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I’m not qualified to say how accurately the culture or history is portrayed. Since it’s a work of fiction, it doesn’t matter. Suffice it to say that the culture is spiritual but in a way that differs from our own, with deep ties to nature. Animals have names and serve as spirit guides, elders are honored, and dreams are visions that guide the tribe through difficult times.
If you’re looking for a western action-adventure, Circles will not be your cup of tea. The author takes you inside the hearts and minds of an almost mystical people, who live their lives in innocence, at peace with everyone and everything around them, lives filled with humor, mystery and wonder.
Some reviewers have worried about the long (and sometimes changing) names. These require a bit of work on the part of the reader but this so-called problem puts Circles in the same realm as books by Murikami, with unfamiliar Japanese names, or Garcia Marquez, whose Hundred Years of Solitude has many characters with identical names across generations. The brief introduction at the beginning of the book is worthwhile and can facilitate the understanding of the characters and culture.
Circles possesses a lyrical style, reminiscent of a book like The Little Prince, but with a unique view of American Indian culture. If you enjoy dwelling for a time in the hearts and minds of those with a different yet beautiful relationship with the world they live in, you will enjoy this book. It does what all good books do—it allows the reader to see a special world through different eyes.
A young boy is forced into early manhood by visions of a coming storm, represented by the looming Spanish ships on the horizon, and the blood that sings from earth, spilled by the race of men with hairy faces, their selfish attitudes and their weapons.
While the terrible future of Native Americans looms, we discover the depth of the people’s love for each other and how it is shared with all living beings including the wolves that inhabit the Canyon Lands.
Since every tribe member believes in one-another, no one stands out as odd or is shunned for their belief. Every person’s vision is valid. The sense of community displayed in this story is refreshing. Contrast that with family life today with its religious bickering and myriad differences of opinions.
This book is a rare glimpse of a life who’s symbol is drawn in the dust with the tip of an elder’s finger; a circle, and what that circle represents, a symbiosis of all livings things existing separately yet all as one. That every being has a purpose inside the ecology. A people who live off the abundant land without destroying it for its resources. In Circles , land is not owned by any person. Land ownership is a concept that arrives with Columbus in 1492. This book shows us, indeed refuses to let us ignore, the way of life that was destroyed.
The author takes you deep into the Fish peoples lives, weaves their history around you, and leaves you wanting to continue the journey. The writing is subtle, fluid, evocative, and expressive. The characters live and breath, jumping right off of the page and deep into your heart.
From the first chapter, truly the first paragraph, I was transported into the lives of the characters, feeling their joys, pains, their lives. The gentle way in which the author writes, you feel deeply full-filled. Your soul expands as you read, you wish for it to continue forever.
Overall, an exceptionally well balanced story-line, mixed with sprigs of gentle humor and just enough tension to keep the story moving forward, towards the end...or the next book, Spirals, coming out in November 2012!
Destined to be shelved with the historical greats such as Cecelia Holland, W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, and Jean M. Auel.
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