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Reading For Pleasure Wednesday: Louise Erdrich

July 16, 2008

Louise Erdrich’s, The Plague of Doves, Author Louise Erdrich.

In 1911, near Pluto, North Dakota, on the edge of a big Indian reservation, four Indians come across the bodies of a murdered farm family. They quickly become suspects. There’s a lynching. And from that deadly beginning, novelist Louise Erdrich unfolds her latest big book, “The Plague of Doves.” Erdrich has planted her flag as one of the country’s most prominent Native American authors. But her stories embrace the whole nation, in all its colors and cultures and braided history. This hour, On Point: Louise Erdrich and “The Plague of Doves.”

Just started reading today. Right now I’m listening to the above NPR interview featuring Louise Erdrich. She just read the very first page titled, SOLO. Here it is (very scary):

The gun jammed on the last shot and the baby stood holding the crib rail, eyes wild, bawling. The man sat down in an upholstered chair and began taking his gun apart to see why it wouldn’t fire. The baby’s crying set him on edge. He put down the gun and looked around for a hammer, but saw the gramophone. He walked over to it. There was already a record on the spindle, so he cranked the mechanism and set down the needle. He sat back down in the chair and picked up his work as the music flowed into the room. The baby quieted. An unearthly violin solo in the middle of the record made the man stop, the pieces of the gun in his hands. He got up when the music was finished and cranked the gramophone and put the recording back on. This happened three times. The baby fell asleep. The man repaired the gun so the bullet slid nicely into its chamber. He tried it several times, then rose and stood over the crib. The violin reached a crescendo of strange sweetness. He raised the gun. The odor of raw blood was all around him in the closed room.

Professor Cero is reading Barbara Sher.

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