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Tales of Burning Love [Hardcover]

Louise Erdrich
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25 July 1996
From Louise Erdrich, acclaimed, award-winning author of The Bingo Palace, comes her richest and most commerical novel yet. Tales of Burning Love takes readers beyond Erdrich's world of the reservation to tell the story of five women whose lives are connected by one man. Their stories broach the repair of wounded hearts and all the discoveries, both comic and painful, made by blind touch.


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  • Hardcover: 451 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (25 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060176059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060176051
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 17.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,325,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louise Erdrich is one of the most gifted, prolific, and challenging of American novelists. Her fiction reflects aspects of her mixed heritage: German through her father, and French and Ojibwa through her mother. She is the author of many novels, the first of which, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the last of which, The Round House, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2012. She lives in Minnesota.

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‘Erdrich writes with marvellous zest.’ Sunday Times

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About the Author

Louise Erdrich is one of the most gifted, prolific, and challenging of American novelists. Her fiction reflects aspects of her mixed heritage: German through her father, and French and Ojibwa through her mother. She is the author of many novels, the first of which, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the last of which, The Round House, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2012. She lives in Minnesota.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Better off reading _Love Medicine_ 18 May 1999
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Format:Paperback
Louise Erdrich is a fine, accomplished writer. Somehow, it seemed to me that this novel exhibited signs of subject exhaustion. I believe that _Love Medicine_ is proof that Erdrich should be held in high regard as a writer, as the talent is truly there. That work also served as a template for some of her later works, a fact which I am a bit disappointed by since I feel that none of them have achieved the same level of poetic impact. _Tales of Burning Love_ is well written, but I feel that the story drags in places, and can be tedious to sit through; it helped that I read the majority of it while riding the bus. I was sorry to see her using the same characters again. They are strong, worthy, and well-developed characters, but in the context of this particular story they seemed more contrived.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plot hole question for a superb book 15 July 1999
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Format:Paperback
I just finished this book and I have a question. If we are to believe the ending of _Bingo Palace_, Gerry Nanapush, after he and Lipsha have stolen a car with Jack Mauser Jr. in it, run into the ghost of June Morrisey and Gerry leaves this world to join her in the next.
This time frame is revisited in _Tales_ and we see that Gerry has somehow escaped the snowbound car and gone to see Dot, joins the 4 wives as the hitchhiker in the back of their snowbound vehicle, then leaves and visits his daughter before dissapearing. How is this possible? How he could he take off to another world with June (presumably as some kind of spirit entity), and at the sasme time come visit Dot as a very alive human? It could be explained if the Gerry that vistied Dot was a spirit, but the book makes it very clear he's not. He has sex with Dot, and even at the end of his visit with his daughter asks her where the gascan for the snowmobile is so he can escape, something a spirit would not need to do.
As far as the book itself, I found it to be another example of Erdrich's superb talent, full of poetic and spirtual images and well drawn, compelling characters. I thought it did drag a bit during the part where the 4 wives were stranded, especially during Marlis's story. Overall I'd highly reccomend it. It would help to read _Love Medicine_, _Tracks_, and _Bingo Palace_ first, in that order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prose as cool and constant as rain. 29 Dec 1998
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Format:Paperback
Effortlessly Erdrich weaves a web of words that quickly unravels the skeen of the characters lives. We are told where they've been, but where they are and where they are going is as swirling and directionless as the snow in a squall. And so much of the characters lives are indeed revealed during a snowbound incident. There they must come to grips with the truths in their lives and what it means to love, lose, and love again. I highly recommend this novel. Of all Erdrich's work it most fully encompasses what it FEELS like to be stumbling through love and life.
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Louise Erdrich is a masterful novelist, capable of writing spellbinding prose and developing complex, wonderfully human characters. In *Tales of Burning Love*, all of these talents are apparent, and the novel is, if nothing else, a "good read." If some of her past works have tended toward a plodding pace and an ethereal kind of tone, this one is different in that it finds Ehrlich creating a veritable snowstorm of action and events. In fact, there are so many bizarre twists and turns, so many eerie occurrences laden with ironies and sly twists of fate that one suspects that Erdrich may here be trying to broaden her audience so as to make her work more commercially successful. It was this shift toward the tawdry, the sensational, and the lowest common denominator in terms of target audience that I found myself resenting by the end of the book.
The male protagonist, Jack Mauser, has few or no redeeming qualities, as far as I can discern. He's cruel, moody, unstable, and neither terribly bright nor sensitive. Yet one of the principal premises of the book is that this man is veritably irresistible to a variety of women, four of whom he marries. Perhaps this makes the book a "woman's book," inasmuch as some female readers might find some point of identity with these women in the way that they just can't help loving this jerk, despite their better judgment. But I found the whole swirl of affections and passions surrounding Jack Mauser annoying and unconvincing.
Even at her worst, Louise Erdrich is a terrific novelist, and this novel is well worth reading simply for the masterful way that Erdrich tells a story, makes transitions, and creates moods and visions. But this is not her best novel.
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