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Tales of Burning Love By Louise Erdrich Tales of Burning Love In her boldest and most darkly humorous novel yet award winning critically acclaimed and bestselling novelist Louise Erdrich tells the intimate and powerful stories of five Great Plains women whose
  • Title: Tales of Burning Love
  • Author: Louise Erdrich
  • ISBN: 9780060928360
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tales of Burning Love By Louise Erdrich In her boldest and most darkly humorous novel yet, award winning, critically acclaimed and bestselling novelist Louise Erdrich tells the intimate and powerful stories of five Great Plains women whose lives are connected through one man Stranded in a North Dakota blizzard, Jack Mauser s former wives huddle for warmth and pass the endless night by remembering the stories ofIn her boldest and most darkly humorous novel yet, award winning, critically acclaimed and bestselling novelist Louise Erdrich tells the intimate and powerful stories of five Great Plains women whose lives are connected through one man Stranded in a North Dakota blizzard, Jack Mauser s former wives huddle for warmth and pass the endless night by remembering the stories of how each came to love, marry and ultimately move beyond Jack At times painful, at times heartbreaking and often times comic, their tales become the adhesive that holds them together in their love for Jack and in their lives as women.Erdrich, with her characteristic powers of observation and luminescent prose, brings these women s unforgettable stories to life with astonishing candor and warmth Filled with keen perceptions about the apparatus for survival, the force of passion and the necessity of hope, Tales of Burning Love is a tour de force from one of the most formidable American writers at work today Her most daring and perhaps her most compelling.A wise, wonderful, and wickedly funny novel Booklist
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    1. Louise Erdrich

      Karen Louise Erdrich is a American author of novels, poetry, and children s books Her father is German American and mother is half Ojibwe and half French American She is an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe nation also known as Chippewa She is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant Native writers of the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renaissance.For information, please see answers topic louise eFrom a book description Author Biography Louise Erdrich is one of the most gifted, prolific, and challenging of contemporary Native American novelists Born in 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota, she grew up mostly in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where her parents taught at Bureau of Indian Affairs schools Her fiction reflects aspects of her mixed heritage German through her father, and French and Ojibwa through her mother She worked at various jobs, such as hoeing sugar beets, farm work, waitressing, short order cooking, lifeguarding, and construction work, before becoming a writer She attended the Johns Hopkins creative writing program and received fellowships at the McDowell Colony and the Yaddo Colony After she was named writer in residence at Dartmouth, she married professor Michael Dorris and raised several children, some of them adopted She and Michael became a picture book husband and wife writing team, though they wrote only one truly collaborative novel, The Crown of Columbus 1991.The Antelope Wife was published in 1998, not long after her separation from Michael and his subsequent suicide Some reviewers believed they saw in The Antelope Wife the anguish Erdrich must have felt as her marriage crumbled, but she has stated that she is unconscious of having mirrored any real life events.She is the author of four previous bestselling andaward winning novels, including Love Medicine The Beet Queen Tracks and The Bingo Palace She also has written two collections of poetry, Jacklight, and Baptism of Desire Her fiction has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle 1984 and The Los Angeles Times 1985 , and has been translated into fourteen languages Several of her short stories have been selected for O Henry awards and for inclusion in the annual Best American Short Story anthologies The Blue Jay s Dance, a memoir of motherhood, was her first nonfiction work, and her children s book, Grandmother s Pigeon, has been published by Hyperion Press She lives in Minnesota with her children, who help her run a small independent bookstore called The Birchbark.

    478 thoughts on “Tales of Burning Love”


    1. I m going to start by warning you this book is painful If you want to read a book about happy endings and hot romance, this is not the book for you I m not even one hundred percent convinced some of the love expressed in this book is about what most would consider real love But then, Erdrich suggests just as much with the title Love is hardly ever initially an act of wisdom Love burns Love scars Love rips you to pieces and leaves you a desiccated corpse by the side of the road Love is blind beca [...]


    2. One of my least favorite books ever This is the one I threw in the creek one winter It became encased in ice and was beautiful.


    3. Erdrich likes to bookend her novels, and I find this volume very interesting because it goes further, bookending her whole sequence of five books It starts, just Love Medicine 1 did, with June walking out into the snow to die The protagonists of The Beet Queen 2 are the parents of one of the major characters in this book Dot and Fleur, the star of Tracks 3 , is the parent of the other Jack Finally, the pivotal sequence of Tales of Burning Love all happens on the same night as the pivotal events [...]


    4. I was sort of enjoying this book until, about two thirds of the way into the book, the author decided to throw in a horrific scene of animal cruelty in which a dog is dragged to its death behind a pickup truck Since this gratuitous scene of cruelty did nothing to further the plot, nor to illuminate the characters of the participants, I can only assume the scene was placed there to shock and awe the reader at a point where the novel was beginning to run out of steam Some might argue the scene hel [...]


    5. I both liked and disliked this novel I gave it 5 stars because no one can dispute that this woman can write Every sentence is well crafted and she drowns you in the poetry of her language in a good way That s why I liked it The beautiful language was stunning The subject matter is compelling and Erdrich always does a fantastic job of blatantly allowing her female characters to be sexual creatures I didn t like the characters I didn t realize before I started to read that this book is a companion [...]


    6. I tend to forget details of everything I read and see, but I m left with an overall impression I read this book every few years because I remember how much I like it, and I always enjoy it.



    7. Five wives, one man, six stories colliding in a display of personality fireworks especially at his funeral that ring surprisingly true to real life experiences we ve all had These are complex and very different women, each with her flaws and strengths You find yourself rooting for them all, and ultimately for the floundering husband This novel traverses familiar landscapes in Erdrich s work, giving the reader the sensation of the social nets and snares of small town rural region where your past [...]


    8. I wondered many times while I read this why I put off reading it I am a big Erdrich fan, but she needs be taken in small doses This one isn t as tough on the reader and her characters as her others In fact, she infuses humor than in the others I ve read, I think As in many of her novels, this one also takes place in and around Argus, North Dakota A few characters have appeared in other novels, and I even recognized a couple of incidents retold here from a different perspective I d like to call [...]


    9. I m finally finished I thought I would never complete this book Not because I didn t enjoy reading it although, the nature descriptions made me come close to nodding off at times , but because I ve been so busy and hadn t the time to devote to it.Anyway, the tales in question are those of four women who were married to the same man at different times The tales, and other parts of the book, are rich and dense, the way Louise Erdrich always writes So much detail, as if every word were true The cha [...]


    10. This story about 4 women trapped inside a car during a blizzard, sharing stories about their dead ex husband, has all the things I love in it about Louise Erdrich the fantastic and the strange, the beautiful and the everyday, all mingled together in that overcrowded car Plus, it manages to answer a few unresolved questions about some of her other novel s characters, too But, as others have said in their reviews, not Erdrich s best work, and so not a great representation of her work For that, try [...]


    11. I do love Louise Erdrich, and I might love this book, but it s NOT a four star book yet in my personal lexicon Four stars means I might recommend it enthusiastically, five stars means I ll keep it and re read it Three stars means I enjoyed it but will probably not urge anyone to read it Butis may change as I give it thought in the next few days So this is a temporary, place holder reviewunless of course my estimation of the book does not change, in which case this rating and these luke warm wor [...]


    12. I didn t actually finish this book the first time because I lost interest at about page 250 The whiny, fighting ex wives was enough for me But my daughter convinced me to finish saying it all came together in the end And it did The writing was beautiful, but the plot sometimes drawn out I am glad that I finished it though.


    13. This was a pretty good book I enjoyed the writing as well as the ridiculous situation that brings four ex wives of the same man together The identity of the hitchhiker was even a surprise to me All in all, it was certainly strange, but I certainly enjoyed reading it I liked the way the women s different stories came through their P.O.V.s.


    14. We are conjured voiceless out of nothing and must return to an unknowing state What happens in between is an uncontrolled dance, and what we ask for in love is no than a momentary chance to get the steps right, to move in harmony until the music stops.


    15. My first Erdrich, this novel was wild and daring, almost mythical in scope, but controlled and delicate Her characters and how they related and intersected were masterful.


    16. Humbly beautiful It was my first foray into the world of Louise Erdrich and now that I m here, I doubt I ll ever want to leave.


    17. It s overly long, but I enjoyed this novel immensely Jack Mauser has had 5 wives, 4 of whom are still living When these women convene at his funeral, they find something to like in each other and have a chance to tell their stories when they become stranded in a car in a snowstorm Also in the car is a well disguised hitchhiker whose identity remains a mystery while each woman is telling her tale and clearing the tailpipe so that they can turn on the heat now and then Eleanor is quite possibly Ja [...]


    18. 3.5 I wavered repeatedly between 3 and 4 stars while reading this I liked it overall, and liked parts of it a lot At times the first person narratives of the multiple characters grated because they were mostly all written lyrically, with great skill and poetry, exactly the way real people do not talk This was particularly annoying as these narratives were supposed to be spoken aloud to others There are also third person sections, sometimes focusing on minor characters, and it feels like there ar [...]


    19. I m always saying that what I look for in a book is perspective And I couldn t ask for from this book This book is about Jack Mauser and the five women who married him In this novel, we get to see Jack through his own perspective of himself as well as the women who have shared important aspects of his life with him It really got me thinking how not one person can be fully known, for everyone has different facets, we change as we grow older and our own perspectives on the world change as well.Th [...]


    20. Clocking in at 452 pages, it s surprising how quick of a read this book is None of the characters are lovable, not even likeable, yet it s difficult not to be curious how the story will play out It s like bad TV in book formation Nevertheless, it s undeniable Erdrich knows how to string words together into the prettiest of sentences I m reminded how limited daily vocabulary tends to be when there are millions of the most delicious words out there to be used at our disposal.You know what I mean b [...]


    21. There s the book I want this to be, four ex wives stuck together, discussing their common husband after his funeral, trying to figure out who he is by examining their different perspectives of him.And then there s the book this is, sprawling if a bit overlong, overwritten in a beautiful way, a look at a complicated man fucking up at every opportunity.The first book is the one that intrigues me, the one that allowed me to stick through this even during the tougher passages The second book is the [...]


    22. Again, so wish I d had the skill of annotating so that I could revisit particular passages of this book since I won t have the time this school year to reread the whole thing I remember reading this book circa Winter 1998, at first finding suspect the idea of one man, Jack Mauser, being the center and centrifuge of several women s lives and relationships with each other But after I started reading, I became became immersed in the pages and I also remember laughing out loud throughout the book, w [...]


    23. Beautiful writing and depth of characters the plot is a little complex i.e you have to stay with it, don t put it down for long I especially love the descriptions of nature and the towns where this takes place.



    24. There was some wonderful imagery and a few great chatacters, but it kept teetering into cheesy chicklit territory atypical of Erdrich Also, is anyone else as tired as me of the theme of sex so transcendent it transforms characters That myth is so overplayed it just feels lazy.


    25. Not her best work Don t start with this one.The problem with this work for me is that I strongly dislike the main character so very much that it pains me to spend this much time with on him The other problem is failure to suspend my disbelief And I read this one when I was sick as a dog, too, just like Atwood s Oryx and Crake If you can t suspend my disbelief when I m sleeping two hours a night because of severe pain and vomiting, have a fever of 103 F, and am practically hallucinating my way th [...]


    26. Louise Erdrich is one of my favorite writers, but not necessarily an easy one to read Her books meander around time, flirt with magical realism, and always include deeply flawed characters These are not always easy things to digest, but the richness of her stories makes me come back again and again Tales of Burning Love is less convoluted, for better or worse, than books like Love Medicine or Tracks, and the theme and symbolism around burning love are not particularly obstruse, which I liked And [...]


    27. I debated for a while between giving this novel 4 or 5 stars But it truly deserves 5 stars Erdrich, like always, writes beautifully and poetically and crafts a novel so good that when you finish it you want to to handle your used, paperback, scuffed up book as if it were a priceless artifact.Her characters were exceptionally portrayed They were so fully human they felt almost hyper real Even the minor, supporting characters were not flat In fact, the reason I wondered if I should give it 4 star [...]


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