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Deluge is the story of three generations of a Native American family and the Ojibwe teachings and legends that define, animate, and give meaning to their lives. The narrator is Aja, storyteller, teacher, and survivor, whose life moves from a youth immersed in her Ojibwe heritage through her odyssey to a small Eastern college, to her journey back to her people. Her mesmeriz ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published August 19th 1997 by Harmony Books
(first published August 1997)
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I feel kind of bad that I didn't give this book more of a chance. But I read the first 40 pages and at no time did I ever feel like I knew what was going on. I almost felt like it was English as a second language, but they used the term "pop Bottle" which is pretty exclusive to the great lakes region where I grew up. At the beginning of the book there was a sentence that appeared between 2 paragraphs that read, "And Indians do not have prehensile tails." Out of the blue! Also a character was des ...more
This book did so many things well on a small scale, but it didn't add up overall; I think part of that was the odd chronology of the storyline, which seemed disjointed. Still, it was interesting to read about the White Earth reservation and Minnesota in general.