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A Most Unusual Coming-of-Age Story
am 28. Dezember 2012
"Therefore the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds." -- Habakkuk 1:4 (NKJV)
Be careful what you read about this book. I originally decided against reading it based on reviews I had seen. Well, those reviews were describing a book quite different from the one that I just finished reading, a book well worth my time and attention.
While many people like to think of the law as a nearly perfect system for administering justice, it can be more like Swiss cheese in terms of how many holes wrongdoers can wriggle through. In The Round House, Ms. Erdrich combines the intellectual power of law review hypothetical with the awful pain experienced from being physically violated and left in fear, as well as a coming-of-age story that you'll remember as long as you will Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I thought the description of how Native American legal sovereignty is being built was worth the price of the book, alone.
So what's it all about? A brutal crime occurs and little progress is made in solving it. Yet the family that's affected is virtually brought to its knees. The husband and son in their own ways seek justice. The contrast in their approaches makes for fascinating discussions ... making this a remarkable book club choice.
I can't go into more, but the resolution of who did what to whom is used to tell a more universal story about what it's like to be human and how evil threatens those who are not fully on guard.
I won't say "enjoy" because it's not that kind of book. It more of a "think" book.
Brava, Ms. Erdrich!