THis novel reminded me strongly of "100 Years of Solitude" while still standing on its own. The narrative is layered, and takes place at the intersection of genders, cultures, and religions. Deeply spiritual and yet agnostic. A beautiful book, beautifully read.
I Love Olive
what an amazing story! there were so many interesting characters, but mostly I was fascinated by Agnes/Father Damien and the almost supernatural twists in her life.
The setting is similar to most of Erdrich's books - her indian reservation. In some ways I think her stories are a little like Alice Hoffman, where they are real, but the magic and unseen powers are there too.
When the bank robber takes Agnes and she is hanging onto the car.
I loved this book. It's an absorbing story told in elegant, textured prose. Some of the images are breathtakingly beautiful. The book's portrayal the main character's faith struck me as both believable and profound. Read this if you're searching for a novel to help you see the world in new ways--or if you're just looking for a really good book. The narrator is fine--even occasionally brilliant.
Love to travel, love to read and those two go well together! Audible has broadened my reading horizons and I enjoy finding new books.
For anyone who enjoys reading a well written book by an author who knows how to turn a phrase to capture a scene, this book is for you. I laughed and cried but I was NEVER bored. This is not a quick read or light hearted fare, but it is certainly satisfying for those who tire of Oprah style books
This is a fascinating tale that takes the reader through a very eventful and changeful life. Father Damian Modeste and Agnes are not two characters that I will easily forget. The character not mentioned is the reservation on which Father Modeste serves himself; it is a wonderful and rich place. The reader does a great job at capturing the spirit of Agnes and her alter ego.
I had such high expectations of this book. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
First, Erdrich is an excellent writer. Among the best I've read. I absolutely loved some of the passages in her book. The scenes she writes about are beautiful and as cliche as it may sound, her writing is poetic. The problem I had with this book is that there were too many times where the scenes jumped back and forth in time. I can understand doing a few "flashback" scenes, but before even getting through one-fourth of the book, I got tired of trying to keep up with when things were happening. I didn't like the book as much for this reason.
Second, a better narrator could have been chosen. I understand the narrator has read many books for audio recordings and that she has won awards for her reading, but in this instance, I found her performance boring. Listening to this audiobook was a good way to put myself to sleep.
Addicted to Audible!
This was probably one of the worst audiobooks I ever purchased. I tried to listen to it on two separate occasions and just couldnt get past 3 hrs. The narrators voice was unpleasant.The characters in the story were not likeable and the storytelling was disjointed. It didnt seem like the author knew where she was going with it.Dont waste your credits on this one.