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Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
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Nov 06, 11

it was ok
bookshelves: book-discussion, realistic-fiction
Read from October 26 to 29, 2011

I really didn't like this book at all. The writing is beautiful and fits the tone of the book perfectly, but the whole thing is just way too depressing for me. I didn't like either of the main characters at all: Irene is vindictive, Gil is abusive, and they are both completely selfish. They're too busy playing games with each other to pay attention to their children, and neither of them seems to even consider looking at things from the other's point of view. It's really hard for me to like a book when I can't identify with any of the main characters. I did like Irene and Gil's daughter, Riel, who narrates a small part of the book, but that just made me more upset about what her parents were doing. I do like that the story ends slightly differently than I thought it would--I always like a twist at the conclusion--but it's so incredibly sad and there isn't much hope in sight. It left me with an awful feeling, and I didn't get anything out of it to make up for that.

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message 2: by Amy (new) - rated it 3 stars

Amy Bailey I totally agree! I read this last year or the year before (can't really remember). I also thought the writing was beautiful, but I wanted to punch the characters in the face!

Heather I know, right? I wish they were real just so I could punch them :)

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