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The Plague of Doves

Erdrich, Louise

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Plague of Doves
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The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0060515120
9780060515126
9780060515133
Branch Call Number: FICTION ERDRICH
Characteristics: 313 p. ;,24 cm

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The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the... Read More »

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Oct 08, 2013
  • ITC rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I agree with MarmaMC. It does jump around and is hard to follow. I think one chapter could have been left out. I think 2 chapters could have been left out, not sure what they had to do with the main story.

Aug 08, 2012
  • sylas rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was a brilliantly woven tale of growing up and building relationships amid trauma and difficulty.

Aug 15, 2011
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A Plague of Doves is a set of connected stories, peopled in the most part by characters of mixed Indian-
White blood. Set on and around a reservation in North Dakota, concerning two communities, one Indian, one White. We read of their differences and their similarities, the various truths of living in a small, isolated area where mistrust and suspicion is the norm.

At the heart of this book, outlined at the very beginning, is a story of the terrible murder of a white farming family. The survival of a baby and the immediate outlash at the Indian community. These deeds set the tone and echo on through the generations to come. We eventually learn who the murderer was and who the baby grew up to become.

The stories jump around from person to person, backwards and forwards in time, You would think they would be a bit disjointed but Louise Erdrich is able to use language like an artist uses paint. She develops and enhances the pictures she is showing us. Her marvellous writing makes the whole book cohesive and real. These pages breathe life..

A fully populated, ultimately humane story, A Plague of Doves was a entertaining read about how entwined fates shaped the destiny of Pluto, North Dakota.

Apr 20, 2010
  • MamaMC rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Too many characters. Too hard to follow. Jumps around in time a lot, which is confusing. Disappointing.

Dec 05, 2009
  • macierules rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brutal and powerful writing. Images from this book will be seared into my brain for a long time. Multiple narrative voices were very challenging to keep straight, but it was worth it in the end.

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