myshaggydogs, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by myshaggydogs)
Threaded, tangled, stretched out, soaring, exploding, ambling, friends, history, time, community, entanglements. Ending that holds it all in a snow globe. Wow. What a read.
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Elizabeth R, May 21, 2009 (view all comments by Elizabeth R)
A Wonderful story that pulls you in immediately and doesn't let go. A book that I longed to get back to reading, was sad to finish and made me look for more works from the author.
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Darker than many of Louise Erdrich's other works, A Plague of Doves is the story of the unsolved murder of a North Dakota family that will haunt the reader long after the pages have ceased turning.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Erdrich's 13th novel, a multigenerational tour de force of sin, redemption, murder and vengeance, finds its roots in the 1911 slaughter of a farming family near Pluto, N.Dak. The family's infant daughter is spared, and a posse forms, incorrectly blames three Indians and lynches them. One, Mooshum Milk, miraculously survives. Over the next century, descendants of both the hanged men and the lynch mob develop relationships that become deeply entangled, and their disparate stories are held together via principal narrator Evelina, Mooshum Milk's granddaughter, who comes of age on an Indian reservation near Pluto in the 1960s and '70s and forms two fateful adolescent crushes: one on bad-boy schoolmate Corwin Peace and one on a nun. Though Evelina doesn't know it, both are descendants of lynch mob members. The plot splinters as Evelina enrolls in college and finds work at a mental asylum; Corwin spirals into a life of crime; and a long-lost violin (its backstory is another beautiful piece of the mosaic) takes on massive significance. Erdrich plays individual narratives off one another, dropping apparently insignificant clues that build to head-slapping revelations as fates intertwine and the person responsible for the 1911 killing is identified." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day"
by Diana Postlethwaite, Ms. Magazine,
"At the heart of Louise Erdrich's incandescent novel stands a tree. Roots deep in the North Dakota soil....Ringed with mating and mayhem, friendship and betrayal, stories shared and secrets kept, this tree spreads its branches through the pages of Erdrich's book: from a gritty, colorful adventure of 19th-century town-site expeditioners one arctic winter to the rueful, darkly comic sexual explorations of a naive l970s teenager named (appropriately!) Evelina." (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)
by Booklist (starred review),
"Mesmerizing.... With both impeccable comic timing and a powerful sense of the tragic, Erdrich continues to illuminate, in highly original style, 'the river of our existence.'"
by Miami Herald,
"To read Louise Erdrich's thunderous new novel is to leap headlong into the fiery imagination of a master storyteller."
by Michiko Kakutani, New York Times,
"[Erdrich] has written what is arguably her most ambitious — and in many ways, her most deeply affecting — work yet."
by Philip Roth,
"Louise Erdrich's imaginative freedom has reached its zenith — The Plague of Doves is her dazzling masterpiece."
by Los Angeles Times,
"Erdrich moves seamlessly from grief to sexual ecstasy, from comedy...to tragedy, from richly layered observations of nature and human nature to magical realism. She is less storyteller than medium."
by USA Today,
"One can only marvel...at Erdrich's amazing ability to do what so few of us can — shape words into phrases and sentences of incomparable beauty that, then, pour forth a mesmerizing story."
by Booklist (Starred Review),
"Mesmerizing... Erdrich ...communicate[s] the complexity and the mystery of human relationships."
This bestselling work tells the quintessentially American story of the unsolved murder of a farm family that haunts the small, white town of Pluto, North Dakota, as well as the nearby Ojibwe reservation.
by Harper Collins,
The unsolved murder of a farm family still haunts the white small town of Pluto, North Dakota, generations after the vengeance exacted and the distortions of fact transformed the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation.
Part Ojibwe, part white, Evelina Harp is an ambitious young girl prone to falling hopelessly in love. Mooshum, Evelina's grandfather, is a repository of family and tribal history with an all-too-intimate knowledge of the violent past. And Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, who bears witness, understands the weight of historical injustice better than anyone. Through the distinct and winning voices of three unforgettable narrators, the collective stories of two interwoven communities ultimately come together to reveal a final wrenching truth.
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