Tracks

Tracks Set earliest in time within the cycle of her prizewinning and bestselling books Love Medicine and The Beet Queen Tracks takes readers to North Dakota at a time when Indian tribes were struggling to

  • Title: Tracks
  • Author: Louise Erdrich
  • ISBN: 9780805008951
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Set earliest in time within the cycle of her prizewinning and bestselling books, Love Medicine and The Beet Queen, Tracks takes readers to North Dakota at a time when Indian tribes were struggling to keep what little remained of their land Features many familiar characters.

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    1. A tribe of chicken-scratch that can be scattered by a wind, diminished to ashes by one struck match.You wouldn't make a Disney movie out of genocide, would you? Then why does Pocahontas exist? I was only recently led to this argument by the Internet, and it is yet another of many that I wished I had come across much, much, much earlier.This book has the whole 'magical realism' thing going on, like so many other pieces of work not written by white people, who have their fantasy, their postmoderni [...]

    2. Because I loved reading William Faulkner in college, when I discovered in Louise Erdrich a similar depth of voice, honest characters and a consistent imaginative setting, I fell in love with her writing, too. (In the interest of disclosing bias, I grew up in the farming town of Valley Center near several Indian reservations. The relationship of Argus to Matchimanito is close to what it’s like around Palomar Mountain, but that's another story.) Tracks tells the history of Benign Neglect through [...]

    3. We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall The opening sentences of Tracks read like a lament for a dying race, as Nanapush summarises its vanishing in a few powerful words. He is a nurturing figure in the tribal tradition of communal parenting and a sharman. As such, he tells of experiences that go beyond the realm of understanding and, when addressing his granddaughter Lulu, Nanapush makes it clear that issues of the here and now and of the past; things that are [...]

    4. This is only the 2nd book I've read by Louise Erdrich --(many thanks to Michael --a member here on ),-- as he recommended it to me. My first thought when I finished reading this novel -- "All cultures and time periods have their problems. Being born Jewish, I'm familiar with our 'meshugener' (nutty, crazy), clan. Plus, we've many Jewish writers writing about our history, our culture, our foods, our personals families -etc. But I don't know of 'many' authors writing great stories like Louise Erdr [...]

    5. I haven't known how to review this book. I finished it nearly a week ago, and every morning I come to my computer and try to write something up. Nothing which bears any fruit comes out.It is an incredibly good book. I've had books by Louise Erdrich on my shelf for many years now. I think the first one was Four Souls. I picked it up at my alma mater, at a book sale, brand new. Soft-covers only 1.99, if my memory serves me well. Over the years, as my collection of unread books expanded so did the [...]

    6. A great read - moving, evocative, really takes you into the hearts and minds of the Native American loss of culture, land, traditions and how it affected individuals on a personal, as well as community, level. In this, reminded me very much of Joseph Boyden's Through Black Spruce, esp. in its tracing of the path of divisions within native communities and the outcomes of their brutalization in addictions, madness, suicide and violence. Overlaid here, though, is Erdrich's unique and thrilling use [...]

    7. For centuries, the aboriginal people of North America have suffered through countless forms of injustice, some brazenly violent, others more subtly sowing the seeds of despair. Loss, hunger and sadness are abiding themes that thread through the Native American experience. Many did not, could not survive through the death and disintegration of their societies. You can read about the litany of massacres that took place in the 1860's, the crunchy grit of the matter, in Dee Brown's viciously unspari [...]

    8. I should perhaps have read this before "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse" and "Four Souls", but no matter. It was the first book in the saga of the Kashpaws, Pillagers, Lazarres and Morrisseys of the Ojibwe reservation. The story is told alternately from the viewpoints of Nanapush and Pauline Puyat (later to become Leopolda) and focuses on the years before Fleur Pillager left for the city to get back what was rightfully hers. Consumption has the people dropping like flies, food [...]

    9. 3.5 stars! I loved Louise Erdrich's "The Round House" which I read years ago, so I was interested in reading her earlier work that got her known. The writing is so beautiful, Erdrich's writing is always so consistently mindblowing, the setting and characters really come to life. However, and this is more of a personal criticism than against the author the prose felt a bit too beautiful? at times that it got rather obscure for me and I couldn't actually get what was going on sometimes. It also do [...]

    10. I didn't like the novel at all.First of all, I already didn't like how the book started, with five pages of 'High Praise for Tracks'. Short snippets of praise are part of every book, but five pages of it creates the impression that the publisher has no faith in the inherent literary qualities of the book for an independent introduced into the literary world. Anyway, this is quite irrelevant for the rating.After reading Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye - which belonged to the same university course [...]

    11. There are a couple of spoilers in this review nothing that ruins the plot but even still, you have been warned.I'm on the fence between 3 and 4 stars with this book. The only reason that I settled on the kinder of the two is because I am enamored with the character Pauline.What do we do with such a woman? She hides behind ideologies of piety and martyrdom but Pauline is, in fact, the most wicked character in the entire novel. I can't wrap my head around Erdrich's creation. Though Pauline has con [...]

    12. “We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall.” So begins Louise Erdrich’s Tracks, a novel which charts the lives of a native people over ten years as the boundaries of personal and physical territory slowly erode. Erdrich is a literary mystic. Tracks is told through alternating narrators: first by Nanapush, an older, charming character who recounts the deterioration of his people and land, and by Pauline, an orphan who slowly descends into religious fanaticism [...]

    13. Haunting book about the disintegration of a Native American community in North Dakota in the early 20th century, as the land they live on is sold off to white developers.Told in alternating chapters by two narrators - Nanapush, an old man of the tribe, still living as much by the old ways as he can, and Pauline, a youth at the beginning who unravels as she discards her heritage and comes under the influence of Christianity - revolving around their connections to Fleur Pillager, a fierce and inde [...]

    14. this book is terrible. it's way over thought, and obviously romanticized by the author. it's told from two narrators, both of whom seem to insist on telling their entire story in exposition. this book has got to be around 90% exposition, and most of that is overly verbose and purple. everything in this book is overly sexualized, including at least one scene (i didnt finish, so there could be more) of a 12 year old having sex with an adult. how louise erdrich became a bestseller is beyond me, bas [...]

    15. "We started dying with the first snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall" So begins Tracks by Louise Erdrich, my favorite book by the Minnesota-born, Anishinabe / Lakota Sioux author. Through the conflicting narratives of Nanapush and Pauline, we become woven into the story of Fleur Pillager, an orphaned Anishinabe woman whose life is as hard as the times she is born into, on her ancestral land at Matchimanitou. Throughout the story, she and the other characters use humor and the strength [...]

    16. This was the first Erdrich book I read. It was also the first novel by a Native American woman I'd read. It was an assignment in my women's studies course and I was very young and very sure of myself and very knowledgeable about every little thing in the world.For some reason that I don't remember now, this book knocked me down my hill and left me muddied and scratched at the bottom.I've been a fan of Erdrich ever since.

    17. Tracks is a tale of a key moment in the destruction of Native American culture and society in the face of illnesses brought by the white man (we started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall) and the machinations of the government officials and commercial companies interested in exploiting the natural resources that the Native Americans had both relied on and cherished: once the bureaucrats sink their barbed pens into the lives of Indians, the paper starts flying, a bliz [...]

    18. Tracks is the story of a Chippewa tribe trying to fend off the depredation from nature and neighbor, clinging to the ways of the land as the town folk and lumber developers circle round waiting their time to buy the land and relocate the occupants.From the book jacket: Set in North Dakota at a time [in the early 20th century] when Indian tribes were struggling to keep what little remained of their lands. Tracks is a tale of passion and deep unrest. Told in the alternating voices of a wise, astut [...]

    19. But once the bureaucrats sink their pens into the lives of Indians, the paper start flying, a blizzard of legal forms, a waste of ink by the gallon, a correspondence to which there is no end or reason. That’s when I begin to see what we were becoming, and the years have borne me out: a tribe of file cabinets and triplicates. a tribe of single-space documents, directives, policy. A tribe of pressed trees. A tribe of chicken-scratch that can be scattered by the wind, diminished to ashes by one s [...]

    20. I read Tracks after Four Souls not knowing that the latter is a sequel to Tracks. One can get away with this in Erdrich, as time relationships and genetic relationships are mutable book to book. Would recommend reading Tracks before Four Souls. It fills out the characters of Nanapush and Margaret so that my annoyance with Nanapush in Fours Souls is seen to be unwarranted. It also tells the reader why Fleur Pillager has to go to Minneapolis early in the pages of Four Souls.The (now five) Erdrich [...]

    21. This is the third book I’ve read by Louise Erdrich and I think it might be my favorite so far. I loved the magical realism elements and the poetic language. The story she tells is important, and the characters are interesting. The only problems I had it with it were my own: I tend to read at a pretty fast clip, and there are parts of this book that definitely want to be savored and read more slowly than I’m used to. It’s not that the writing is difficult; it’s more like it wants to immer [...]

    22. Love her writing and love her books. Apparently I have read them out of order and now have to go back and read Love Medicine. Which is more than fine with me. Nanapush has become a particular favorite of mine, and I love his sarcastic sense of humor. Another brilliant read.

    23. We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall.Tracks is exactly my favourite kind of book: a fresh viewpoint on history that blends fact with poetic language, imprinting both my mind and heart with an author's voice and vision. In this case, the time is early 20th century, the place is the Anishinabe Reservation in North Dakota, and author Louise Erdrich uses a blend of magical realism, Catholic mysticism, and Native mythology to reinterpret the accepted narrative of [...]

    24. Miranda German Mrs. Schemenauer English 9A26 September 2017 Tracks is a fictional story and authored by Louise Erdrich. This book is about a Native American girl named Fleur Pillager that lived in North Dakota and the hardships she lived through. The author used first person point of view to tell the story and was told through two different people, Nanapush and Pauline. When Nanapush and Pauline were telling the story to a person named Lulu, they gave many examples of hardship Fleur went through [...]

    25. This book felt much heavier than Love Medicine, which is the first book I read by Louise Erdrich. There is so much dark stuff that happens in this book. For a while there, I wasn’t sure where it was all going and I was beginning to worry that it would end in a Cormac McCarthy drown-you-in-despair fashion. But Erdrich has a way of pulling all threads together in her endings in a way that is deeply impactful, thought-provoking, and meaningful. She’s amazing at writing endings, and that’s som [...]

    26. What amazed me about 'Tracks' was the immediacy, and steadfastness of focus Ms. Erdrich maintained in her writing while tracking the history through heart wrenching narrative during a time of incredible, painful loss within the Anishinaabeg in North Dakota. She does so, with the vigilence of a shrewd hunter. Both the hero and heroin's (Nanapush and Fleur's) perspective as well the anti-hero's perspective (Pauline's) were so well written, that it gave a well rounded overview of the time by people [...]

    27. An extremely nuanced and entertaining book that makes the stories of Native American lives accessible. The characters of Nanapush and Fleur, in particular, struck my interest, carrying the plot to its harrowing conclusion. Erdrich weaved mythology into a truly realistic space; she has a grounded yet poetic style that matches grandeur with the finer details. (Now one of my favourite books of all time.)

    28. Amazing book. Told in alternating first person by the old man, Nanapush, and young woman, Pauline, although the central character is Fleur, for me representing an old way of life and belief, which/whom one of them hates and the other loves. I'll be reading more by this author.

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