The Painted Drum.THE PAINTED DRUM. Louise Erdrich. 2005. Read by Anna Fields. 8 cds. 9 hrs. Harper Audio. 0-06-082816-1. $39.95. Cardboard; plot, author notes. SA
Faye Travers and her mother own an estate appraisal business in New Hampshire New Hampshire, one of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (S), Vermont, with the Connecticut R. forming the boundary (W), the Canadian province of Quebec (NW), and Maine and a short strip of the Atlantic Ocean (E). specializing in Native American artifacts artifacts
see specimen artifacts. . On one of her jobs, Faye comes across a painted drum and feels a certain spiritual connection that compels her to steal it. Realizing the drum's origin is Ojibwa, from the area where her grandmother was born, Faye decides to return it to the reservation in North Dakota North Dakota, state in the N central United States. It is bordered by Minnesota, across the Red River of the North (E), South Dakota (S), Montana (W), and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba (N). .
Fields has an incredibly versatile style in her reading, fully voicing the numerous characters. She has an exceptional ability to capture the intense emotions expressed in each of three mother-child relationships that make up this novel. These women must face the harshest reality that any mother can know: the death or near-death of their children. Erdrich has woven the mysticism mysticism (mĭs`tĭsĭzəm) [Gr.,=the practice of those who are initiated into the mysteries], the practice of putting oneself into, and remaining in, direct relation with God, the Absolute, or any unifying principle of life. , legend and grace of the Native American spirit into this multigenerational mul·ti·gen·er·a·tion·al
Of or relating to several generations: multigenerational family traditions. tale. She uses the painted drum as an object of spiritual continuity to tie together the family stories told by three different narrators. The powerful story of the drum's creation by Ojibwa elder Bernard Shaawano after wolves attack his daughter helps the reader/listener understand the energy of the drum and its influence on the lives of those who have come in contact with it. Carol Kellerman, retired Lib/Media Spec., Santa Fe Santa Fe, city, Argentina
Santa Fe, city (1991 pop. 341,000), capital of Santa Fe prov., NE Argentina, a river port near the Paraná, with which it is connected by canal. , NM
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