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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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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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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    Not my favorite Louise Erdrich book, but an okay read.

    Not my favorite Louise Erdrich book, but an okay read.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    A pretty good read

    I enjoyed the book, thoughbat times it was very slow. Some of the information seemed endless and unncessary and took constraint not to skip it.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    an easy read that keeps you wanting to know the end

    Living in North Dakota and knowing of the Native American culture in the area, I wanted to read this book. It didn't give me the insight I thought it would into the culture but instead I found an easy book to read that kept me wanting to know how it ended. The author paints a clear picture of her characters and the book could have been longer to give the characters more depth. I first heard of the book as it was highlighted in the Whole Living Magazine and then I heard about it on NPR, a found it to be a sign that I should read it, I am glad that I did.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

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    Good story, and it held my interest. Only complaint is that quot

    Good story, and it held my interest. Only complaint is that quotation marks were not used for dialogue, which could be VERY confusing at times The story is told in first-person, so if the dialogue was in first-person too, it was difficult to know whether it was another character speaking, or just the main character narrating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    Extremely well written and compelling. Though I struggled throug

    Extremely well written and compelling. Though I struggled through some parts because of the vulgar and obscene
    conversations and scenes, the book was a decent read and I enjoyed the tragic ending. Would I read it again?
    Probably not--the language and scenes verge on being extremely erotic and disturbing. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Soul

    Screeches and runs and hides

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Setag

    Don't think it is a five star, but interesting from Native American standpoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    This is available for $7.99 as a Kindlebook.....I can't wait unt

    This is available for $7.99 as a Kindlebook.....I can't wait until my Nook dies and I am switching over, this is insane!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

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    A very good book.

    I can't resist comparing Louise Erdrich's writing to Tony Hillerman's, and I loved his stories.

    The plot is unique and its characters are perfectly matched to the storyline.

    Her insight of American Indian culture, past and present, enriched the story.

    I really liked this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Disappointed.

    This book was very well written in the beginning. I felt that the ending was just hastily put together and it left me feeling extremely empty and disappointed. I do not understand how it has won a major book award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

    Not what I was hoping

    As a rule, I love books about Native Americans, but I did not enjoy this story. It is very well-written, but just did not appeal to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Would be especially enjoyed if you have knowledge of reservation life.

    The author has lived on an Indian Reservation and so realistically describes how people live including the consequences of poverty. The story is well written, a mystery involved, but the ending was abrupt and left me wondering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Interesting info on Indian reservations today and a real page turner

    This is a sad commentary on how reservation Indians are treated and their legal problems. The story is a exciting, fast moving. Good character studies. I have read many other books by Louise Ehrlich and liked them all.

    BC Scrim

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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