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Tracks by Louise Erdrich
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Sep 10, 2011

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

This story of the changing world of an American Indian community in the early years of the the 20th century is filled with the complexities of assimilation, adaption, and identity. Throughout the story you are given two narratives. One belongs to Pauline, a Chippewa woman who is desperately trying to assimilate to the dominant culture via the Catholic Church. The other is Nanapush, an English educated traditionalist. The story gives reminder not only of the realities of these people in the face of land theft, but also of the matter of adapting to a changing world. Louise Erdrich approaches the subject with efficiency, exploring the spectrum of adaption and assimilation, making it clear that it's never as clear cut as assimilated and traditional. For me, personally, one of the key themes of the novel is the issue of adaption and assimilation, a people in the face of a changing world and life.
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