le 30 mars 2015
Readers are transported to the unknown world of native Americans, here the Ojibwe and their rituals. A round house referring to The Shaking Tent ceremony: “one of the most sacred of Ojibwe ceremonies … serving to heal petitioners and to answer spiritual questions”. The round house being essential in this drama.
Why did I choose this novel?
1- Out of nostalgia as I met, a long time ago, a few members of Lakota descent ( Crow Creek Sioux ) , and … still in touch, 40 years later. Strangely enough, they never told me about Louise but they are South Dakotans ;-) Just kidding ;-)
2- For the magic of Native American way of getting on through life despite the hardships on a reservation.
3- For the sake of discovering a new writer as I have a little more time to read right now ( winter time by the fire place. Just an image ;-) )
After reading the novel.
To a certain point, fiction shows life better than any documentary and paradoxically manages to convey a real sense of reality. Here life on a reservation has a strong impact on the reader as we are immersed for a long time where the action takes place : careful , visual and meaningful descriptions of the setting bathing in the very specific atmosphere of a reservation with its colorful figures. Louise Erdrich ‘s main character psychology is also very much delved into to allow the reader to understand how he turns into a murderer.
This novel shows how difficult it is for Native Americans to have access to equal Justice for all, especially when white citizens are involved in criminal cases.
In the book afterword, Louise Erdrich refers to ” Maze of Injustice,” a 2009 report by Amnesty International, included the following statistics: 1 out of 3 Native women will be raped in her lifetime ( and that figure is certainly higher as Native women often do not report rape); 86% of rape and sexual assaults upon Native Americans are perpetuated by non-Native men; few prosecuted. :-( :-(
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le 14 octobre 2013
The book that I ordered has arrived in time, in fact early, in perfect condition, I would order from this vendor again.
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le 17 octobre 2013
Ai découvert ce livre à la tv, ne l'ai pas encore lu mais de ce que j'en ai entendu, cela m'a donné envie de le commander et de le lire .. vous en reparle une fois lu et sûrement apprécié !