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The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
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Dec 20, 09

it was ok
bookshelves: gah-frustrating
Read in December, 2009

** spoiler alert ** This book was incredibly frustrating. Erdrich has plenty of skill setting up the beginning of a story - she does it about twelve times - but never manages to actually stay with any particular arc. Stories and characters are established just enough to whet your interest, and then she just wanders to another one. Think you'll be staying with Fidelis, the titular master butcher, after he travels from Germany to North Dakota? Meh, he'll sort of be around, but you'll never get a better sense of how he ticks. Want to know what the clear and immediate attraction between him and Delphine will lead to? That story will totally peter out and happen pretty much offstage. Interested in the murder mystery that gets set up, or the story of Delphine's friend? None of these things will ever really be focused on. You end up with a serious case of literary blue balls, wishing that the author had been as interested in her own characters as you are.
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