The Round House (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.

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When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780606317757
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 321
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

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    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 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

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    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 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.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Booklover

    Outstanding, muli~layered and a very good story.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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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 February 8, 2013

    Good Louise Erdrich

    If you haven't read her, this is both a good introduction to her and a bit bewildering. Her writing is amazing - the first sentence will grab you. But some of the references to American Indian history, law and folklore may sail over your head. Also, as before, there are characters re -appearing from earlier novels. Also, if you don't read the New Yorker, you won't necessarily realize that some of the embedded "stories" were in fact short stories previously published. All of that being said - READ IT. She is an amazing writer. She narrates stories that all Americans should know about. And then go back and start with "Love Medicine," her first and go forward. You will relish every minute!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Intricate, enjoyable, and entertaining story, though dealing wit

    Intricate, enjoyable, and entertaining story, though dealing with social issues that are uncomfortably challenging. Issues are not Anglo-European nor Native American, but human issues. Not all loose ends are tied, but that is how it should be. - Doctor Blue

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2012

    More great writing

    Great plot...and of course her unique way of delivery.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    I loved this book

    I don't usually identify with stories about preteen boys, but this is story for anyone with a heart or conscience. Don't skip the Afterword. Knowing that this a story that seems to have no end, makes it that much more poignant.

    It is so well written that the characters will stay in your mind as if you are remembering them as real, not invented. This is a novel but will stay with you as if you lived it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2012

    Absolutely wonderful!

    No wonder she has been recently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for this book - her third time being nominated for writing.

    The book is written through the viewpoint of a young teenager, but is totally identifiable.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2013

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    On a reservation in North Dakota, a woman is brutally raped and

    On a reservation in North Dakota, a woman is brutally raped and beaten and nearly killed, but escapes her attacker. What follows throughout this story is a sorting-out, a coming-to-terms, and a desire for justice.

    The story is narrated by Joe Coutts, a courageous thirteen-year-old Ojibwe boy living on the reservation. His family is “wealthy” by reservation standards, with a nice, but modest, home and plenty to eat. His father Antone is a tribal judge, and his mother Geraldine is something of a tribal genealogist-- it’s her job to keep track of family lines and name changes and the like.

    Geraldine is the woman raped at the beginning of the story, and her son Joe must deal with the feelings this rouses in him, and must attempt, along with his father, to repair their fractured family.

    The extended family consists of Geraldine's sister Clemence, who lives nearby with their father Mooshum (Joe's grandfather), and her husband Edward. Also Geraldine and Clemence's brother Whitey lives on the reservation, and along with ex-stripper Sonja he runs a gas station on the reservation.

    Young Joe has the emotional support of his group of friends. Cappy Lafournais is his loyal best friend, and like a brother to him. Zack and cousin Angus round out the group (Angus lives in abject poverty on the res, and it isn't uncommon to see him sporting a black eye or bruised cheek.)

    This story shines a spotlight on the inability to prosecute many crimes committed against Native Americans, due to the convoluted maze of laws in regard to Natives, reservation grounds vs. non-reservation property, and who is even considered to be Native American (which has turned into a complicated formula of what percent you are this or that.)

    One thing I had difficulty with at times is the author's writing style. At times it is very clipped and staccato, which is always a bit of a put-off for me. And the dialogue doesn’t use quotations, which I always find a bit confusing, as it makes it difficult for me to discern dialogue from thought from narrative. But she definitely has a way with words, and at times I felt my mind say, "Oh!" at the way she expressed something.

    Overall I found it to be a powerful story, original and unembellished.

    My final word: Part mystery and part family drama, it’s a tragic story, rife with poverty, abuse, alcoholism, death. But overshadowing it all is a sense of hope, of a people who hold a fragile grasp on all of the good that life has to offer, who suck the marrow from life. There is hope in this young boy Joe.

    2 out of 2 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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  • 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 December 3, 2012

    Excellent

    A very moveing glimpse into a little known part of American society.

    2 out of 2 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 November 13, 2014

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    I found this to be a fantastic novel! However, one thing to note

    I found this to be a fantastic novel! However, one thing to note is that there are times where things of a sexual nature are discussed. There is, of course, the rape itself. But there are also events and comments that are very sexual in nature. I found all of this to be in good taste and it didn't disrupt from the important themes that Erdrich has placed in this novel. If the reader is not bothered by sexual themes then there should be no problem with reading this.
    Like all of Erdrich's work, The Round House makes wonderful use of many literary components; things such as symbolism and motif are used beautifully and contribute greatly to the story. That being said, the reader is highly encouraged to keep a sharp eye on recurring themes and ideas because they truly make the story far more exciting. But of course the novel is great even if certain other literary aspects are overlooked!
    Another fantastic aspect of this novel is one of the things that Erdrich does best: give insight into what Native American life is like. It is a part of this country that many people overlook and this is an intriguing way to become more informed.
    A lot of people who have reviewed this novel have been calling it "stupid" and saying that it jumped around. But the literary components really are a huge part of this novel and I feel that perhaps these readers may have overlooked this. As for the "jumping around" comments, it adds to the effect that the novel gives. It also gets the reader to really think about what's going on and get more involved in the way the story is moving. Additionally, people have been discussing their disapproval of the lack of quotation marks. Please, do not let this put you off. I also found this extremely annoying when I began reading this novel but I got used to it once I really got into the story. You must keep in mind, the writer does everything for a reason, including leaving out her quotation marks. This, too, adds to the literary effect. It also gives the reader something to ponder; to question its significance.
    This novel truly is fantastic, and Louise Erdrich is a fascinating writer. The moods and concepts that she depicts are beautifully conveyed in her detailed imagery and carefully crafted words. I would definitely read this novel again, and I would of course suggest that others read it as well.

    1 out of 1 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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  • Posted November 24, 2013

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    Discovering a new, powerful voice, this was my first read of Ms.

    Discovering a new, powerful voice, this was my first read of Ms. Erdrich's work. I was instantly struck by her ease in conveying the setting and the characters on the Ojibwe Reservation. Having spent many years with Native folks from several different Nations in our family business, her writing brought me right back into those memories with an astounding accuracy. She also has created some of the most accurate, moving portraits of teen age boys that I have ever read. Putting thoughtful, good people into the heart of impossible evil and telling the story of their journey to re-discover themselves and some sense of justice, brought this reader serious lessons, but not devoid of humor, high spirits or joy along the way. She captures the spirit that sustains Native people caught between cultural pressures and helps clarify to the rest of America, how far we still need to come to provide equal protection under the law. She has also revealed a great deal of her own heart in the process. She is a first rate storyteller not to be missed. Once I read a bit about the author, I realized that there was another spirit alive in her work. It seemed to me to be the same spirit that had a group of traditional Lakota women find the courage to occupy Wounded Knee back in the early 1970s to protest what passed for justice in Pine Ridge. Ms. Erdrich's story reminded me of the power, humor and strength in another Ojibwe from Turtle Mountain. Leonard Peltier

    1 out of 1 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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