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Ine and The Beet ueen Tracks takes readers to North Dakota at a time when Indian tribes we. Tracks by Louise Erdrich is the first of the Erdrich Medicine Readalong in Instagram and I have enjoyed the discussion so far discussing memorable Anishinaabe characters that apparently will be reappearing in several novels The two narrators in Tracks Nanapush and Pauline are very distinct but Fleur must be the most compelling character I finished this a week ago and have continued to think about it so you know it s good

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Set earliest in time within the cycle of her prizewinning and bestselling books Love Medic. Don t say Tracks contains magical realism a review Tracks takes place in a time when life is changing for Anishinaabeg their land is being parcelled and sold traditional ways of life are beginning to fade as Western religion spreads children are being sent to residential schools and as white folk buy and settle on Indigenous soil racism and violence spread while the landscape is pillaged for lumberThrough Louise Erdrich s skillful prose we are given a startling intimate look into the poisonous effects of colonialism and the impact it had not only on native land but also on the Anishinaabe way of life and how nishnaabeg were forced to acclimate in order to surviveThis is a story that rings true for many Indigenous folk I saw my people here I felt their loss their pain but I also felt their strength and perseverance I felt the characters connection to their ancestors and their teachings To Anishinaabeg land was never something to be owned because it is our relation the trees the water the animals that walk the earth and the spirits that dwell in the most secret of places they are all our relationsThese views are still real to Anishinaabe today Ask anybody on my reserve why they won t whistle at night and they ll tell you a story that you might be uick to label as magical realism if you read it in a book It s not These beliefs spirits are a sacred part of our cultureIf the story told in Tracks weren t identical to what really occurred if native land hadn t been violently stolen if colonizers had immigrated here instead of forcibly settling imposing their worldview on all of Turtle Island maybe I wouldn t need to say this again and again Maybe you would read works like this and see nothing to do with magical realism Maybe Anishinaabe worldviews would be less romanticized and realizedRead Tracks Read books like Tracks with an uncolonized view and importantly don t impose that view on Indigenous books Indigenous people Just because your people don t honour lake spirits doesn t mean others wouldn t

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Re struggling to keep what little remained of their land Features many familiar characters. I haven t known how to review this book I finished it nearly a week ago and every morning I come to my computer and try to write something up Nothing which bears any fruit comes outIt is an incredibly good book I ve had books by Louise Erdrich on my shelf for many years now I think the first one was Four Souls I picked it up at my alma mater at a book sale brand new Soft covers only 199 if my memory serves me well Over the years as my collection of unread books expanded so did the number of books with Erdrich name on my shelf increase Love Medicine A Plague of Doves Bingo Palace And Tracks eventually from another book sale at my other alma mater 200 a soft cover For no good reason other than having an unreasonable number of unread books I had done nothing than transfer the books from shelf to shelf as I moved around the country and around the cities of my country It didn t help that Erdrich is often compared to Faulkner I have no idea why of course because I have never read any Faulkner this will change soon but Faulkner s most highly regarded work The Sound and The Fury is well known to be difficult I didn t want to read anything difficult perhaps Maybe I didn t want to read anything difficult unless it was written by a white man That s a possibility tooEarlier this year though I read an astonishing book by Toni Morrison After that I read a powerhouse of a novel by Doris Lessing And I found myself appreciating a woman s voice in my head with its patience and observation and keen attention to relationships As I finished The Iliad I knew I needed to reconnect with a strong female character or at the very least be guided by the wisdom of womanhood The Iliad with its senseless destruction of humanity and its brutality felt too grandiose to be real Morrison and Lessing with their keen attention to the sources of destruction the evil of humanity the jealousy of the soul the corruptibility of our ideals not the avarice of the gods felt realThat isn t uite what I got with this bookIt isn t that Erdrich isn t wise She is Wonderfully so And it isn t that Erdrich doesn t seem to understand conflict She clearly does in incredible ways Really truly I loved this novel I think this may be a great triumph of storytelling Erdrich uses two narrators in this story Neither of them are trustworthy One an old man named Nanapush is a wonderful grandfatherly character who appears to be uite foolish by the end of the novel The other a young woman named Pauline descends into a miraculous sad madness as she transitions away from her indigenous culture Both prove to be unsettling when seen through the others eyes both are very suspicious of the other Of course neither is suspicious of themselves Through these two figures we watch this community in North Dakota slowly change as it encounters the modern world and struggles to adaptAnd it really is the story of a community not just of individuals even though the binding figure is an indiviudal named Fleur Pillager Pauline knows her from her childhood when she witnessed her incredible power as a figure and watched her get raped by a group of men oh how she fought back though Nanapush rescued Fleur from starvation and illness in the dead of a North Dakota winter he then adopted her as her only caretaker She fell in love with Eli whose mother then became Nanapush s companion The four of them created an odd family of sorts living on the land of an Indian Reservation Fleur is a powerful creature who for various reasons takes on a mythical role in the community She even perhaps comes across as wild even compared to the rest of her family She scorns the townsite and instead lives in a cabin on her family s plot of land She is stubborn in this resolve and her family must adapt to it by moving into her cabin Here they hunt care for each other discuss the changes in the environment chat about the changes to the world around them insult the white man and make jokes about Pauline who pretends to be a white manThey are also isolatedAnd this isolation is what becomes important though you don t know it You see this is a story about treachery humanity about the expansion of The West into a part of the world that is still grappling with the expansion of The West The plot lurches forward uncomfortably Perhaps it is telling us life even in the face of horrific changes well beyond our control changes that make us feel powerless perhaps life is still worth living thenIt s hard to say really The ending is actually just a beautiful stage for us to interpret It doesn t want to hold our hand and I suspect that Erdrich doesn t want to provide us with some simple philosophy or lesson She deals with the weight of history and its cacophony of nonsense Simple ideas are not helpful when playing with historyI still don t know what I m saying about this novel It is a complex think piece But it is beautiful and powerful and it contains some beautiful and powerful reading Did I mention that the moment I finished reading this book I wanted to start it over again There are treats here for the reader who will read it a second timeI m glad to have read this book Maybe even than glad Discovering Erdrich is one of the great achievements of my reading year thus far If you haven t enjoyed her work just yet do so soon


10 thoughts on “Tracks AUTHOR Louise Erdrich

  1. says:

    A tribe of chicken scratch that can be scattered by a wind diminished to ashes by one struck match You wouldn't make a Disney movie out of genocide would you? Then why does Pocahontas exist? I was only recently led to this argument by the Internet and it is yet another of many that I wished I had come across much much much earlier

  2. says:

    Because I loved reading William Faulkner in college when I discovered in Louise Erdrich a similar depth of voice honest characters and a consistent imaginative setting I fell in love with her writing too In the interest of disclosing bias I grew up in the farming town of Valley Center near several Indian reservations Th

  3. says:

    Don’t say Tracks contains magical realism a review Tracks takes place in a time when life is changing for Anishinaabeg their land

  4. says:

    Tracks by Louise Erdrich is the first of the Erdrich Medicine Readalong in Instagram and I have enjoyed the discussion so far discussing memorable Anishinaabe characters that apparently will be reappearing in several novels The two narrators in Tracks Nanapush and Pauline are very distinct but Fleur must be the most compelling character I finished this a week ago and have continued to think about it so you know

  5. says:

    This is only the 2nd book I've read by Louise Erdrich many thanks to Michael a member here on Goodreads as he recommended it to me My first thought when I finished reading this novel All cultures and time periods have their problems Being born Jewish I'm familiar with our 'meshugener' nutty crazy clan Plus we've many Jewish writers writing about our history our culture our foods our personals families etc But I don't kn

  6. says:

    We started dying before the snow and like the snow we continued to fall The opening sentences of Tracks read like a lament for a dying race as

  7. says:

    Two people at opposing poles of a small fragmentary society narrate this story yet their accounts agree where they interse

  8. says:

    I haven't known how to review this book I finished it nearly a week ago and every morning I come to my computer

  9. says:

    A great read moving evocative really takes you into the hearts and minds of the Native American loss of culture land traditions and how it affected individuals on a personal as well as community level In this reminded me very much of Joseph Boyden's Through Black Spruce esp in its tracing of the path of divisions within

  10. says:

    For centuries the aboriginal people of North America have suffered through countless forms of injustice some brazenly violent others subtly sowing the seeds of despair Loss hunger and sadness are abiding themes that thread through t

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