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The Painted Drum
The Painted Drum
Author: Louise Erdrich
While appraising the estate of a New Hampshire family descended from a North Dakota Indian agent, Faye Travers is startled to discover a rare moose skin and cedar drum fashioned long ago by an Ojibwe artisan. And so begins an illuminating journey both backward and forward in time, following the strange passage of a powerful yet delicate instrume...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060515119
ISBN-10: 0060515112
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 63 ratings
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 3
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Helpful Score: 4
One of her best. It is a bit slow going in the first chapter, but qucikly picks up speed - fascinating story w. memorable characters
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Great discussion in our book group. Erdrich's characters are captivating. She is a wonderful storyteller.
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Definitely one of her best. Very thought provoking.
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We begin and end with two women, mother and daughter, who appraise estates for a living. Daughter Faye finds an Ojibwe moose-skin and cedar drum and she recognizes it as something with a history and of value that cannot be bought. She decides to rescue it.

We then learn, bit by bit, how the drum came to be and how it figured in so many lives over time. The stories are told with the usual sensitivity and care that have come to characterize Louse Erdrich's writing. It is fulfilling and illuminating.

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