The Painted Drum
In The Painted Drum we follow the story through the eyes of different people.
Faye Travers risks her moral rectitude and her career as an Estates agent by stealing an incredible Native American drum. It called to her with a single beat and she was overwhelmed by its mystical po...more
But I was ultimately disappointed. Once the narration passed from Faye to the Ojibwe on the North Dakota reservation, I...more
I know I say this about many of the books I read, but I REALLY liked this book. I liked it so much that I intend to reread it sometime soon, after it has a chance to settle somewhat. Like many of Erdrich's books, this one is about Native Americans, and the voice feels authentic and human. It is divided in four parts. In the first, we meet a mother daughter team who deals with people's estates after they die, or go in a nursing home, etc. We also lea...more
What I didn't like was the abrupt change in time, location and character. For a simple book one had to be paying attention to not be saying, "who is John?"
I also wish I knew what happened with Morris and Ira, there is an unfinished feel to some of the chara...more
MY LETTER: P - The Painted Drum
Book: The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
Finished: April 27, 2013
Rating & Book Review: 1 star - Not my style of book at all. I hate when the author jumps around and makes it so difficult to follow the storyline (such as it is). I'm also not a big fan of this type of "literature", where everyones' lives are so desolate and nothing good ever happens and people are cruel to ones they supposedly love. I don't need a happy ending per say, b...more
Erdrich is a remarkable historian, storyteller, poet... A magical concept, the inheritance of history through place, time, and objects is powerful and also telling of Erdrich's personal experience as a Native American woman. The book also places importance on female geneology, a common theme in many of her books. Each sentence and moment is stark and revealing, much like her poetry, movement and beauty flow from her fingertips.
I enjoyed this book tremendously but would say that it is not for those who are looking for an easily digestible, fee...more
Not her best, not her worst, say critics of Erdrich's 10th novel. Yet though it's leaner than works like The Master Butchers Singing Club and not as brilliant as others, it's pure Erdrich, full of grace, legend, and mysticism. Here, she weaves together three stories, each about mother-child relationships, over time and place. Critics agree that Ojibwe elder Bernard Shaawano's story is the strongest and most memorable; Erdrich renders reservation life impeccably. Faye's story, by contrast, is a l...more
Erdrich's unique, indeed often startling ability to delve into the depths of her character's hearts is not as...more
The main challenge I found in reading this book was feeling like the middle section of the book was very disconnected from the first and last sections. Not topicall...more
In Painted Drum Erdrich zips back and forth between the present where an antique ritual tribal drum is found during the appraisal of a home's contents...When the drum is returned to the tribe and falls into the hands of the man who...more
In an interview I heard Louise Erdrich say the themes of Shadow Tag are love, survival, and memory. The same can be said for Painted Drum. Especially the love/guilt bond between mothers and daughters.
The book has three distinct stories. The first is how a mother-daughter team of antique dealers of Ojibwe decent acquire the drum.
The second de...more
Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, w...more