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Keeper'n Me by Richard Wagamese
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Sep 27, 11

Read from September 20 to 27, 2011

For all its failings as a novel (lack of conflict, lack of plot, lack of relevant action, lack of subtlety, lack of likable characters) Keeper'n Me is a good sermon. It is politically correct and spiritually uplifting. What it lacks in romance, it excels in ritual to the point of becoming an interminable infomercial. Bursting at the seams with folk humour and wisdom, it teeters on the edge of parody, something the badly maligned (by Wagamese) CBC pulled off so much better with its "Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour." A half hour of Keeper would have been sufficient. A few hymns. A scripture. A group hug for sure. The message is one that I could applaud: the generosity and respect shown by Natives to a lost sheep returned to his fold is cause for celebration whether it's told in painfully Broken English, Ojibway, or the King James Version. I don't dispute for a second the truth of his vision, but it saddens me greatly that it falls so terribly short of what it might have been.
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