This book takes the complex interactions between culture, religion, politics, social class, family and individual ambitions and weaves them into a beautiful story that leaves you wanting more. Unsuspecting characters come together in moments that weave in and out of cultural understanding as they struggle to communicate across difference. Set within the simmering polarizations in the American psyche, this story shows the wreckage of fanaticism within the context of an increasingly powerful cosmopolitan world ethos. Breathtaking.
I have almost finished listening to "The Roundhouse" by Louise Erdrick" It is about a Lakota reservation lawyer and his family who experience a violent crime and struggle to deal with it professionally, personally and within the context of First Nations community life and US legal history regarding treaty rights. The audio version is read by by a First Nations actor, Gary Farmer, and is told through the eyes of the 13 year old son. This book is so good I would rate it as high as "The Help" or "The Book of Negros" as far as excellent literature. It is a riveting story, with absolutely hilarious Native humour, loveable, heroic, pitiful and sad characters and the infuriating and debilitating injustice of living as outcasts in your own country and as prisoners in your own land. This is a must read people. Get the book.
The obvious skill of the writer was wasted on this self-indulgent tale of lives wrecked by addiction and stupidity. After listening to hours of depressing, self-centered drivel (albeit artistically written), the ending suddenly brought everyone together and solved all their problems. The entire plot was based on shallow philosophies of life, and aimless, drifting behaviors bereft of meaning or any understanding of the world in which they were operating. Who was the reviewer who said this was the best story since "The Help"? How can anyone compare a tale of real human struggle to deal with racism, poverty and social class with this simpering, whining book about people commodifying, scewing, drinking and overdosing themselves through life?
This book is an amazing combination of touching personal stories, unique and surprising humour, biting social commentary and a very realistic portrayal of refugee experience in England. I could not wait to listen to each episode and I laughed and cried throughout the book, an experience much enhanced by the narrator's gift for accents and characters. Until now I thought that my top audible favorites were Shantaram and The Help. I have now added Little Bee as an unforgettable and deeply human story about an increasingly pressing question: what will you do when a vulnerable and suffering human being shows up on your doorstep? And between cultures that have nothing in common, where can we meet, find ways to laugh and learn to love?
This most engaging story had me absolutely captivated from beginning to end. The characters are unique, endearing, fallible and hilarious. They quietly address the most difficult issues of race from trapped places but still manage to keep their hearts and sense of humour no matter how impossible the odds. An additionally surprising benefit to this book is the collection of cleaning tips that weave through the stories of Black maids and their relationship with a struggling White woman writer in Southern USA at the time of Martin Luther King Jr. Before this book,I would never have thought housework and child care could be so charming, funny, racked with life threatening tensions and momentous decisions. The way the maids quietly teach fairness, equity and truth to the children in their charge and the very real interpersonal and political dilemmas all the characters face in this book as they strive to make connections across racial prejudice are all the more significant when placed in the context of washing dishes and toilet training...
I loved this book. A beautiful picture of friendship across cultures in a difficult time.
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