this old trickster's demise is the kind of earthy, tragicomic fable Erdrich does to perfection, including as it does an extended trial by moose, death by flatulence, and not one but two lustful resurrections.
Erdrich's writing is at its best when she chronicles the bittersweet humor of reservation life. It's at its worst, sadly, when she cranks up the fog machine and goes for the violins. ("He had the odd sensation that petals drifted in the air between them, petals of a fragrant and papery citrus velvet," she tells us, telegraphing Father Jude's attraction to a woman.) But at least the book's sins are sins of ambition--this is a novelist who revisits the same territory because the capaciousness of her vision demands it. Readers may forgive Erdrich's vagueness about Father Damien's religious calling, but they will never forget her images, as lovely and surprising as figures glimpsed in a dream: the devil in the shape of a black dog, his paw in a bowl of soup; freshly planted pansies, nodding at the priests' feet "like the faces of spoiled babies"; a woman in a billowing white nightdress riding a grand piano through the "gray soup" of a flood. Moments like these are small miracles of their own. --Mary Park --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The characters are well developed, the story is interesting, and the style of her writing is sometimes breathtaking.
The story started out very slowly but, halfway through this novel, each page became a gem and when the story had ended it was a wonderful tale.
This one was a little hard to follow with all the native language thrown in with little translation and too many characters.
Louise Erdrich is one of my favorite authors. This book and The Master Butcher's Singing Club are my favorites but I love all her books--Round House, The Blue Jay's Dance--all of... Read morePublished 3 days ago by GG
This was the most difficult Louise Erdrich book which I have ever read, and I have read almost all her novels. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Bonita R. Siegal PhD
I generally love Louise Erdrich's books and stories. However, while the basic story was a good premise, I found it difficult to follow.Published 25 days ago by Carla H
I love Erdrich, and this is probably my favorite Erdrich novel. It's especially interesting if you have already read Tracks -- a great example of "the story comes up different... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mimi
Extraordinary book written beautifully and telling a mystical tale of missionary work among indigenous peoples during the 20th centuryPublished 1 month ago by susan t johnson
A little too weird for my liking. Even when I was done I was not sure it was a story or non-fiction. Not what I expected. Read morePublished 1 month ago by donna j polagye
A remarkable novel, a depth of narrative rarely encountered.Published 1 month ago by mary sue dobbin