Book Reviews of The Beet Queen

The Beet Queen
The Beet Queen
Author: Louise Erdrich
ISBN-13: 9780553268072
ISBN-10: 0553268074
Publication Date: 9/1/1987
Pages: 303
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Full of unique characters and complicated relationships that make for a sad/funny family story.
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One of the best books I\'ve ever read! It sticks with you - this one lady is a butcher. How does a butcher find a mate? It\'s tough, but she manages. Very interesting characters. Well written. Reads fast. (I\'ve read it twice.)
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After reading and thoroughly enjoying Erdrich's "Master Butcher's Singing Club," I picked up this book with high expectations. I was disappointed and found the story to all be a bit strange...
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Her writing is pitch-perfect and, often, breath-taking; Her stories are even better
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Per New York Times, \"A remarkable and luminous novel.\"
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"..,a vibrant tale of abandonment and sexual obsession, jealousy and unstinting love....in 1932 young Karl and Mary Adare arrive by boxcar in North Dakota. Orphaned in a most peculiar way they look for refuge with an aunt and uncle who run a butcher shop. So begins an exhilarating forty one year saga brimming with unforgettable characters..."
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Interesting perspective from several members of a family and a few friends following their lives through 40 years.
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A book of power and precision!
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A remarkable and luminous novel Written with extraordinary power, compassion and insight into the human heart. The dialogue is brillant from start to finish.
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On a spring morning in 1932, young Karl and Mary Adare arrive by boxcar in Argus, North Dakota. Orphaned in a most peculiar way, Karl and Mary look for refuge to their mother's sister Fritzie, who, with husband, Pete, runs a butcher shop. So begins an exhilarating forty-year saga brimming with unforgettable characters: Ordinary Mary who causes a miracle; Seductive Karl, who lacks Mary's gift for survival; Sita, their lovely, disturbed, ambitious cousin; Wallace Pfef, a town leader bearing a lonely secret; Celestine James, a mixed-blood Chippewa, and her daughter, Dot. Theirs is a story grounded in the tenancity of relationships, the magic of natural events and the unending mystery of the human condition.

Wonderful reading. Erdrich writes with compassion and insight into the human heart. This was a New York times bestseller & her previous book, Love Medicine, won many awards.
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Terrific read especially if love family sagas and relationships. The characters run in and out of your mind - sometimes likeable, sometimes not. Erdrich has a knack for making her people incredibly human. This is a little bit of everything - abandonment, friendship, love, narcissim, greed. Lots of riveting sibling animosity flying around here....very very well done. Bravo!
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This book was a refreshing change. It was entertaining and moved along at quite a pace. A wonderful story. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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Another great text from Louise Erdrich that explores the complexity of not-so-traditional families. I personally like Love Medicine more as I felt those characters were more fascinating and hard to read, but The Beet Queen is a great cross-generational examination of family dynamics. A good read for a mother/ teenage daughter who may not be seeing eye to eye.
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Another great novel by Louise Erdrich! I love this author. In the spring of 1932 two orphaned children arrive by boxcar in Argus, North Dakota and look for refuge with their mother's sister. So begins a 40 year saga brimming with unforgettable characters!
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A vibrant tale of abandonment & sexual obsession, jealousy & unstinting love, brimming with unforgettable characters. With two orphans arriving at their aunt & uncles house in North Dakota at the height of the depression begins a 40 year saga about the tenacity of relationships, the wonder of natural events & the unending mystery of the human condition.
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Enjoyed this book that took place over a period of years. Louise Erdich draws you into the stories. I am looking forward to reading her other books.
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For those who like Louise Erdrich. I had mixed feelings about this book, but it came together well at the end.
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I LOVED this! It was a great, great story with lots of great moments.
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Great summer read!
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From the award-winning author of Love Medicine comes a tale of abandonment and sexual obsession, jealousy and unstinting love. On a spring morning in 1932, young Karl and Mary Adare arrive by boxcar in Argus, North Dakota. Orphaned in a most peculiar way, Karl and Mary look for refuge to their mother's sister Fritzie, who with her husband, Pete, run a butcher shop. So begins an exhilerating 40-year saga brimming with unforgettable characters: Ordinary Mary, who causes a miracle ; seductive Karl, who lacks Mary's gift for survival; Sita, their disturbed, ambitious cousin; Wallace Pfef, a town leader bearing a lonely secret; Celestine James, a mixed-blood Chippewa and her daughter, Dot. Theirs is a story grounded in the tenacity of relationships, the magic of natural events and the unending mystery of the human condition.
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People always give me books "they" say are fantastic. I found it boring but perhaps it's the exact thing you're looking for. Perhaps you can find a real review on Amazon.com
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This book is not a hardcover. It is a large paperback book, ISBN-10.