This Is The Story Of Father Damien Modeste, Priest To His Beloved People, The Ojibwe Modeste, Nearing The End Of His Life, Dreads The Discovery Of His Physical Identity For He Is A Woman Who Has Lived As A Man.For Than A Half Century, Father Damien Modeste Has Served His Beloved People, The Ojibwe, On The Remote Reservation Of Little No Horse To Complicate His Fears, His Quiet Life Changes When A Troubled Colleague Comes To The Reservation To Investigate The Life Of The Perplexing, Difficult, Possibly False Saint Sister Leopolda Father Damien Alone Knows The Strange Truth Of Sister Leopolda S Piety And Is Faced With The Most Difficult Decision Of His Life Should He Reveal All He Knows And Risk Everything Or Should He Manufacture A Protective History Though He Believes Leopolda S Wonder Working Is Motivated By Evil While much has been made about configurations of gender in the novels of Louise Erdrich, Last Report of Miracles from Little No Horse LRMLNH transcends earlier accomplishments from The Beet Queen and The Antelope Wife The unifying aspect of sex becomes the force early in this story that turns the plot back to Tracks, bringing an astonishing depth to a story we thought we already knew.
For those not familiar with the novels of Erdrich, many of the characters in LRMLNH were introduced in earlier books In this story, a priest on a remote reservation in Minnesota writes a missive to The Pope, telling the pontiff he s got the wrong person in mind for sainthood Sister Leopolda, a woman whose either or but not both attitude is potently destructive Instead, the priest tells The Pope about the witness he received from the tribe of Mary Kashpaw, Lulu, Fleur Pillager and my favorite Grandpa Nanapush In a sense, this novel is a satire of religious conversion memoirs from earlier centuries.
Although there are many ways to connect this novel to others in Erdrich s round of stories, I m interested in her use of music, something that significantly helped the characters of Tracks survive the harsh winter of 1917 1918 Music seems related to the concept of flow, be it blood, water, wine or the trans
If you yoked Faulkner with Garcia Marquez, and anointed them with the comic hijinx of John Irving, you would experience a sense of Louise Erdrich s poetic, visually imaginative power She interweaves a traditional pagan mysticism with Catholic catechism, the animate with the anthropomorphic The central figure, Father Damien Modeste, is a Catholic missionary priest who, since coming to the Little No Horse reservation in 1912, has fluidly blended the customs of the Ojibwe people with the Holy Trinity Through his eighty years there on the reservation he is at least 100 years old now , he has integrated the spiritual faiths into a potent hybrid, a mystic fusion that also informs the book s imagery, without a shred of proselytizing Father Damien takes great pleasure in forgiveness, in absolving all of people s sins at confession.Many of Erdrich s characters develop over time in her Argus novels, with intricate histories and relationships Father Damien was a peripheral character in past books, such as Love Medicine,The Beet Queen and Tracks Erdrich s use of the multi narrative voice and nonlinear storyline brings specific characters in and out of focus at different times and in different books In LAST REPORT, I could sense the full lives of characters such as Nanapush, Damien s closest friend, who came with a full histor
I have to admit that I didn t finish this book I vowed to myself, back when I slogged my way through the insufferable Anna Karenina, that I would never again finish a book just because I had started it and I continue to live by that standard Still, I came very near the end, and my complaint about The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse could not have been repaired in the space left What it boils down to is this for me, Erdrich didn t achieve a genuine internal life for all her characters I bought the perspective of Agnes Father Damien, but when Erdrich shifted perspectives to Berndt or Lulu or Nestor or Father Jude, I just didn t believe in them The reason is simple They all had the same connection to their sensations and feelings as Agnes, and that is just not feasible All of her characters engage completely with the world around them They all feel the textures and smell the smells and taste the tastes and hear the sounds and see beyond boring sight One character with that gift in a story is totally believable Two c
I just loved this book Such a wonderful portrayal of Father Damien actually a woman who finds her life as a priest through very strange circumstances and the Ojibwa Indians on a Dakota reservation The prose was beautiful and while the story went back and forth from past to present, Erdrich does such a fantastic job acquainting the reader with all the main characters
I need a chance to catch my breath maybe I need to learn how to breathe once again maybe I need to get new lungs I don t know I don t understand Last night I was reading this book and then it happened and I wasn t sure why it had to, it being the ending of the book, and it being, like all things in this book, truly wonderfully beautiful, dark, earthy, coloured with the hues of the prairie sky hovering over a cool lake as the first winds of Autumn move onto the land This novel is massive in scale, in storytelling, in its shaping of characters It is also a massive success, a true accomplishment, a testament to the power of literature I have struggled to write about it now for days not for lack of trying I have written several reviews, written about it in my reading diary, in my writing diary, and several times in my journals as I reflect upon its lessons in unexpected moments I will fail to keep this draft as short as I hoped to.This book is an Epic about Love, with the Germanic Capitalization fully intact and intended Love is the central character of this story a love of place, of God, of a community, of trees, of rivers, of cars, of wives, of broken wives, of work, of devotion, of books, of music, of the feeling of a piano under your feet, of virginal statues, of mak
What is the whole of our existence but the sound of an appalling love p355.Both poetic and magical, The Last Report On The Miracles At Little No Horse , is a profoundly spiritual book It consists of the recollections of Father Damien Modeste in reality Agnes DeWitt, an ex nun who narrowly escaped being murdered at the beginning of the story of his ministry to the Native Americans on the Ojibwe reservations Throughout his time there he had written copious letters to the Vatican concerning the possible canonisation of Sister Leopolda ne Pauline Puyat and the narrative flashes between the stories they related and his final revelations to the representative who arrives, at last, in response to the them.In the process, a great many grand themes are dealt with love, faith, good, evil, the nature of ministry, the morality of attempting to evangelise convert, the concept of sainthood, the power of music and so on All of which is to r
It has been a while since I read a book which made me genuinely laugh out loud as I read it and which brought me to tears at other times This book was one of those types of reads for me I have read a few of Erdrich s previous novels and I have enjoyed all of them In every one of her novels we are exposed to the inner thoughts and dialouge s of her multiple characters Many of her works deal with the different extremes of love and how one experiences love in its different forms From the mountainous Mary Kashpaw and her silent and enormous love for Father Damien through Lulu and her many and frequent liasons all the way to Agnes herself and her abiding, all encompasing, life time s worth of love for her adopted people we get to witness different forms of love as we read this novel Love can redeem us and love can curse us but it is what makes us
What a beautiful ending for another complex story by Louise Erdrich This is a book that twisted my opinions around its premises times than once At times preposterous, and at times profound this tale binds the reader up into its characters choices Choices that we don t always agree with, but seem frequently to find ourselves complicit in And although sometimes I felt that small plot twists were a bit pat, I f
This epic spans generations but centers around the life of the fascinating Father Damien Every aspect of his story is compelling, as are the journeys into the lives of other characters on the reservation Erdrich deftly balances depth and breadth to create a vast yet intricately detailed and rich web of personalities, relationships, and histories The tension between Catholicism and traditional Ojibwe spirituality is explored poignantly without demonizing either side Erdrich writes with a powerful,
Another beautiful, moving book from Ms Erdrich Probably her most ambitious.There s some great, hilarious stuff with Nanapush in this book, scenes that I m sure I ll always remember a moose chase gone awry, and a series of very funny resurrections There are also many beautiful passages about faith, some of which caused me to
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- The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
- Louise Erdrich
- 04 May 2017 Louise Erdrich