Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the by Louise Erdrich PDF

By Louise Erdrich

ISBN-10: 0062309978

ISBN-13: 9780062309976

For greater than 3 many years, Louise Erdrich has enthralled readers with wonderful novels that paint an evocative portrait of local American life.

In Books and Islands in Ojibwe nation, Erdrich takes us on an illuminating journey in the course of the terrain her ancestors have inhabited for hundreds of years: the lakes and islands of southern Ontario. Summoning to existence the Ojibwe's sacred spirits and songs, their language and sorrows, she considers the numerous ways that her tribe--whose identify derives from the notice ozhibii'ige, "to write"--have motivated her. Her trip hyperlinks historic stone work with a mystical island the place a bookish recluse equipped a rare library, and she or he finds how either have reworked her.

a mix of background, mythology, and memoir, Books and Islands in Ojibwe kingdom is a fascinating meditation on sleek existence, ordinary beauty, and the traditional spirituality and creativity of Erdrich's local homeland--a lengthy, elemental culture of storytelling that's in her blood.

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