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Cry Dance Paperback – February 24, 2010
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The prologue starts with a young woman, Lorinda, accused of a murder she must have done but claims she is innocent. After I have worked for 43 years in the justice system I have heard that before. Yeah, right. And the story gets better. It is a "reality" novel because Lorinda faces and deals with some quite personal issues that she allows to change her way of being. The story had me thinking about issues I found quite challenging like the very first question about the reality of death. There is a beauty in the way the story ends in that it brings me back to its birth in Bishop and the Paiute culture.
Beautifully written, Cry Dance is a complex and intriguing work.
It's easy to see that Bonner was trying to write this novel in the Native American style; she started in the middle and then went back to the beginning, and there's Native American elements to it, (magical realism, etc,) but the rushed feel of the novel is in direct contrast to "Indian Time," which she even mentions several times in the novel. I also found the Native American imagery a little heavy handed at times. (For the art of writing about Indians in fiction, see anything by Sherman Alexie.)
The most engaging parts of the novel were when we were shown Richard's experiences in Iraq and when we discover Bonnie's fate after the fire. Overall, I believe that Bonnie was a stronger character than Lorinda and that if the author wanted to write about the Native American experience, then Bonnie would have worked better as a protagonist.
There were several things about this novel that I enjoyed,(especially toward the end with the hostage situation,) but in the end, it fell short in characterization and pacing. It took me about three hours to read, but in the end, I came away feeling a little unsatisfied.
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After I started reading the book "Cry Dance" I couldn't put it down; therefore, I carried it wit me all day until I finished. Read morePublished on August 20, 2010 by betty brandson