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The Plague of Doves

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Louise Erdrich is at the top of her game with this terrific tale.

The massacre occurs on a farm near Pluto, North Dakota. Only an infant daughter survives. The white community is outraged and in a fevered pitch, a posse acting more like a mob search for Ojibwe Indians whom they blame for the horrific incident. When the posse finds s...
The massacre occurs on a farm near Pluto, North Dakota. Only an infant daughter survives. The white community is outraged and in a fevered pitch, a posse acting more like a mob search for Ojibwe Indians whom they blame for the horrific incident. When the posse finds several Indians, they hold them responsible without evidence and hang them; one of them Seraph "Mooshum" Milk survives. -------------

Over the next few decades, the families involved in the lynching incident intermingle. Mooshum's granddaughter Evelina Harp is raised on a nearby reservation in the1 960s and 1970s. As a teen she falls for bad-boy Corwin Peace and is friendly with a nun, who unbeknownst to her is descendents of the lynch mob; in fact she is too as part of her family come from that vigilante mob. Evelina attends college and work at a mental asylum Corwin becomes a felon.------------

In some ways this excellent story is a series of vignettes that are told in a non-linear manner; a technique that adds depth to what happened in 1911 and how by the 1970s the descendents of those involved in the two murderous incidents have intertwining lives. The complex story line is made even more complex by the many fully developed and important characters although Evelina as the narrator keeps the plot sort of focused. This is a winner as fans learn through a lot of seemingly irrelevant and apparently unrelated clues the truth of that tragic year once the big picture becomes complete. Louise Erdrich is at the top of her game with this terrific tale.---------

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on April 30, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

quirky

I had a hard time reading this book. It does have an original plot with stand out characters but they hardy seemed to be believable. I was reading it for book club and I don't think I would have finished it if I wasn't going to discuss it. I found the book tedious and n...
I had a hard time reading this book. It does have an original plot with stand out characters but they hardy seemed to be believable. I was reading it for book club and I don't think I would have finished it if I wasn't going to discuss it. I found the book tedious and not free flowing and I wasn't alone in my reactions.Some members didn't finish it because they thought it lost direction too. On the positive side, she has presented memorable but "quirky" characters. We read challenging books in our book club but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

posted by kitts on November 12, 2009

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

    quirky

    I had a hard time reading this book. It does have an original plot with stand out characters but they hardy seemed to be believable. I was reading it for book club and I don't think I would have finished it if I wasn't going to discuss it. I found the book tedious and not free flowing and I wasn't alone in my reactions.Some members didn't finish it because they thought it lost direction too. On the positive side, she has presented memorable but "quirky" characters. We read challenging books in our book club but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2009

    Didn't Grab Me in time to enjoy the book

    It was difficult understanding and following the characters; definitely not a page turner.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2009

    I made it through..........

    Not up to her usual standards. Plot was confusing at best. Some interesting characters and an unusual narration but a real drudge for me. Loved visiting her bookstore in Minneapolis/St.Paul. She stopped by and was charming.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2009

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    Very Disappointing

    Louise has to be one of my all-time favorite writers. I've had the book for quite sometime , but finally got around to reading it. I was very disappointed. I had a heck of a time following the plot. The first few chapters when she was talking about the women dancing with doves flying made sense as well as the tales of abuse etc., but then all of a sudden I had to turn the book over to see if I had mistakenly picked up the wrong book! I kept reading for several more chapters and I still couldn't make sense of it. It seemed that nothing made sense or was even connected to anything else. I know Louise writes exceptionally well and it just didn't measure up to her usual mark of excellence. Well only one of her books that I didn't like I guess isn't too bad. Just hope her next one is up to her usual!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

    Not a book I would recommend...

    Three quarters through this book I wondered how the author would manage to pull together all the weird characters: an evangelist, a lesbian who interns in a mental hospital and ends up being admitted as a patient, an ancient Native American, etc., etc. In the end I was not satisfied with the forced result. The plot was a bit too obtuse, and none the characters were particularly endearing.

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