The Crown of Columbus
In their only fully collaborative literary work, Michael Dorris and Louise Erdrich have written a gripping novel of history, suspense, recovery, and new beginnings. The Crown of Columbus chronicles the adventures of a pair of mismatched loversVivian Twostar, a divorced, pregnant anthropologist, and Roger Williams, a consummate academic, epic poet, and bewildered father of...more
My favorite paragraph may just be the one where the teenage son comes to terms with his grandmother's pedagogy: "Nothing, not even an event that had taken place before she was born, was fixed in it's interpretation. Truth was all in the story, in the way it was told and in who was doing the telling. It could change in a minute or remain the same forever. A truth lasted only until a better one came along and replac ...more
It's a bit fantastic, especially with Vivian on the boat and Roger trapped (any more would qualify as spoilers). But I admired the different voices the authors use and the unwinding of the complicated and fascinating j ...more
more after the book club discussion.
The first member of his family to attend college, Dorris graduated from Georgetown with honors in English and received his graduate degree in anthropology from Yale. Dorris worked as a professor of English and anthropology at Dartmouth College.
Dorris was part-Native American through the lineage o ...more