The Round House

The Round House An exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family One of the most revered nove

  • Title: The Round House
  • Author: Louise Erdrich
  • ISBN: 9781472108142
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • An exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.One of the most revered novelists of our time a brilliant chronicler of Native American life Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves wiAn exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.One of the most revered novelists of our time a brilliant chronicler of Native American life Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich s The Round House is a page turning masterpiece of literary fiction at once a powerful coming of age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.

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    • Will Byrnes says:

      The Round House is a knockout of a book.Louise Erdrich is one of the true deities in America's literary Olympus. With The Round House she has used her mythic creative powers to give us a book that can be read as a page-turner about a terrible crime, the attempt to identify the criminal and take action, or as a rich, layered look at a culture in a place and time, and a lad coming of age within it, the tale imbued with telling details, a colorful palette of imagery and cultural significance. Or be [...]

    • Emilia says:

      Louise Erdrich now has me as a fan, even though I've previously resisted reading her adult novels. There are two reasons for this: 1) As part of my Native American studies curriculum, I tried reading her children's book The Birchbark House to a class of second graders. It bored them to tears so I stopped reading the book aloud to them and abandoned it altogether. 2) Louise Erdrich was married to Michael Dorris, a professor/writer whose claim to Native American heritage was called into question. [...]

    • Elaine says:

      There is obviously a lot of erudition about Native American lore, folkways and post-colonization history that went into this book. There is also clearly a lot of love put into the detailed recreation of life on a reservation in the 1980s. And there are also the bones of a classic coming of age story here, along with some memorable characters -- the randy foul-mouthed octagenarian grandparents, the quirky postmistress who was abandoned by her white family and is a rare "adopted in" Native America [...]

    • Michael says:

      A perfect novel to me, with Erdrich at the top of her game. Through several of her past books, she has a great track record in bringing to life a memorable line of characters in the Ojibwe tribe in North Dakota over different epochs of history. Here we get the vibrant portrait of a family on the reservation trying to recover from a brutal rape of the mother in 1988. The story is from the perspective of a 13 year old boy, Joe, with occasional overviews that reveal the fictional narrator is making [...]

    • Annet says:

      This is a wonderful, moving book, I'm sure it will be one of my reading highlights this year. Picked it up at Newark airport last January. Great, interesting and fascinating story, variety of great and weird characters, a bit of surreal supernatural woven in, insights into the culture, traditions and life on an Indian reservation, the love of family and friends, a coming of age story which made me think a bit of Stand By Me. It's the story of Joe, 13 years old, living on an Indian reservation in [...]

    • Katie says:

      The Round House is narrated by Joe, a thirteen year old Indian boy (I hate the term “Native American": it sounds patronising to my ears unless you’re going to call all white Americans “ex Europeans” or some such nonsense: “Indians” might be daft but at least like “cowboys” it summons up the exotic wonder and affection of childhood) living on a reservation when the events depicted in the novel take place. When his mother is raped and becomes a shell of her former self Joe is catap [...]

    • Debbie says:

      I hate cilantro; even a tiny bit can ruin an otherwise wonderful dish. I mostly hate ghosts, mythology, dreams, religion, and political messages, and these topics all ruined an otherwise fine novel. I realize it’s a long list of dislikes, but really, a novel should be all about character and plot development. The characters were sort of boring or too stereotypical, and the plot, though interesting, was too broken up for me to appreciate it. Okay, the main character, Joe, did struggle with the [...]

    • Terry Everett says:

      What a powerful book.

    • Jack says:

      Told from the perspective of a 13 year old Indian boy in 1988, it is the story of how the brutal rape of his mother effects his life, the life of his family and his community. A New York Times best seller, many must find this book compelling, however I found the writing tedious and had a hard time finishing.

    • Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

      Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/First things first, yes I am going to use gifs even whilst reviewing a real modern day classic. Don’t like it? Suck it.Okay. Now that that is out of the way let me ask you all a question: Are you a lunatic like me and sometimes actively seek out something in hopes that it will make you feel bad? If not, let me ‘splain things. I was born with a bit of a deficiency . . . It takes a lot to make me have any emotion aside from happiness or anger. The combo [...]

    • Brian says:

      "Just an observation of the truth."I initially gave “The Round House” 3 stars. It is a good read, with some excellent characterization and I read it at a decent pace and enjoyed it while doing so. However, when I was done with it, I was like “well, that was good, what’s next?” I was hoping for it to induce more than that in me. After discussing it with my book club, I moved up my opinion of it. I am content to give it 4 stars in the end.The good thing about this novel is that the suspe [...]

    • Julie Christine says:

      On two successive nights this week I woke suddenly, yelling out in fright. In my dreams I was moments away from becoming the victim of a horrific assault. Shaken, I turned on the light, shifting uncomfortably in sheets soaked in my sweat, and I reached for The Round House. Louise Erdrich’s profound novel haunted my dreams and moved me to tears and laughter in my waking hours.Geraldine Coutts, an Ojibwe living on a reservation in North Dakota, doesn’t escape from her nightmare. On a gentle sp [...]

    • Saleh MoonWalker says:

      Onvan : The Round House - Nevisande : Louise Erdrich - ISBN : 62065246 - ISBN13 : 9780062065247 - Dar 323 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2012

    • Cathy DuPont says:

      With many thanks to my friend, Will Byrnes, I read The Round House and while stingy with five stars, this book was without question, five stars. If I could give it more, I would.I had prior knowledge of the problem of crimes against women on U. S. Indian Reservations specifically the inability of determining jurisdiction of areas, adding to the fact (due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling) that on the reservation, non-Indians cannot be charged with crimes committed on Indian reservations, so I wasn [...]

    • Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

      I was in a rush to finish this tonight before the National Book Award winner was announced, and I got to the last page right as the ceremony was starting. It ended up winning this year's award, so I'm glad I chose this novel to read over the other two I didn't get to.In an Ojibwe community, a mother is brutally raped. The novel is told from her son's perspective as their family tries to heal and they attempt to catch who did this horrible thing. Most of it is told in the time of the story, but o [...]

    • Melki says:

      I still haven't forgiven Louise Erdrich for The Crown of Columbus, that turd of a book she wrote with her then-husband, Michael Dorris. National Book Award winner, or not, quite honestly, I only read this one because I needed a book set in North Dakota for my Reading the 50 States challenge. I was actually fine with the main storyline of how a mother's brutal rape affects the entire family, UNTIL Erdrich began introducing minor characters with stories to tell that were far richer and more compel [...]

    • Margitte says:

      Spring 1988. A woman is attacked and brutally raped somewhere in the Indian reservation. Joe, the thirteen-year-old son of Geraldine Coutts experienced the shock, horror and drama of his mother's condition when he and his father, Bazil, the tribal judge rushed her off to hospital. Geraldine's only way of recovering was to shut herself up in a shell of silence and darkness, while the young boy struggled to grow up before the sun rose the next morning. Together with his father, and his best friend [...]

    • Mij Woodward says:

      Maybe it's my age (68). Maybe it's a peculiar idiosyncrasy that I am unable to tolerate ANY passages in a novel that seem to be aimed at teaching me something.I do like to be taught. But in a novel, any teachings have to be cleverly disguised, and just sort of snuck into the plot. Maybe all that I learned about the Chippewa in North Dakota, and the injustices they and other Native groups face from our country's stupid fractured legal system, and life on the reservation--maybe that learning deser [...]

    • Elyse says:

      This is one of those stories I can't imagine 'ever' forgetting. WOW-WOW-WOW."The WRITING" by Louise Erdrich was EXCEPTIONAL. I wish *I* had words to describe what she 'did' on paper what I liked SOOOOOOOOO much. (I loved how the author 'inserted' ADULT *Joe* like a 'drop-of-spilled-water' into the story---then carried on 'BEING' young *Joe*: smooth -as- silk!)Readers ALMOST didn't notice what SHE was doing. I loved how the author gave us 'enough' information needed --but not 'too much'. DAMN: I' [...]

    • Kylie says:

      Easily the best book I've read in 2012. So good that I'm writing my first review. The Round House is beautiful, sobering, and heartbreaking, yet manages some humorous moments as well. At its surface, this book is about a rape committed on an Ojibwe reservation, the aftermath of this brutality. At its heart, it is about what we call "soul wounds", redemption, the abiding love a boy has for his mother, the coming of age of a boy whose life is defined by one tragic event, and the sad truth of how p [...]

    • Diane Yannick says:

      National Book Award? Not for me. An important Native American legal loophole was brought to light.---when a Native American woman is raped by a non-native man, legal jurisprudence is lacking. For me, this could have been done more effectively with a tighter, more focused story.I cared about Joe, the 13 year old whose mother was raped. I appreciated the author's authentic voice and her use of elder's stories when they directly related to the storyline.What I didn't like was all of those rambling [...]

    • Claudia says:

      Recht versus Gerechtigkeit"Eine beeindruckende menschliche Geschichte". Erdrich dringt in den dunkelsten Winkel eines Menschen und so zum Grund der Wahrheit über eine ganze Gemeinschaft vor."Der 13-jährige Joe und seine drei Freunde Cappy, Zack und Angus führen ein unbeschwertes Leben in einem Reservat in North Dakota. Eines Tages wird Joe´s Mutter Geraldine Opfer eines brutalen Übergriffs, bei dem sie sich in letzter Minute retten kann. Schwer traumatisiert und depressiv verläßt sie ihr [...]

    • Bonnie says:

      The National Book Award Winner for Fiction (2012)My rating: 3.5 of 5 starsA copy of The Round House was provided to me by Harper Collins for review purposes.'The sun fell onto the kitchen floor in golden pools, but it was an ominous radiance, like the piercing light behind a western cloud.'In 1988, thirteen year old Joe is forever changed when he and his father come home to find his mother covered in blood. She had been attacked, but she managed to get away to safety. Joe is unable to understand [...]

    • Jan Rice says:

      Don't you Indians have your own hospital over there?It's 1988 and Joe and his father have brought his grievously injured mother to the hospital. He doesn't evade his interlocutor's gaze; his mother has taught him how to respond when such sentiments break out.There has been a crime. But because this is a reservation and because the location of the scene of the crime isn't clear, the perpetrator walks. His mother has been devastated. His idolized father, a tribal judge, is suddenly stripped of sup [...]

    • Darlene says:

      It was a Sunday morning in the spring of 1988 that Geraldine Coutts, a member of the Ojibwe tribe of North Dakota, whose job and responsibility it was to determine eligibility for tribal membership, hurriedly and appearing distraught, left her home for an unexpected meeting. When she returned home later that day to her husband Bazil and son Joe, they were shocked by her condition covered with blood and appearing to be in shock. Geraldine Coutts had been severely beaten and brutally raped and the [...]

    • Elizabeth says:

      I am not even going to try and review this book because Will did such a fantastic job of it already:/review/show/I only want to add that the friendship between Joe and his best friend Cappy was so affecting it almost killed me.

    • Erica says:

      I forgot that when reading Erdrich, I need to play close attention and remember everything because everything has meaning or returns later in some fashion.I absolutely love the way this woman writes.It seems that there have been readers who thought they would be getting a crime-solving mystery with this book and have been disappointed. I think there is as much crime-solving mystery here as there is in To Kill a Mockingbird. Actually, if you mix that book with "Stand By Me" and some Sherman Alexi [...]

    • Mosca says:

      ***************************************Louise Erdrich surprises me every time.I feared that this book was going in one direction for almost 85% of its progression. But, behaving like the stealth predators she references repeatedly here, Louise Erdrich restructures the assumptions; and compels the reader to reassess.We are then trapped.So much is brought together in the last 15% that this reader will certainly re-read this book.History, the Spirit world, our depraved political and legal nightmare [...]

    • ColleenD says:

      I was so intensely into this book. Ecclesiastes Chapter 1, verse 4 - One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh, but the earth abideth forever. Of course the rapist-except I didn't use that word: I used attacker-Darth Vadar vs. EmperorsHe acted crazy to sort his friends from his enemies. Material evil vs. moral evilThe only thing God can do, and does all of the time, is to draw good from any evil situation.

    • Roxane says:

      Wonderful novel, with an ending so stark and sharp and haunting. At times the narrative wanders in ways that frustrate but Erdrich's talent is undeniable and this novel reminds me of Possessing the Secret of Joy for what it does to create fiction that both tells a story and makes a political statement. This book is well worth the read.

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