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The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
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Jul 12, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: award, historical, north-dakota, 1910s, 1920s, germany, american-indian, 1930s, 1940s, world-war-2, world-war-1
Read from December 13 to 27, 2010

Great story of a German immigrant to North Dakota after WW1 and his wife and boys who grow up to fight for different sides in WW2. I love the time period of 1918-1940s, Erdrich's Native American ties, development of flawed but sympathetic characters and the surprise twist at the end.
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12/14/2010 page 44
11.0% "Great Beginning! Alternating chapters delve into the conjunction of German and Ojibwe storylines in a small 'boom' town in North Dakota during the 1920s. Former German soldier now butcher, Fidelis, has immigrated to Argus and the Ojibwe character, Cyprian, accompanied by Delphine, another resident of Argus, is currently touring the northern Midwest as an acrobat/balancing act with an entertainment group."
12/20/2010 page 131
33.0% "Erdrich tells a great story. Now in the 1930s, Delphine works in the butcher shop and has become friends with Eva who unfortunately is dying of cancer. Subplots involve Delphine's father Roy the town drunk (and the family found dead in his basement), and Fidelis and Eva's sons who are growing older. Cyprian is involved in transporting illegal alcohol across the border from Canada for Minneapolis mafia types."
12/22/2010 page 199
50.0% "Life goes on in North Dakota in the 1930s. Setting the stage for WW2 and how will the German immigrants be treated then?"

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