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Der Klang Der Trommel Roman (Love Medicine)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  6,138 Ratings  ·  767 Reviews
When Faye Travers is called upon to appraise the estate of a family in her small New Hampshire town, she isn t surprised to discover a forgotten cache of valuable Native American artifacts. However, she stops dead in her tracks when she finds a rare drum a powerful yet delicate object, made from a massive moose skin stretched across a hollow of cedar, ornamented with symbo ...more
Published 2009 by Suhrkamp (first published 2005)
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Will Byrnes
Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a gripping, moving tale about Erdrich’s usual raft of multi-generational Native Americans. The story begins in present day New Hampshire when Faye Travers, an estate valuator, comes across the drum of the title, a large, ceremonial Native American artifact, and determines to return it to its rightful owners (not the owner of the estate she is handling). Back in time we learn the history of the man who made the drum, the stories of his family, three generations worth, and they are powerfu ...more
Liz
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
As always, Louise Erdrich tells a fascinating story, related to the Ojibwe Native American tribe. I loved this story about how people all over the continent are connected together by a drum, and how this drum helps heal those who have suffered great loss. There are many recurring themes in this story, and the mother/daughter theme is the one that stood out most for me. The daughters sacrifice much for their mothers and yet there is compassion and understanding for the mothers as well. There is o ...more
Judy Croome
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How does one even begin to review the writing of Louise Erdrich? Her words resonate with ancient mysteries and intricate complexities which draw me into her characters' lives time and time again. This novel is no exception.

In The Painted Drum we follow the story through the eyes of different people.

Faye Travers risks her moral rectitude and her career as an Estates agent by stealing an incredible Native American drum. It called to her with a single beat and she was overwhelmed by its mystical po
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Amy
You know, I think I'm just going to give up on Louise Erdrich. I liked The Master Butcher's Singing Club, and was okay with The Beet Queen and with parts of The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. But with each of her books, it's a chore for me to read. It takes weeks, if longer occasionally. I pick them up and put them down. Sometimes, I'm rewarded with a line like "In her eyes I see the force of her love. It is bulky and hard to carry, like a package that keeps untying." (The Beet ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
When I stopped reading last night with just 30 or so pages to go, my eyelids refusing to stay open a moment longer, I thought this was divided into three parts. I thought how fitting: the story of the drum's reappearance, the story of the drum's creation, the story of the drum's power. So I was surprised this morning to find a Part Four. I had, perhaps erroneously, believed that the third part was also the story of the drum's purpose, but Erdrich gives me another glimpse and I think that purpose ...more
Chana
The best thing about this book is the author's sense of humor. I almost choked on my coffee a few times when she came up with unexpected bits of funny. Her scene with Kit Tantro and the Winnebagos was really charming and laugh out loud funny.
What I didn't like was the abrupt change in time, location and character. For a simple book one had to be paying attention to not be saying, "who is John?"
I also wish I knew what happened with Morris and Ira, there is an unfinished feel to some of the chara
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Teresa
Jun 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yo ...more
Susan
Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Initially I was enchanted with The Painted Drum. I found the first character’s musing interesting and the language in places was stunning. She described the eyes of a character as “peach-colored granite with specs of angry mica”. I was also intrigued by the theme of life and death, the presence of the dead in the lives of the living, particularly as influenced by Ojibwe thought.

But I was ultimately disappointed. Once the narration passed from Faye to the Ojibwe on the North Dakota reservation, I
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Catherine
I was falling asleep last night when I realized what a deft and meaningful thing Erdrich does in this book. By anchoring the book's beginning and end in the experience of Faye, a white woman (by culture, even if her bloodline does contain Ojibwe ancestors) Erdrich demonstrates how it's possible to love nature deeply, to revere the silence of open spaces, to believe in spirits and the agency of the dead - all without appropriating Native culture to do it. As the person who finds the drum of the b ...more
Christina
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The bare bones of the plot summary in this book's jacket notes made me slow to begin reading, because they suggested an elegy. But although the story includes tragedy and sadness, the mood is far from elegaic. There are many interesting and lively characters and relationships, some based in the present time and others in recent history. Some of the characters show cruelty and depravity; all are flawed but all show redeeming qualities. Relationships aren't static, but evolve in interesting ways. ...more
Alana
Jan 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foreign-culture
This is definitely among the top five of the most pointless books I've read in the past 12 months, top ten most pointless I've ever read. We just get involved with the introductory character, then hear about her broken childhood, then suddenly we are thrust into another character's story that for a long while seems to have virtually nothing in common with the story line, then a long, drawn-out description of the making of the drum in which I zoned out so many times that I frankly did not care an ...more
Vivienne
I found this a beautifully written tale or rather series of tales around the theme of a Native American drum. The other running theme is death and bereavement as various characters come to terms with the tragic deaths of sisters and daughters.

Louise Erdrich's descriptions of nature and animals were breath-taking giving a real sense of being in nature even when tucked up reading in an armchair thousands of miles away from her setting. She also deals sensitively with the Native American lore entr
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Maria
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erdrich's a remarkable storyteller, but here her themes of relationships & grief are a bit sentimental & pat. Her writing's more engaging usually; maybe she was becoming tired with her characters. I love this author, but it would be a reach for me to rate this even a 3.5 (if there were such a rating), given her other outstanding novels.
Andrea Homier
I love how Louise Erdrich writes. I always feel at home in her stories, in that I am "at home" listening to her tell a story. There's something about her style, the words she chooses and how she orders them, that is intimate and compassionate, clear-eyed and real, that makes her work some of my favorite. In that way, The Painted Drum does not disappoint.

I did appreciate this novel, but I had a hard time following the arc of the story. There are a lot of characters and almost all of them have som
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Janelle
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up while out of town in order to have something gripping to read on a long flight home. It did not disappoint.

Louise Erdrich is the master of interlocking storylines. I love seeing how her characters weave a web of relationships across time. In this novel, we meet the powerful Fleur Pillager (who features in other works, such as Tracks) as a baby. We also get a sense of how those who leave the reservation are still tied to it, whether or not they understand how.

The story begin
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Jgrace
The Painted Drum - Erdrich
4 stars

Faye Travers runs a successful estate liquidation business with her mother. She lives in a small New Hampshire town where she knows all the residents. They have history. She has history. And it all comes with a great deal of emotional baggage.The contemporary storyline is related in Faye’s voice, as a series of somewhat disjointed journal entries or internal conversations. Faye’s history contains the tragic childhood death of her sister and her father’s alcohol
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Cheryl Klein
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
To say that this book helped me understand Native American identity seems like the worst kind of over-simplification--but by juxtaposing the stories of various struggling Ojibwe tribe members with those of local animals (ravens, wolves, a dog with "one hungry eye and one friendly eye" who escapes her yard but caries her heavy chain leash with her until her death), Erdrich shows how all kinds of creatures can maintain dignity and a lust for life in the face of innumerable cruelties. The mystery o ...more
Donna
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cultural
There were things I loved about this book, but there were also a couple of things I didn't like.

This book wasn't a character driven book. It was more a book about a people, a place, a culture, and a drum. I enjoyed this book. It was slow to start for me but it eventually pulled me in. It was well written with a lot of descriptions. At first, it felt too flowery for me. However, it did begin to feel a little more poignant as I got deeper into it.

Some of this was laugh out loud funny. But with th
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Mary
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Louise Erdrich is one of my favorite authors. Her stories often border on spiritual. The Painted Drum is not my favorite book she has written but I thought it was another winner. Although this story begins on the East coast of the US she brings in the MN/ND native american characters from her other books. She also moves the story to the area in the upper midwest that has been the setting for the books I most appreciate. Ms Erdrich is an author I think you either like or don't like - no inbetween ...more
Laura
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt such a connection with this beautiful book about tragedy, loss, hope, and healing. Erdrich's characters feel so real and her passages about nature are absolutely breathtaking. This is one I will read again.
Robert
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, although it took me a bit to really get into the narrative. It's not quite as direct as some of her other books. Being part native American on my father's side, I enjoy the learning available in Erdrich's books. There was a particularly wonderful paragraph toward the end that I'm going to quote below:

"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to fe
...more
sylas
Ughhhhh. She kills me with her writing. I loved the first person narrative of this book. The story was so deeply interwoven (even more so than I'm used to with Erdrich) and engaging. I couldn't put this book down and loved the themes of grief and healing and the ways that she complicated these already complex experiences. She's the best.
Taryn
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I think there was a better story to be told here. I kept on because she writes so beautifully
Julie
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Louise Erdrich novel, and it won't be my last. Beautiful writing about pain, healing, and hope.
Amy Brown
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
3.5 stars. No, four. No, 3.5.

The Painted Drum is really three stories joined by one object, an elaborate Ojibwe ceremonial drum which turns up in a New Hampshire attic. The first story is that of the estate appraiser who discovers the drum in the attic; the second is of the man who made the drum; and the third is of a struggling single mother whose daughter is drawn to the drum in a time of desperation.

This is a good book, and an easy read. The characters are rich and interesting, and the relati
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I generally do NOT like this author, but this was one that had some merit. I was able to finish it, which I usually can't do with Erdrich, so that says a lot right there.

I found this passage particularly moving:

"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And wh
...more
Cyndie
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A mother and daughter live a quiet life in rural New Hampshire. They make a living by buying and selling antiques. While accessing the estate of a man who was a descendant of a North Dakota Indian agent, the daughter (Faye Travers) steals a mysterious drum. She has never done anything like this but is powerfully compelled to not only take it - but to find a way to return it to the tribe it came from. Within this narrative the story of the drum and its creation is revealed. The Drum's power - bor ...more
Jennifer Lyn
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Painted Drum was a haunting novel. I enjoyed reading it, but Louise Erdrich's writing really struck me at the end. As threads of story and character wove together, I stumbled across this quote I love: "Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it ha ...more
Cyndi Chauvin
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most favorite part of the book:

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, w
...more
Lisa
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complicated, intertwined, across generations and geography. Erdrich is one of my favorite authors. A couple of quotes that will stick with me: "Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or d ...more
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“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” 9254 likes
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up.” 219 likes
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