Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Book Review: The Plague of Doves


The Plague of Doves, written last year by Louise Erdrich, weaves together a string of stories narrated by three main characters: Mooshum (a full-bred Ojibwe Indian), Evelina (his granddaughter), and Judge Antone Bazil Coutts (a mixed blood). The individuals take turns revealing tales about themselves and their family members. Erdrich leaves it up to the reader to unravel the truth of their words.

I'm sure you'll get caught up in the storyline like I did. There are many twists and turns along the way, with a surprise or two thrown in. I was stunned each time I came to the end of a chapter, thinking I would miss the "voice" speaking to me. But since the characters all live in the town of Pluto, North Dakota or on the nearby reservation, you keep running into them as the book progresses. The final chapter is aptly told by the president of Pluto's Historical Society, who happens to be the first woman doctor in the town. She has a unique and unforeseen role in everyone's life.

The only drawback I saw with the book is the number of characters you need to keep track of. But that's doable, with a post-it as a bookmark!

4 comments:

Nancy said...

Looks interesting...I've read down my bedside pile to nothing and am looking for a good new book! Thanks for the review.

Janet Campbell said...

This sounds really interesting. I should run out and get it because all I'm reading lately is blogs! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment!
Many Blessings

book review said...

After reading your post, this book sounds interesting,i will find this book in the book store.

uniquecommodities said...

Sounds interesting I am reading two books and listening to another on Audio CD. LOL! I hope I can finish them this year..LOL

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