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Artfully Mixed In With The mixed in with the destitute conditions of the surrounding poor white farmers or the white trash who operate the few businesses on the rez This conflation is the book s strength it is honest about the poverty of all and deals with the Native plight racism etc by subtle measures within that encompassing destitution The book is never about Indians It strives
from the outset to be about everyone Lyrical writing and a strong sense of place can t save this novel the outset to be about everyone Lyrical writing and a strong sense of place can t save this novel leaps from narrator to narrator back and forward through a span of years as it tells the intertwined story of a tiny community on the Chippewa Reservation of northern Minnesota Relationships are complex with family defined by emotional ties than genetic ones and multiple vignettes flash by in search of a plot The title character a physically and mentally challenged boy is little than a thread wandering through the scenes without either tying them together or giving them depth Beautiful lyric writing Complex and artful A stunner that has aged well Although I am no longer a fan of the many points of view Style and novels this
one does it well I think what I like best is how much is left unexplained from all does it well I think what I like best is how much is left unexplained from all many points of you And there are sometimes where the author has some issues and keeping voice consistent My personal bias is that he is weak in some of the female characters and one of the priests However I gobbled it up and relished the writing. Hat alter the landscape in the bitter winter It was the snow that first brought them Donovan the boy who acts as caretaker for Little the strange younger brother who was born with fused claws for hands All through his short and enigmatic life Little had only one word
READ Ð E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ì David TreuerI really enjoyed it This is the story of a Ojibwe family in a reservation in Northern Minnesota their struggle against the system that is made to oppress them the church and inclement weather that makes it hard to make a living This story told through the POV of all different characters starts with the burial of a child Little by his Ojibwe family While we slowly get to discover who we died and w I liked this book mostly because of Treuer s writing style his use of language is beautifulThe tone though is grim grim grim to the point where it almost
becomes absurd for example there is a sceneabsurd For example there is a scene the butchering of a cow is described from the perspective of a child who has the wrong temprament for farm life This scene was so over the top bleak that it made me laugh which is probably not what Treuer had in mindStill it s engaging if you give it a chance and stay with it for a while and worth it ust for the flow of words Some of the book is really strong and some isn t The way native life is depicted in a manner feels absolutely truthful and honest The sagging parts are the end and how the book doesn t really follow a linear plot Nonetheless a fun uick and engaging read with a lot of good bits to take in Sometimes difficult to know ust where this book is going But life is like that I guess A beautiful tragedy a smidgen of hope at the end I read Treuer s two other novels before I read Little his first The writing here is not as well crafted as in his Poverty has always been than three wind battered homes and an old Catalina that doubles as a bedroom It sits on a barren landscape that was once peppered with one hundred year old pines and now houses as many mysteries as it does lives Jeannette Duke and Ellis were the. Ater novels but it is still graceful and moving Treuer s description of
The Young Priest Paulyoung priest Paul life on the Ojibwe reservation in northern Minnesota had me feeling Paul s loneliness The bonds that tie the small Objibwe community are explained through multiple voices umping back and forth in time each voice distinct and each person with his or her own story to tell I cared about These People And Their Lives This Is A Very Fine people and their lives This is a very fine written with enormous empathy This is Treuer s first book He s gone on to write among other things
a truly visionary contemporary novel the translation oftruly visionary contemporary novel The Translation of Apelles and has made a name for himself as trying hard to redefine the idea of Native American writing and its place in the worldHis first novel is short or unfocused on plot but he was clearly concerned with the craft It still has a ways to go but this is definitely a worthwhile read Very descriptive Successful in conveying the particularities of placeThis passage is a particular gemIt was dark and she lay against the wall in a pile of uilts made from rotting panels of fabric that I had cut from the pants legs of drunken loggers as they lay passed out along the boarded walls of the town barThere are many many descriptions like this one honest unromanticized but thickly layered rich well grounded descriptions that do everything they can to convey the living conditions on the reservation not only of the Natives but of the white folk who live there as well The destitute cond. First to make Poverty a home They are the guardians the ones who remember what was once taken from them Chapter by chapter as each character takes up the narrative we learn about the way life is lived on this Indian reservation Here rumors swirl like the snow drifts .