Four Souls begins with Fleur Pillager's journey from North Dakota to Minneapolis, where she plans to avenge the loss of her family's land to a white man. After a dream vision that gives her a powerful new na...more
Let me just end this review with a booklover's highest praise- after reading this book i went to the library and checked out everything by this auther and have now read half of her books. So far none of them have disappointed. They don't have to be read in order, but if I did it over I would...more
However, the middle of the bo...more
I love this book. There's a great balance of humor and seriousness. It's really different from any other book I've ever read either, so that's pretty cool too.
You've got this mysterious woman, Fleur; her friend Nanapush (who is hilarious-- he's my favorite character); Nanapush's wife, Margaret; Polly Elizabeth Gheen (one of Fleur's in-laws). There's strange marriages and children, odd in-law relat...more
(view spoiler)[Fleur leaves her homeland in search of the white man who stole her land. She gains entry into his house by becoming the laundress. She worms her way into his good graces and the night she decides to exact her revenge, her life takes a strange twist. Instead of killing the man she detests, she marries him, but first they must send the present wife pac...more
The most fascinating aspect of this narrative is the fact that Four Souls does not tell her own story. Nanapush, an elder tribesman and Polly, the gentee...more
Erdrich has been universally hailed as one of the most talented writers of her generation, one who has captured the social, cultural, spiritual, and magical nature of the Ojibwe people and the rural landscape of North Dakota. Most critics agree that in the tragicomic Four Souls, narrated by three people, Erdrich is in top form, her magical realism and lyrical storytelling as vibrant and powerful as they were in the first books in this series, Love Medicine and Tracks. Only The New York Times tak...more
That was my first impression. This book needs to be digested slowly. Now that I finished, I want to re-read it so I understand more about the characters in the beginning. There is a strong Native American culture revealed in the book that I've sort of read about in other books, but this one illustrates their emotional culture excellently. I do not understand some parts of the plot, but it makes me t...more
Reading this book inspired me to get the book A Reader's Guide to the Novels of Louise Erdrich which, among other helpful things, features family trees of all of the different characters in all of her books. Since they are all inter-related and she tells different p...more
This book was so beautifully written; I felt that each paragraph was full of so much deep thinking that...more
It begins with Fleur Pillager, on the road, literally. Fleur, a young Ojibwe woman is walking from her native North Dakota to Minneapolis, MN., to find, and kill, the man who stole her family's ancestral land. It is a story of revenge, and a reminder that it is a dish not served cold.
The story has three narrators (not one of which is Fleur)which can be a bit con...more
I guess what makes it work is the fact that the plot line is pretty unexpected given the events of the first novel. The heroine, Fleur Pillager, is a complete badass in Tracks, and arguably, she still is in Four Souls. However, she winds up marrying some wealthy businessman, which if you've read Tracks, will seem impossible. The "twist," whic...more
Many of the same characters as LAST REPORT -- and chapters are told from several points of view including Nanapush, Margaret, Pauline (later Sister Leopolda and subject of the REPORT and the housekeeper of Mauser, the white man who stole Fleur's land. She travels to St. P...more
I loved the chapters told by Margaret and Nanapush, lovers and spouses, allies and enemies.
The dress is the key.
And Miss Gheen...what a piece of work she is.
Not a Goodread; a Greatread.