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The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich
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Apr 21, 2007

it was amazing
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This woman is an AMAZING author with an incredible talent for finding her characters' voices. There are alot of people in this book whose lives are intertwining, and you come to know all (or at least most) of them so intimately that it is slightly jarring when the perspective changes from one to another. And yet you quickly become familiar again with the way each person is and how they see their world. They are all very real and very honest. My only problem with this book was that it felt rushed at the end, and I lost the feeling of being inside the characters' heads. However, there was a sense of life speeding up and everybody hurtling towards their seemingly inevitable ends that I believe was intentional. In fact, the turning point in this change of perspective shortly follows one character's observations about one's spirit being part of a larger pattern. I highly recommend this novel!
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Rebecca Amanda recommended this book to me and I agree with her review. Erdrich is so good at drawing you in and giving a real sense of the character's surroundings. It's a visceral book with great depth and originality. The opening of the novel is by far my favorite part, though I appreciate how the story moves in unexpected ways.


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