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The Round House

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich just won (like last week!) the

The Round House by Louise Erdrich just won (like last week!) the National Book Award for fiction. I had this book on my to-read list for a while, but once I heard it won a large award, I had to see what the fuss was about.

The Round House takes place in 1988 on an Nat...
The Round House by Louise Erdrich just won (like last week!) the National Book Award for fiction. I had this book on my to-read list for a while, but once I heard it won a large award, I had to see what the fuss was about.

The Round House takes place in 1988 on an Native American reservation in North Dakota. The reservation is shaken when Joe’s mother is brutally raped. Joe and his father, a reservation judge, work to figure out who committed the crime in order to prosecute. This is a good distraction for them, since Mom has completely checked out and spends all her time in her room with the blinds closed.

However, solving this crime is not as easy as it seems, because the story is a little more complicated.

Joe’s only thirteen, but while he and his best friends work through their teenage trials and tribulations, they also work to find answers that they will be able to live with.

The Round House was an amazing read. The story was moving, honest, and emotional. You were able to peek into Native American traditions, as well as some of their struggles with the U.S. government. This is definitely a book I recommend!

Thank you to Goodreads First Reads and Harper Collins for the copy of this book!

Thanks for reading,

Rebecca @ Love at First Book

posted by RebeccaScaglione on November 19, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommended

I'm new to Louise Erdrich, so I can't compare this work with any of her others, but I enjoyed it very much. The protagonist, a 13 year old boy named Joe, is wise beyond his years, and is an unforgettable character. I love the way Erdrich writes from her Native America...
I'm new to Louise Erdrich, so I can't compare this work with any of her others, but I enjoyed it very much. The protagonist, a 13 year old boy named Joe, is wise beyond his years, and is an unforgettable character. I love the way Erdrich writes from her Native American perspective, giving the reader greater insight and understanding of that culture, while at the same time writing a very good story that is both universal and timeless. The story is complex and disturbing in a way real life stories can be, and I appreciated the fact that the ending to this book left me asking questions instead of tying everything up neatly. I should also say that I found the writing to be exceptional, and I will definitely start reading her other books.

posted by 2945798 on November 19, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Don't waste your $$

    This was about the dumbest thing I ever read. It could have been alot better, but everything was so disjointed and skipped around. Also it was a real put-off the way nothing any of the characters said was put in quotation marks.

    Very poorly written...wasted two days trying to slog my way through it. It sucked.

    6 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Highly recommend

    This novel is another great piece of literature from Louise Erdrich. I learn so much from her while being spellbound. She knows how to tell a story in the most compelling manner. While educating me about the modern day struggles of Native Americans,she never fails to show me clearly that our common humanity bonds us regardless of nationality of socioeconomic differences. I remain a devoted fan.

    6 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Could not finish. TERRIBLE

    Not a single redeeming quality. Waste of time and money. Terrible terrible terrible. Wish i could give it zero stars.

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2014

    As the facilitator of our Senior Center book group, I usually tr

    As the facilitator of our Senior Center book group, I usually try to find something good about every book we read so as not to prejudice anyone against a particular book.  However, I found this book to be SO boring and  difficult to keep my attention to that when I go to book club next week, I will find it impossible to say anything good about "The Round House".   Sorry.   The characters were not well defined, in my opinion, and the author would all of a sudden go "off topic" to give a detailed description of another character or event.   Because the dialogue was not in quotation marks, it was difficult to know when someone was actually speaking.  I do not recommend this book at all.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    Not Recommended

    I could not get in to this book. I did try but after reading a few
    chapters, it did not get any better.

    A friend of mine recommended this book to me and liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    ShadeHollow

    A pitch black she cat walked in. Her glowing green eyes glaring at everyone who meets eye contact. She has long curved silver claws, like knives growing front her paws. Battle scars adorn her body, and she wears them proudly.
    "I am ShadeHollow, fierce loner she cat. Will you accept me?" she asked, her voice strong & unwavering.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Disappointing and Boring, Boring, Boring I am not sure why this

    Disappointing and Boring, Boring, Boring
    I am not sure why this novel got such high ratings. There might have been an interesting story to tell but it was way too wordy and slow moving. The unabridged CD was absolutely awful. The reader, Gary Farmer, began by speaking very slowly. Just as I got used to his delivery, he began reading much faster and his voice seemed to change. I tried very hard to get through it but it was a struggle and I never made it past disk 2. Don't waste your money on this one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Utterly Terrible Book!

    I thougt the story centered on the rape of an NaTive American Indian and the ways the famity get together and try to find the rapist......boy...this story was pure gubberish and at times made no sense......Totally Terrible Read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    I wouldn't recommend it

    I didn't like the language in this book which probably destroyed it for me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Firegod

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