Thursday, April 26, 2007

TERRIFIC READS--The Master Butchers Singing Club

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a blog about a terrific read--The Life of Pi. At the time, I didn't title my blog TERRIFIC READS, but since I read alot and love reading, and since I am frequently asked for book recommendations, I have decided to write the occasional blog about a TERRIFIC READ. (I suspect that writing blogs on TERRIFIC READS will outlast blogs on Saturday Soups!)

Two days ago, I finished reading Louise Erdrich's novel The Master Butchers Singing Club. Yes, this book is a terrific read. This is exactly the kind of book I would choose to use in a literature class. It is packed with wonderful characters, a sense of history, an episodic but compelling plot, and a wonderful narrative voice. If you want a bit more of a description of the novel, here's a handy reading guide site.

I had not previously read a Louise Erdrich novel. I knew her work as a poet, and when I saw novel titles of books she had written, I thought I'd give one of her works a try. She is known as a writer in the Native American Renaissance school, although I wouldn't want to limit her work to that view alone. Her biography is summarized here.

Among the many things about Louise Erdrich's life that endears her to me is the fact that she owns a bookstore in Minneapolis--bookstores are great places to spend the hours.

So, if you haven't read The Master Butchers Singing Club, and if you want a terrific read for now (or for the summer), I heartily recommend this novel. I enjoyed this book so much I am ordering her newest The Painted Drum. Maybe a future blog will deal with it.


Pam said...

Thank you so much for sharing, I am always looking for new books to read.

Ruth said...

I haven't heard of this book but am glad to have your recommendations. I will look forward to more 'Terrific reads'!

Cathy said...

I read the excerpt where Eva is flying over Argus before her death. Wow.

Then I read the Wikipedia biography of Erdrich. Did you get to the part about her son and the law suit, the divorce and suicide? Ouch.

Success and talent don't guarantee happiness.

I love your reviews, Donna.

LauraHinNJ said...

Another one to add to my growing list!

Beth said...

Well, thanks to you, I got to use my thinking skills at the library...I took the kids in this afternoon and found myself thinking, "Now what was that book on kgmom's blog? Something about butchers?"

Thank goodness for the online search engine - I found it, pulled it off the shelf and brought it home! Looking forward to a weekend "away" with this book. I'll let you know how I like it!