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The Painted Drum: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 6, 2005
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“Haunted and haunting. . . . With fearlessness and humility, in a narrative that flows more artfully than ever between destruction and rebirth, Erdrich has opened herself to possibilities beyond what we merely see—to the dead alive and busy, to the breath of trees and the souls of wolves—and inspires readers to open their hearts to these mysteries as well.”— Washington Post Book World
From the author of the National Book Award Winner The Round House, Louise Erdrich's breathtaking, lyrical novel of a priceless Ojibwe artifact and the effect it has had on those who have come into contact with it over the years.
While appraising the estate of a New Hampshire family descended from a North Dakota Indian agent, Faye Travers is startled to discover a rare moose skin and cedar drum fashioned long ago by an Ojibwe artisan. And so begins an illuminating journey both backward and forward in time, following the strange passage of a powerful yet delicate instrument, and revealing the extraordinary lives it has touched and defined.
Compelling and unforgettable, Louise Erdrich's Painted Drum explores the often-fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, the strength of family, and the intricate rhythms of grief with all the grace, wit, and startling beauty that characterizes this acclaimed author's finest work.
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- Publisher : Harper; First Edition (September 6, 2005)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060515104
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060515102
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.12 x 0.97 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #330,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This may not have been my favorite book but I knew from the beginning that I was in the hands of a master story teller and a verbal artist.
I was drawn to the subject and I loved that part of the story even when it is very harsh. And the author's and thinking is captivating. For instance:
"Ravens are the birds I'll miss most when I die. ... If only we did not have to die at all. Instead become ravens. I've watched these birds so hard I feel their black feathers split out of my skin."
Nonetheless, once the drum is introduced, the writing and the story jump to a whole other level. The stories about the drum are truly magical, mesmerizing. I went from slogging through the first part of the book to not wanting to put it down. The creation of the drum and the way in which it is imbued with the spirit of a young girl are the heart of the book and beautifully written. I highly recommend this book, even though you may have to do some work at the beginning to get into it.
Years ago I tried to read Beet Queen, and couldn't get into it. I can't believe I didn't enjoy it enough to finish it! Time to give that another try! Most books I 'recycle', Erdrich's are keepers!