The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
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For those not familiar with the novels of Erdrich, many of the characters in LRMLNH were introduced in earlier...more
What it boils down to is this: for me, Erdrich didn't achieve a genuine internal life for all her ...more
I have read a few of Erdrich's previous novels and I have enjoyed all of them. In every one of her novels we are exposed to the inner thoughts and dialouge's of her multiple characters. Many of her works deal with the different extremes of love and how one experiences love in its different forms.
From the mount ...more
Both poetic and magical, "The Last Report On The Miracles At Little No Horse", is a profoundly spiritual book. It consists of the recollections of "Father Damien Modeste" (in reality Agnes DeWitt, an ex-nun who narrowly escaped being murdered at the beginning of the story) of 'his' ministry to the Native Americans on the Ojibwe reservations. Throughout his time there he had written copious letters to the Vatican conc ...more
Erdrich writes with a powe ...more
There's some great, hilarious stuff with Nanapush in this book, scenes that I'm sure I'll always remember -- a moose chase gone awry, and a series of very funny resurrections. There are also many beautiful passages about faith, some of which caused me to close the book and think for a while before moving on. For me, that's a sign that a book is working on me at a deeper level than just story.
I'd call this a must-read, t ...more
This is a book that twisted my opinions around its premises more times than once. At times preposterous, and at times profound--this tale binds the reader up into its characters' choices. Choices that we don't always agree with, but seem frequently to find ourselves complicit in.
And although sometimes I felt that small plot twists were a bit pat, I found that their weave into the greater tapestry of Erdrich's telling were more ...more
The story is definitely ...more
Father Damien takes his role as priest at the reservation ser ...more
Is this 4 stars? 5 stars? First, to get my few quabbles out of the way, which may just be my own and no real flaw of the book. This being the fifth-and-a-half Erdrich book I've read, I have been steeped enough in the mythology and history of her Little No Horse/Argus/North Dakota nether regions to know a lot of the skinn ...more
So often an author quotes something in literature that gives the reader an insight as to what is to come. ...more
Great for studying integration of character details into setting.
I have been annoyed by the way these books are interelated but not a proper series, how they all go back and forward in time, criss-crossing ...more
Father Damien's relationship with the people of her world is wise and touching. Only one o ...more
novelist Louise Erdrich (books by this author), born in Little Falls, Minnesota (1954). She grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where her parents taught at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Her mother was French-Ojibwe, and her father was German; she and her six brothers and sisters were raised in a close, loving family. Instead of watching TV—they didn't own one—the children were encouraged to write and to memorize poems.
She went off to Dartm ...more
The book centers around last 75 years or so of the life of Father Damien Modeste, a Cathol ...more