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Love Medicine (1984)

por Louise Erdrich

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The lives and destinies of the Kashpaws and the Lamartines intertwine on and around a North Dakota Indian reservation from 1934 to 1984, in an authentic tale of survival, tenacity, tradition, injustice, and love.
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> Love Medicine est le tout premier roman de Louise Erdrich. Elle y décrit le quotidien de deux familles d'une réserve du Dakota. --L'Express

>Love Medicine, par Louise Erdrich
Par André CLAVEL, publié le 26/11/2011 à 10:00
Née dans le Minnesota en 1954, Louise Erdrich est l'une des grandes voix de la littérature indienne. Mêlant anthropologie, mythologies et revendication ethnique, son oeuvre retrace l'histoire douloureuse des communautés peu à peu menacées de disparition, aux confins des grandes plaines. Publié en 1984, Love Medicine est le tout premier roman de Louise Erdrich, où elle décrit le quotidien de deux familles d'une réserve du Dakota. Privées de leurs terres et de leurs racines, elles traverseront les décennies en ravaudant des traditions dont elles ne comprennent plus le sens, comme si on leur avait volé leur identité. A leur désarroi la romancière oppose la musique d'une prose envoûtée, à la fois courroucée et nostalgique. --L'Express

> LOVE MEDICINE, de LOUISE ERDRICH (Albin Michel, 391 p.)
Se reporter au compte rendu de M.-È. S.
In: (2009). Compte rendu de [Nouveautés]. Entre les lignes, vol. 5, n° 3 (printemps 2009), p. 36… ; (en ligne),
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  Joop-le-philosophe | Jan 20, 2021 |
I first encountered Erdrich in an old "Best American Short Stories" anthology a few years ago, and it was neat to encounter in this book the chapter ("Scales") that had appeared as a story in that anthology that made me want to read more by Erdrich in the first place. I didn't love this one as a cohesive book -- it felt a little scattered or disjointed to me, but then I did read the first quarter and then break for about a week before reading the rest, so maybe the shortcoming is in how I read the book -- but I did very much like a lot of the writing in it. So, four stars for the prose, but probably 3ish for the story itself. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
Even though I usually prefer stories with a strong plot line, I enjoyed this book. It does not have a strong plot as such, but the characters in Love Medicine [b:Love Medicine|91440|Love Medicine|Louise Erdrich|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1427151847s/91440.jpg|1524121] are fascinating. Erdrich thankfully provided an elaborate family tree at the beginning of the book. I found myself often studying the family tree with as much interest as in reading the book itself. I particularly liked how the author told about events from a variety of points of view. At first it kind of threw me when each chapter was told from a different view point, but Erdrich did a masterful job of tying the events and characters together. I read another review that said this book denigrated native Americans, but I didn't see that at all. I found some of the characters very noble and caring, and I found all of them human with all their flaws and positive characteristics. ( )
  ChuckRinn | Oct 4, 2020 |
Love Medicine, first published in 1993, was Louise Erdrich’s debut novel. And what an amazing debut it was, winning the National Book Critics Circle Award and, over the years, becoming one of those books that repeatedly appears on school syllabi and book club reading lists. Despite all of this, I have only recently “discovered” Louise Erdrich, and after reading two of her later novels, decided to go back to the beginning.

Love Medicine is ostensibly the first in a series of loosely-connected novels set in a Chippewa community in the Dakotas. The book opens in 1981 with the untimely death of a woman in the community. We get a glimpse of the wildly dysfunctional family gathered together to remember her. And then the narrative goes back nearly 50 years, slowly introducing readers to nearly every name on the family tree provided in the novel’s opening pages. Every person bears emotional or physical scars, and sometimes both. Government interference in Native land management dramatically altered their way of life. Most have a bare minimum education level which affects their economic prospects. Some served in Vietnam and returned with PTSD. And alcohol use had an impact on nearly everyone. It’s an often bleak yet compelling novel, with moments of humor and and ending that offers hope,

What I enjoyed most about this book was connecting each character’s story to those in Erdrich’s other novels. In some cases, I already knew something about the character’s life either before or after the events in Love Medicine. I came away with a better understanding of one character, who was frequently mentioned, but mostly “off camera,” in another book. In the 25th anniversary edition of the novel, Erdrich wrote, “Since writing Love Medicine, I have understood that I am writing one long book in which the main chapters are also books … If you read on in the other books, you will find that the people in Love Medicine live out destinies invisible to me as I wrote this first book … That they keep returning, insistent and surprising, is a strange gift. Indeed, they have not finished with me yet.”

It’s these connections that will keep me coming back to Erdrich’s books. ( )
  lauralkeet | Sep 10, 2020 |
At first I had the impression that this was a book of short stories. The chapters are narrated by different people and take place in different years. I was a little put off, not sucked in intially. But there are common threads that started to become apparent, and as I read on I was rewarded.

Through the words of different members of two Native American families whose lives weave together in a complicated family tree (shown in the front of the book), the individuals tell what they know and what they suspect, and little by little revelations are made. Life over the years, from 1934 to into the 1980s, holds challenges for everyone, in no small part because they are raised on a reservation, scrabbling for dignity in homes that often do not belong to them, obtaining food from surplus collections brought by truck.

In spite of the forced westernization, the individuals retain much of their heritage. The stories they tell are often funny, sometimes sad, usually insightful. Erdrich, Ojibwe herself, gives us fully formed characters whose speech patterns feel right, whose stories read right, who are each distinct. She provides us with a sense of the importance of love and family in these tribes, and thereby raised my understanding of the time and place and people. It's a lovely book. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
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''Love Medicine'' is an engrossing book. With this impressive debut Louise Erdrich enters the company of America's better novelists, and I'm certain readers will want to see more from this imaginative and accomplished young writer
 
There are at least a dozen of the many vividly drawn people in this first novel who will not leave the mind once they are let in. Their power comes from Louise Erdrich's mastery of words. Nobody really talks the way they do, but the language of each convinces you you have heard them speaking all your life, and that illusion draws you quickly into their world, a place of poor shacks stuck amid the wrecks of old cars and other junk made beautiful in Miss Erdrich's evocation.
 
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Grandma Mary Gourneau, Gertrude Crow Dog and my brothers Mark, Louis, Terry (Amikoos), and Raoul, and my friend Earl Livermore were some people especially in my thoughts as I wrote this book. I could not have written it this way without Michael Dorris, who gave his own ideas, experiences, and devoted attention to the writing. This book is dedicated to him because he is so much a part of it.
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The morning before Easter Sunday, June Kapshaw was walking down the clogged main street of oil boomtown Williston, North Dakota, killing time before the noon bus arrived that would take her home.
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