Even the more minor, supporting characters were not flat. Her father is German American and mother is half Ojibwe and half French American. The book has been awarded with Minnesota Book Award for Novels 1997 , and many others. This story about 4 women trapped inside a car during a blizzard, sharing stories about their dead ex-husband, has all the things I love in it about Louise Erdrich: the fantastic and the strange, the beautiful and the everyday, all mingled together in that overcrowded car. Anyway, the tales in question are those of four women who were married to the same man at different times. Her fiction has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle 1984 and The Los Angeles Times 1985 , and has been translated into fourteen languages.
The E-mail message field is required. I didn't realize before I started to read that this book is a c I both liked and disliked this novel. When these women convene at his funeral, they find something to like in each other and have a chance to tell their stories when they become stranded in a car in a snowstorm. The setting is North Dakota. The protagonists of The Beet Queen 2 are the parents of one of the major characters in this book Dot and Fleur, the star of Tracks 3 , is the parent of the other Jack.
She is the author of four previous bestselling andaward-winning novels, including Love Medicine; The Beet Queen; Tracks; and The Bingo Palace. I bought this volume a long time ago in a second hand bookshop, because I really liked Tracks. But despite some great moments, it all goes on much too long as the women tell their detailed but not always compelling life stories. I was interested in the characters, but I never really understood why all these women married this guy. At times painful, at times heartbreaking and often times comic, their tales become the adhesive that holds them together in their love for Jack and in their lives as women. None of us asks for life in the first place.
But then, Erdrich suggests just as much with the title. The second book is the There's the book I want this to be, four ex-wives stuck together, discussing their common husband after his funeral, trying to figure out who he is by examining their different perspectives of him. Finally, the pivotal sequence of Tales of Burning Love all happens on the same night as the Erdrich likes to bookend her novels, and I find this volume very interesting because it goes further, bookending her whole sequence of five books. The book was published in multiple languages including English language, consists of 464 pages and is available in Paperback format. I enjoyed the writing - as well as the ridiculous situation that brings four ex-wives of the same man together. The writing is beautiful and there are many things that can be much further explored if one just starts peeling away at the layers in the novel spirituality, gender dynamics, Native American culture and politics, sexuality, the power of money, love, marriage, feminism, etc.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: 90 Western American Literature years have washed the passion and intimacy away. You find yourself rooting for them all, and ultimately for the floundering husband. Love is hardly ever initially an act of wisdom. I remember reading this book circa Winter 1998, at first finding suspect the idea of one man, Jack Mauser, being the center and centrifuge of several women's lives and relationships with each other. This novel is also fast-paced, filled with a bit of mystery and suspense that I wasn't expecting but really enjoyed. Not because I didn't enjoy reading it although, the nature descriptions made me come close to nodding off at times , but because I've been so busy and hadn't the time to devote to it. Maybe not quite tales of burning love, but definitely plenty of smoke.
I'm reminded how limited daily vocabulary tends to be when there are millions of the most. The Antelope Wife was published in 1998, not long after her separation from Michael and his subsequent suicide. Four stars means I might recommend it enthusiastically, five stars means I'll keep it and re-read it. Then the very end of the book was completely different tone than everything that came before and was a bit unbelievable. The richly inventive plot twists and turns with all the subtle and not so subtle subterfuges of passionate attachment and its flip side, passionate rage. Retrieved Feb 04 2019 from Four of Jack Mauser's exwives are stranded in a blizzard, stuck in a red Ford Explorer in a snowdrift off a deserted highway in North Dakota. This was particularly annoying as these narratives were supposed to be spoken aloud to others.
Born in 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota, she grew up mostly in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where her parents taught at Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. This book is not about her, yet she is everpresent, touching us in that place where solitude is a myth and fear a constant companion. I am glad that I finished it though. Each person's story is complete in its telling, a full exploration of character and intent. Some might argue the scene h I was sort of enjoying this book until, about two-thirds of the way into the book, the author decided to throw in a horrific scene of animal cruelty in which a dog is dragged to its death behind a pickup truck.
But with divorce rates as high as they are, I'm willing to bet that most of us have had experience with loving the wrong person at some time or another and know the experience well. Jack is a faithless womanizer, and it is not likely in the course of the novel that he experiences any great change; however, he at least resolves some of his relationships and responds to Eleanor. Jack and the exwives' club are joined by funeralhome owner Lawrence Schlick and his wife, Anna, and others including construction workers and a bevy of convent nuns. In The Macken Charm, events from a twenty-four-hour period—a funeral during the day, followed by a wake that night—are spun into a rol licking novel by the tried-and-true narrative device of beginning the story near the end and then going back and filling in. Finally, the pivotal sequence of Tales of Burning Love all happens on the same night as the pivotal events of The Bingo Palace 4. I'm always saying that what I look for in a book is perspective. I am a big Erdrich fan, but she needs be taken in small doses.