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The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
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Sep 16, 09

bookshelves: native-american-stories, hist-fiction
Read in September, 2009, read count: 1

I have finished this mesmerizing, thought provoking book. It is an almost delicate and tragic read about the rich and spiritual traditions of Native Americans that have spiraled down to poverty and alcoholism in poor reaches of this land. It is a richly detailed story of memory, loss and hope. It is the first book by Erdrich that I have read, and, having now done so, I am very pleased that a Native American author writing has achieved such reknown as a writer. It is an important voice about things so far out of our daily scope of fast, action-oriented, immediate solutions. It is good to be reminded of other realities and the benefits of slowing down and going deeper into ourselves and origins.
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