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Anna Lee Walters

Teoksen Native American Literature Course Pack tekijä

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Includes the name: Anna L. Walters

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Associated Works

Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native American Short Stories (1991) — Avustaja — 188 kappaletta
Growing Up Native American (1993) — Avustaja — 168 kappaletta
Song of the Turtle: American Indian Literature 1974-1994 (1996) — Avustaja — 60 kappaletta

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Erdrich gives such a wonderful sense of character and place. Within the first 20 pages I really knew and understood at least 5 of the main characters and their motivations.
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Dairyqueen84 | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 15, 2022 |
This is a novel about a 13-year-old boy growing up in an Indian reservation in North Dakota. There is a lot of detail about his tribal culture. Their religious gathering, their folklore, their traditional dress, their food. Also a lot of detail about the footprints the Western culture left on their reservation. The Catholic church activities, the messiness surrounding how some lands belong to the tribe and some land belong to state government, the government construction that never gets done. And then the details surrounding social injustice, namely, when the boy protagonists's mother was raped by a white man, on a location she was unable to identify, the rapist could not be prosecuted because different laws apply to tribal land versus non-tribal land, tribal members versus non-tribal (a.k.a. white) members. Because they didn't know on what type of land the crime took place, they didn't know which law to use to prosecute the rapist, so the rapist ran free.

So this is a story about the boy and his family facing huge injustice living in an Indian reservation, and the measures taken by the boy (and his father, but the book focused on the boy) to deal with the injustice. When the plot focused on investigation and revenge, the book could read like a thriller novel. But the majority of the book is slow-paced, because the author wove into many details and reservation life, as well as plight of several of the boy's family and friends who live on the reservation.
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CathyChou | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 11, 2022 |
Louise Erdrich's books always start slowly for me. I find it hard to get into them, put them down and start something else. But then if I persevere a point comes where I can't stop reading until the book is finished. The Round House is a coming of age story narrated in the voice of a 13 year old boy whose mother was brutally assaulted. The setting is an indian reservation in North Dakota. The boy, Joe is the son of a judge in the tribal court. There is a mystery involved in The Round House, who assaulted Joe'During the course of the book we learn that the tribal courts on reservations are very limited when a non-native commits a crime on reservation land. This story took place in 1988, some of the limits to tribal jurisdictions have been corrected since then. We also learned that native american women are much more vulnerable to rape and assault and most such crimes do not result in an arrest or conviction. Many of the victims of rape on reservations are assaulted by non-native men. Joe struggles with identity, faith and responsibility and begins to grow into an adult man.… (lisätietoja)
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MMc009 | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 30, 2022 |
I often don't agree with the juries of various book awards, but this time the National Book Award people chose the right book. The Round House is just the right mix of suspense, psychological dilemmas, love and betrayal, social commentary, tribal and personal mythology and humor. I couldn't put it down, it was so rich in all aspects of life.

It is this abundance of all the different layers of life that I admire in Louise Erdrich's writing. I felt the story deeply. Joe was very realistically drawn with all the beliefs and baggage he already had before his mother was attacked and raped.

In some reviews I saw complaints about the digressions into mythology and the mention of ghosts. The book is set on an Indian reservation, how else can an author the culture and a people's concerns across?! In my eyes it was necessary to explain how the minds of Joe and the people around him worked. Erdrich showed the whole complexity of life.

I also hope that this novel will help to get the various governments to agree on a way to prosecute crimes by non Indians on tribal land, and to eliminate holes in the law.
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Marietje.Halbertsma | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 9, 2022 |



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