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Chapter 1 As the novel begins, Joe and his father, Bazil, who works as a tribal judge, are weeding saplings out from the foundation of their house. Joe and Bazil decide to go look for her. They are on the highway when Geraldine speeds past them going back to the house. Joe and Bazil, relieved, head home, only to find Geraldine still sitting in her car, covered in vomit and blood and smelling like gasoline.

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Share via Email Louise Erdrich … writes through the eyes of a teenage boy. For the first time ever, Joe's old man, a judge on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota in the late s, tires of the task before the boy does and leaves him to finish up.

Soon, father and son will learn that Geraldine, Joe's lovely mother, has been brutally raped, and the different ways the boy and the man respond to this trauma can be construed from this seemingly mundane beginning.

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As Erdrich explains in her afterword, conflicts of jurisdiction and sovereignty have long made it difficult to prosecute non-Native men for the rape of Native-American women on or around reservations.

Geraldine was attacked somewhere near the ceremonial structure that gives the novel its title, and the land thereabouts is a jigsaw puzzle of state, federal and tribal territories, each with different laws and different officials empowered to enforce them. It's possible to be horrified by this situation without the dramatic assistance of a novel, which is not to say that rape and reservation life can't serve as a premise for fiction.

But rape isn't really the subject of The Round House. Rather, this is the story of a teenage boy whose world and self are pulled apart and reassembled in the course of a year. Unlike Erdrich's other novels, which feature an assortment of narrators or points of view, The Round House is limited by what Joe himself can understand.

He has no imaginative access to the visceral nightmare of sexual assault. Even the adult Joe, who narrates the story from some unspecified future time, cannot fully grasp Geraldine's ordeal, perhaps because he can barely stand to think about it.

Like his father, Joe concerns himself instead with the pursuit of justice. With his three best buddies, Joe bikes around the landscape of his evaporating childhood. It's a terrain vibrant with woods and lakeside beaches, legendary local characters, kindly aunts who can be relied upon for food, nasty dogs to avoid, adult men to be looked up to "Whitey had a jailhouse spit — so sleek, so accurate.

Like he'd gone a period of his life with nothing to do but spit" and, if they're really lucky, a pretty girl or two to have a crush on. They debate the relative merits of the characters in Star Trek: The Next Generation "Naturally, we all wanted to be Worf" and challenge a Christian youth group for the right to skinny dip at a particularly fine swimming hole.

The most memorable, endearing passages of The Round House connect only tangentially to the boys' efforts at amateur detection.

They spy on the new Catholic priest, a former marine and a survivor of the embassy bombing in Lebanon, an impressive figure who is "almost enough to make a boy want to be a Catholic".

She accomplishes this by reminiscing about the physical peculiarities of her former lovers in lavish detail.

Erdrich portrays it with great, bawdy fondness. As Joe sees it, he likes Sonja, the former stripper who lives with his uncle Whitey, "the way a boy likes his aunt". She feeds and mothers him when Geraldine descends into a paralysing depression, and she comes to his aid when his investigation leads to a dangerous discovery.

They are "my two loves", objects of a mesmerised fascination he strives mightily to conceal. It's through the twists of Joe's relationship to Sonja, rather than through his mother's victimisation, that the boy learns how desire can be poisoned by rage and selfishness.The Round House: A Novel [Louise Erdrich] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction. One of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling. The definitive source for Saratoga Springs real estate.

Call the Aubrey Guri Team at RealtyUSA for homes, condos and high end property in elegant Saratoga! Geraldine Character Timeline in The Round House The timeline below shows where the character Geraldine appears in The Round House.

The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance. Nick and I didn’t get much notice that we were going to stay with Mum’s schoolfriend ‘Auntie Geraldine’ in her pokey house in a grim little village in Norfolk.

The Round House, winner of the National Book Award for fiction, is a fusion of two stories, although that seedling image suggests an apter term: grafting. There is the assault on Geraldine.

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