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Black Robe by Brian Moore
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The point-of-view shifts aren't as complete as they should be -- would an Algonquian really call his own people "savage"? This kept me from enjoying the novel as much as I might have. Moore's attempt at native-eye view is impressive all the same, even if incomplete. The crude language and torture scenes, so off-putting to some readers *did* fit the frontier/war environment. And despite a few too many "deus ex machina" devices at the end of the novel, I did like the portrayal of Laforgue's crisis of faith ... and how he's trapped into carrying on despite it.
And for those seeking a real Native-eye view, go look up writers such as Sherman Alexie, Beth Brant, Paula Gunn Allen, Rita Joe, and Louise Erdrich. There's a lot of First-Nation talent out there.
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