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The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
A New York Times Notable Book For more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved Native American tribe, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To further complicate his quiet existence, a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda. Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Leopolda's piety, but these facts are bound up in his own secret. He is faced with the most difficult decision: Should he tell all and risk everything . . . or manufacture a protective history for Leopolda, though he believes her wonder-working is motivated solely by evil? In a masterwork that both deepens and enlarges the world of her previous novels set on the same reservation, Louise Erdrich captures the essence of a time and the spirit of a woman who felt compelled by her beliefs to serve her people as a priest. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse is a work of an avid heart, a writer's writer, and a storytelling genius.
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Tamra
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“What is the whole of our existence but the sound of an appalling love?”

This was a slow second reread; it can‘t be rushed or much of the beauty of the writing and meaning is missed, especially since it isn‘t strictly linear or overwritten. Such interesting & complicated characters & intersection of cultures.

It is a mystery to me why I haven‘t particularly appreciated Erdrich‘s other works. It is probably the historical setting of this novel.

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Anyone else agree? I do not sleep well unless I read. 😴

youneverarrived 🙋‍♀️ I have to read before I sleep, even if it‘s only a little bit. 1mo
Tamra @youneverarrived yes, even if it‘s only a page! 👍🏾 1mo
BarbaraBB Absolutely! I can‘t imagine a bed without a lamp beside it! 1mo
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Myhusbandhatesreading Definitely!! 1mo
kathedron Totally! 1mo
Suet624 Absolutely. 1mo
Aimeesue I love this book. ❤️ 1mo
Tamra @Aimeesue me too - I‘m rereading. 💜 1mo
kspenmoll Always read myself to sleep!!! 1mo
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Tamra
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Why I volunteer to pick up the kids from school. 😄

Freespirit I used to do that! I would also read at after school activities❤️ 2mo
Tamra @Freespirit perfect interludes! 2mo
Aimeesue Such a great book! 2mo
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Tamra @Aimeesue Isn‘t it!? I‘m rereading because I had such an amazing experience the first time. 2mo
Billypar I just read a blog post by Erdrich on Goodreads: it was great, she was singing the praises of books she recently read and the ones she's reading now when she's stuck inside with the snow. No pretensions, just like we all do on Litsy...love that. 2mo
Tamra @Billypar I‘ll check it out, thanks for mentioning! 2mo
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Tamra
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Does anyone else struggle, yes I mean struggle, with deciding on whether to spend precious reading time rereading a favorite or moving on to something new to you?

I had such an amazing reading experience with this one and I want to go back, but I also have an exciting TBR.

MicheleinPhilly Always. I rarely re-read even though I want to. 2mo
Cathythoughts It‘s a tough one. I‘ve only ever reread a couple ... it was interesting too because of the time span. ..... stacking this one 2mo
Tamra @MicheleinPhilly neither do I, but sometimes I am called. 2mo
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Tamra @Cathythoughts me too, only a handful that I go back to. This novel has one main character but 3 distinct lives over a century - if I‘m remembering correctly. 2mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I also mean the time span , as in I read the book over 40 years ago & what will I think of it now ( I‘m old ... 😳🙃.... 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts bah! No reader is old! 👵🏻 LoL I think the reread would be especially interesting now. I always worry they won‘t hold up. Mostly they have though! I think the last one was The Scarlet Letter and I enjoyed it just as much, in fact I got more out of it. 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts what is the book? 2mo
Cathythoughts The memorable rereads were Wuthering Heights ! & In Cold Blood ! & The Moon & Sixpence.... saw them all with different eyes & still brilliant 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 👏🏾 Wuthering Heights is a favorite! I will add the other two to Mt. TBR. 2mo
Scochrane26 Yes, I have a hard time, but then I remember that‘s why I bought the book to re-read someday. I‘ve re-read several favorites this year, more than other years. Sometimes I do audio for re-reads. 2mo
ljuliel Just read whatever strikes your fancy. Your other books will sit and wait for you. 😊 2mo
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Sister Leopolda is an awful person, but holy fuck, it's metal as shit that she made a rosary out of barbed wire and used it to strangle the town child rapist (of whom she had been a victim). Respect.

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😂🤣

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I have a couple of Erdrich‘s books on my shelves, still unread. This quote makes me think I need to get to them sooner than later.

#love #quotsydec17

Tamra This is one of my favorite books. 😊 I haven‘t been wowed by her others. (edited) 2y
Zelma I‘m not one hundred percent sold on the book I‘m currently reading by her (plot-wise) but her writing is definitely good. I will be reading more in the future. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tamra I‘ll add it to my TBR! Thanks! 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Zelma She just released a new one, didn‘t she? She sure is prolific! 2y
mgallo1968 The Round House was good and I am always interested to read and understand more about cultures outside of my own experiences. 2y
Booksnob Father Damian slash Agnes is one my all time favorite characters. I still think of her and she‘s not a real person. Bam this is a great book! 2y
Zelma @BarbaraTheBibliophage yes, I‘m reading her newest. But i am really eager to read the one before that. (edited) 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @mgallo1968 I agree about reading outside my corner of the world. In my mind, that‘s the whole point. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Booksnob Nice to know! I love this quote but haven‘t “met” her yet. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Zelma I picked LaRose up for Kindle and Round House at a book sale. Dang my TBR list is so stinking long! 2y
jolena_75 Love that quote 💕 2y
ValerieAndBooks I have the book you tagged and a few others of hers in my TBR based on just one book (and the first) I read by her this year: 2y
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"What is the whole of our existence but the sound of an appalling love?"

This book is magnificent!!!

Tamra One of my very favorite books! (edited) 2y
jveezer Soooooooo good, @Tamra ! 2y
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jveezer
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Esquites, a pescado frito taco, and Louise Erdrich. In other words, nirvana.

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Lcsmcat
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Thanks for all the fun challenges you sponsor! #LetterLLove @Cinfhen

Cinfhen My pleasure! Thanks for playing along😄 3y
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Tamra
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Thrifty Wednesday finds! I loved Last Report so much, I bought a second copy because all my books were/are boxed up and banished to the basement to make room after the kids came. Last Report reads like 3 distinct novels in one as it traces the life of a strong woman.

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One of the clubs at son's HS had a fundraising used- book sale today. I went over as soon as it started 😊. This is my haul! Cat's Cradle is a title I already have but will upgrade from a mass-market to that. Happy to find the Erdrich and the other titles. The books were $5 total. I know my TBR is out of control but this was for a good cause!

Aswenson Ooooh, I really want to read Not my Father's Son. Good haul! 3y
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ValerieAndBooks @Aswenson I'm looking forward to it also. I liked his more recent book (from Secret Santa @KarenUK) although I know the tone of the two are different. 3y
Lcsmcat I really enjoyed The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. I hope you do too. (edited) 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Lcsmcat I read my first Erdrich last week (The Beet Queen) and loved it. Looking forward to this one (and that is one long title)! 3y
Hooked_on_books For $5 I'd judge you for NOT buying, regardless of the cause. 😂 What can I say, I'm an addict! 3y
KarenUK It's so great...heart breaking...💕 3y
ValerieAndBooks @Hooked_on_books true I would have bought anyway with that kind of deal, but less guilt this time 🤗😉 3y
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it! And it's like new too 👍 3y
rohit-sawant Excellent picks! 3y
Dragon Nice haul! 😀 3y
ValerieAndBooks @rohit-sawant @Dragon thanks! I did better than I thought I would. 3y
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I loved this book! Erdrich's prose is stellar and filled with "must read this out loud to whoever will listen" sentences. She tackles so many themes that could bog a novel down - like gender identity and equality, the fine line between visions and hallucinations, mysticism vs. mental illness. I could go on and on. Yet the book is never preachy, the story flows naturally, and humor abounds. I must read her other books about these same characters!

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"The vast building echoed and only one small part was still in use - housing a cow, chickens, one depressed pig." With a sentence like that on page 12, you know it's going to be a good book.

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Clarkknowles
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Oh my God. This book. The first 100 pages, I struggled, wondered what it was all about. The last 200 pages was an extended, "Oh!" that's what it's all about. Brilliant and beautiful.

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"Time is a fish," said Nanapush slowly, "and all of us are living on the rib of it's fun." @24in48

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It's taken me a long time to get into this book but at around page 120, it clicked. Sometimes you just have to be patient.

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Clarkknowles
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Sitting by our BioLite Stove on the 4th of July eating dinner and reading some Louise Erdrich

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MusingsOnMidlife
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Gorgeous book post today! Looking forward to reading this.

JordanGraft I love that book! The story is so good, and Erdrich is one of my all time favorite writers! 4y
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"To love another human in all of her splendor and imperfect perfection, it is a magnificent task... Tremendous and foolish and human."
I love love love the way Louise Erdrich writes ??

shawnmooney I've never read her, but her latest novel, 'LaRose,' sounds so great ! 4y
JordanGraft @shawnmooney thanks for reminding me that's out. I just ordered it! 4y
razmanda I just finished The Antelope Wife today! My first attempt with this author and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to LaRose as well. 4y
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