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One of America s most celebrated authors offers a powerful story suffused with a Native American sense of magic Originally an important hunting ground for the Ojibway, the city of Minneapolis draws from nearby reservations many Native people, people who infuse the city with a strong and ongoing Native presence as well as a potent indigenous past This story brings to life the people who live in or around this midwestern city And like a modern city itself, it portrays people of all backgrounds and is a mixture of vibrant cultures and ideas But also like a modern city, it has an edge, troubled by violence New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich has twice won the National Magazine Award and her work has been included in both the O Henry and the Best American collections several times


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  1. Carl R. Carl R. says:

    It s human nature to want people to like what you like, but when they resist, pointing to reasons they should like it is like explaining a joke No laughing, no liking Such it is with my friend and Louise Erdrich I m a HUGE fan of Louise I consider her among the top five living writers in the country, perhaps the top ten in the world If you took the trouble, as few do, to scroll through the archives of writerworking.net, you d see how highly I regard her work and why Yet, I hadn t read the It s human nature to want people to like what you like, but when they resist, pointing to reasons they should like it is like explaining a joke No laughing, no liking Such it is with my friend and Louise Erdrich I m a HUGE fan of Louise I consider her among the top five living writers in the country, perhaps the top ten in the world If you took the trouble, as few do, to scroll through the archives of writerworking.net, you d see how highly I regard her work and why Yet, I hadn t read the 1997 work The Antelope Wife When my friend, who has never warmed to Louise for some reason, was assigned Antelope in a class and said didn t like it, I of course had to dig in Now I m not going to claim that this is equal to masterpieces like The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse See my Dec, 2006 commentary or The Master Butcher s Singing Club However, it s an intense, mystifying, and life affirming read I ll admit there are some weak places an unfortunate gag scene with stick on gift bows that nearly sinks to sitcom level, for example and an equally unfortunate sequence from the point of view of a dog named for obvious reasons Almost Soup However, who can resist writing like this Dusted all over like an egg with freckles, Peace McKnight.was sturdily made as a captain s chair, yet drew water with graceful wrists and ran dancing across the rutted mud on curved white ankles At night, the kerosene lamplight in trembling rings and haloes, Miss Peace McKnight felt the eyes of Scranton Roy carve her in space Stuff like that all the way through Like most of Erdrich s work, Antelope Wife s chronology is disjointed, a metaphor, I believe for the non liner, organic way we experience time and life Events from the beginning of thethan one hundred years of the book s history appear in the final pages, events from the late nineteen nineties appear in the beginning And the sequences are jumbled in between In this case, she makes the metaphor concrete with two broken strings of beads one of blue stones, the other of red, so that the scatter of events is matched by the scattering of the beads Ditto with the treatment of characters Again, this mixture of time and space and people is usual for Erdrich, but here she complicates it evenwith duplicate names There are three generations of twin girls with identical names, and we re often not quite sure which generation we re reading about This confusion is neither accidental nor is it literary trickery It echoes life s difficulty in stringing together the scattered elements of life The book begins with a cavalry nineteenth century raid massacre on a defenseless Indian village Scranton Roy mentioned above in the quoted description is a soldier who commits an atrocity during that raid, then performs a humanitarian act of equal weight in saving the life of an infant who is carried away on the back of frightened dog By the time he catches up with the dog, he is far away from the village and his unit and he never goes back Still, the humanitarian act turns into an atrocity when he from one point of view saves the child and gives it a home, from another point of view steals the child from its mother and people This Hegleian interaction of good and evil, animal human continues throughout the book and down through the generations that Scranton Roy begets The above summary is way too prosaic, though, for it leaves out the element of magic Many authors cross into the fantastical, but Erdrich lives there A father nurses two children Girls are raised by antelope and deer People stare into rivers and find themselves swimming with underwater spirits It also leaves out the comedy, of which there is plenty Ribald, profane, dangerous, and deeply serious comedy of the kind that makes you laugh while people die naked If you want to read this for the history or sociology, there s plenty of that, too You ll find a depiction of the Native American migration to and from the cities and the interaction between reservation Indians and urban ones Louise even brings the Hmong into the mix, one of the latest additions to the incredible racial stew we are preparing in America Throughout, despite the horrible things people do to one another, the women sew constantly, threading the beads of their lives and culture into taut strings, making patterns of the loose beads, trying to make sense of the thelonging that makes us do the things that we should not Even longing for the good For loive Longing is the bliss of thieves that getting kills I don t suppose this will make my friend like the book any better, but maybe it will convince her it hasworth than she first thought


  2. El El says:

    At first when I picked up this book, I didn t know what I was getting into The first few pages of the novel feel disjointed, I couldn t quite tell whose perspective I was reading at any given time It took me a while to get on board with Erdrich s 1997 novel which turns out to be fucking spectacular.If you like Magical Realism I feel the need to point that out early on enough in my review so those who are opposed to that classification can skim this review since it may not be appealing to all At first when I picked up this book, I didn t know what I was getting into The first few pages of the novel feel disjointed, I couldn t quite tell whose perspective I was reading at any given time It took me a while to get on board with Erdrich s 1997 novel which turns out to be fucking spectacular.If you like Magical Realism I feel the need to point that out early on enough in my review so those who are opposed to that classification can skim this review since it may not be appealing to all.I m not always into Magical Realism either, but when it works, it works And this one works.The story follows the Roy and Shawano families over however many years I hesitate to call it an epic, because as far as epics go, this is a short novel less than 250 pages But Erdrich manages to include so much family history without going overboard All of their stories are here, but in lyrical, glorious passages teeming with Native American mythology and symbols I absolutely loved that.There is a section told from the point of view of a dog Dogs have voices and can speak to each other in Erdrich s novel, though it s not a frequent practice It s just another part of the family mythology.I thoughtthan once about Leslie Marmon Silko s Almanac of the Dead that I read not that long ago, and where Silko s novel is much larger, denser, andviolent, Erdrich covers a lot of the same ground in fewer pages and less violence I felt a connection to Erdrich s characters that I did not always feel towards some of Silko s But I m not here to compare and contrast the two novels, and if you disliked Almanac of the Dead WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU , that doesn t mean you would dislike The Antelope Wife.It s hard for me to discuss the story because I feel I would just be copying down all of Erdrich s words A review can t give the book justice because a part of experiencing this book is reading Erdrich s lyrical voice There s not a lot of dialogue so it s a very internalized story we are in the minds of the charactersoften than not This is not always easy to do I have easily complained about other books that attempt and fail at that Erdrich does not fail, nor does she disappoint.I recommend trying to read as much as you can when you do sit down with this As previously stated, it took me a while to get into the groove of the writing and therefore missed where the story started It s easy to put down because the sections are so short, but I found a higher appreciation for three fourths of the novel once I committed to reading it as much as possible, and not putting it down every section.This won t be my last Erdrich


  3. Bradley Bradley says:

    I m working my way through award winners, sight unseen, and this one happens to be one of them I didn t know what to expect except that it was probably one of a long line of the new breed of Magical Realism.What makes it special Well, I LOVE the whole Twins theme going on White beads and black, indeed Mix this with a very large sense of time, weaving in and out of Native American history up near Minneapolis, mixing Germans into the mix, some dog ancestry separate from the humans, thank you I m working my way through award winners, sight unseen, and this one happens to be one of them I didn t know what to expect except that it was probably one of a long line of the new breed of Magical Realism.What makes it special Well, I LOVE the whole Twins theme going on White beads and black, indeed Mix this with a very large sense of time, weaving in and out of Native American history up near Minneapolis, mixing Germans into the mix, some dog ancestry separate from the humans, thank you very much, and we ve got a tale that slides across a couple of hundred years The magic is mild, the characters are sometimes very interesting, but above all, the core theme is the mixing of cultures It s the mixing of whole lives, for good or ill I totally recommend this for anyone who is interested in diverse cultures, who like to have a different kind of read from the usual fare, and who like a bit of poetry woven into a worldview I honestly had a pretty good time with this It FELT magical even when there wasn t all that much magic going on It got me out of my skin Oh, and the times we were in a dog s PoV was pretty awesome


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    The best part of this book is the dog s perspective in this scene I learned early Eat anything you can at any time Fast Bolt it down Stay cute, but stay elusive Don t let them think twice when they ve got the hatchet out I see cold steel, I m gone Believe it And there are all sorts of illnesses we dread Avoid the bite of the fox It is madness Avoid all bats Avoid all black and white striped moving objects And slow things with spiny quills Avoid all the humans when they get into a f The best part of this book is the dog s perspective in this scene I learned early Eat anything you can at any time Fast Bolt it down Stay cute, but stay elusive Don t let them think twice when they ve got the hatchet out I see cold steel, I m gone Believe it And there are all sorts of illnesses we dread Avoid the bite of the fox It is madness Avoid all bats Avoid all black and white striped moving objects And slow things with spiny quills Avoid all the humans when they get into a feasting mood Get near the tables fast, though, once the food is cooked Stay close to their feet Stay ready.But don t steal from their plates.Avoid medicine men Snakes boys with BB guns Anything ropelike or easily used to hang or tie Avoid outhouse holes Cats that live indoors Do not sleep under cars Or with horses Do not eat anything attached to a skinny, burning string Do not eat lard from the table Do not go into the house at all unless no one is watching Do not, unless you are absolutely certain you can blame it on the cat, eat any of their chickens Do not eat pies Do not eat decks of cards, plastic jugs, dry beans, dish sponges If you must eat a shoe, eat both of the pair, every scrap, untraceable Always, when in doubt, the rule is you are better off underneath the house Don t chase cars driven by young teenage boys Don t chase cars driven by old ladies Don t bark or growl at men cradling rifles Don t get wet in winter, and don t let yourself dry out when the hot winds of August blow We re not equipped to sweat Keep your mouth open Visit the lake Pee often Take messages from tree stumps and the corners of buildings Don t forget to leave in return a polite and respectful hello You never know when it will come in handy, your contact, your friend You never know whom you will need to rely upon


  5. Amy Amy says:

    The Antelope Wife combines Native mysticism and legend with the multi generational stories of the Roy and Shawano families Linked by one woman, she will bring their destinies full circle.Written in lyrical prose and infused with haunting imagery, the story alternates between grief and acceptance, with a rare glimpse of joy I only started to enjoy the book about halfway through The characters and stories before that come and go quickly and with little ceremony, which made it hard to figure out The Antelope Wife combines Native mysticism and legend with the multi generational stories of the Roy and Shawano families Linked by one woman, she will bring their destinies full circle.Written in lyrical prose and infused with haunting imagery, the story alternates between grief and acceptance, with a rare glimpse of joy I only started to enjoy the book about halfway through The characters and stories before that come and go quickly and with little ceremony, which made it hard to figure out who or what to invest in However, there were family members in the second half which I really came to care for.Erdrich writes family so well She is really able to get into their hearts and souls and convey their thoughts and feelings to the reader Characters have their own true voices and are consistent to their traits 3.5 and a good read


  6. Book Concierge Book Concierge says:

    Digital audio read by the author.From the book jacket Family stories repeat themselves in patterns and waves, generation to generation, across bloods and time Once the pattern is set we go on replicating it, writes Louise Erdrich in The Antelope Wife, her sixth novel Rooted in the landscape of city life, yet continually influenced by the power of Ojibwa family, the intricacies of Ojibwa language and religious belief, this book extends the branches of the families who populate Erdrich s work Digital audio read by the author.From the book jacket Family stories repeat themselves in patterns and waves, generation to generation, across bloods and time Once the pattern is set we go on replicating it, writes Louise Erdrich in The Antelope Wife, her sixth novel Rooted in the landscape of city life, yet continually influenced by the power of Ojibwa family, the intricacies of Ojibwa language and religious belief, this book extends the branches of the families who populate Erdrich s work and reflects the irrevocable patterns set in motion by certain fateful acts My reactionsI just have to say that Erdrich is one of my favorite writers Her prose is luminous and poetic Her use of magical realism seamless It reminds me of listening to my grandparents, aunts and uncles tell stories of family lore, sitting on a dark porch of a summer evening I would be entranced by their stories and the images they painted found their way into my dreams and into the very fiber of my being The novel weaves history, contemporary urban life, legend, and sacred myth into a marvelous tapestry of a story There is violence, and lust, and tenderness to break your heart There is birth and death, humor and tragedy, betrayal and forgiveness, broken people scattered on the battlefield of life, and others standing tall and moving forward.I want to go back and read it again.While Erdrich frequently uses characters over and over again in her novels, you can really read any of them as a stand alone work This novel was first published in 1998, and reissued in 2016 as Antelope Woman.I was excited to get an audio read by Erdrich The poetry of her language really comes out in her performance HOWEVER I realized too late that this was an abridged version No wonder I felt that I would better enjoy the novel if I read the text which I did


  7. Michele Michele says:

    I hoped that I would like this book, but it was too fragmented, disjointed It had great potential to be a reflective and philosophical journey, but ultimately the points didn t connect the kidnapped antelope woman Sweetheart Calico was supposed to be the link that connected all the events and characters of the book, but it just didn t hold water I didn t have a single emotional connection with the story or characters during any point of the book Considering the treading into the spiritual I hoped that I would like this book, but it was too fragmented, disjointed It had great potential to be a reflective and philosophical journey, but ultimately the points didn t connect the kidnapped antelope woman Sweetheart Calico was supposed to be the link that connected all the events and characters of the book, but it just didn t hold water I didn t have a single emotional connection with the story or characters during any point of the book Considering the treading into the spiritual and the darker sides of life kidnapping, divorce, homelessness , I was surprised how little meaning or sense these events imparted I m a bit disappointed with my first Louise Erdich novel, but I thought the writing was mostly good so I might read her again


  8. Kirsten Kirsten says:

    Beautiful At times, it takes me a while to slow down enough as a reader to appreciate Erdrich when I do, it is always rewarding I keep reading her novels in snatches, here and there, and because they are so entwined, I know there is a lot I am probably missing I would like to eventually reread everything of hers I ve ever picked up, in succession.


  9. Allie Riley Allie Riley says:

    Erdrich strikes again with her usual heady mix of poetic prose and magical realism I just love her writing This particular novel took a little while to get going for me and I did find myself struggling to work out exactly who was who for a bit I could have done with a family tree to refer to I think I just about worked it out in the end, though Fabulous stuff, as ever Highly recommended.


  10. Mosca Mosca says:

    Louise Erdrich s works seem woven with textures of destinies, families, and histories This book is no exception.Frequently painful to read because of the emotional damage inherited by and inflicted by the characters in this tale, this book is nonetheless a rewarding experience because of the human redemption achieved by a few key members of this tangled family web.The melodic and mystical prose guides the reader through worlds of tragedy, comedy, damnation, and salvation Although not religous, Louise Erdrich s works seem woven with textures of destinies, families, and histories This book is no exception.Frequently painful to read because of the emotional damage inherited by and inflicted by the characters in this tale, this book is nonetheless a rewarding experience because of the human redemption achieved by a few key members of this tangled family web.The melodic and mystical prose guides the reader through worlds of tragedy, comedy, damnation, and salvation Although not religous, these worlds are deeply spiritual in a most physically human way The Antelope Wife is another masterful experience by one of our best writers