The Master Butchers Singing Club Author:Louise Erdrich Having survived World War I, Fidelis Waldvogel returns to his quiet German village and marries the pregnant widow of his best friend, killed in action. With a suitcase full of sausages and a master butcher's precious knife set, Fidelis sets out for America. — In Argus, North Dakota, he builds a business, a home for his family -- which include... more »s Eva and four sons -- and a singing club consisting of the best voices in town. When the Old World meets the New -- in the person of Delphine Watzka -- the great adventure of Fidelis's life begins. Delphine meets Eva and is enchanted. She meets Fidelis, and the ground trembles. These momentous encounters will determine the course of Delphine's life, and the trajectory of this brilliant novel.« less
This book was so haunting. I am so torn over this book. The writing is so beautiful and yet there are truly disturbing elements in this story. When I first read the book I felt angry because hope was continually stripped away from the characters lives. But this story has endured in my mind more clearly than any other book. My reaction was so strong and long lasting that I came to realize that this story really touched me, and will always be with me.
I didn't plan to read this book, but read the reviews and decided to give it a try before someone requested it from my inventory. What a wonderful surprise. I won't be letting this one go. Rich language, beautifully crafted, what a storyteller Erdrich is. I'll be ordering another copy to share with family.
Erlich's "The Master Butchers Singing Club" is a beautifully written book full of characters that lift off the pages as real and vivid. There are twists and turns in the underlying mysteries. I stayed up late several nights reading this one. History, romance, adventure, and family saga all rolled up into one. The story quickly moves from Germany to North Dakota and has two central characters--Fidelis from Germany and Delphine from the states. He comes to make his fortune and raise a family. She is a loving, industrious person trying to rise above an alcoholic father and mysterious past.
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What a cast of characters! What surprises! This book was masterfully written and I kept thinking about it for days after reading it. I didn't know whether to laugh out loud or cry! My book discussion group plans to discuss it in November.
My impression of this book is WOW. It's loaded with intriging characters who are fascinating and real. The author's ability to evoke emotion and care for her characters is unparalleled. I couldn't put it down.
I gave this book a high rating because it captured my interest and held it for the duration. It gives us an insight into a family which arrives upon the streets of NY from Germany and travels to N Dakota to set up a Butcher's shop in a small town with the father, an exGerman soldier, starting a singing club. The family's association with people from the area form unbreakable bonds as the family works diligently to find success during the period between WWI and WWII. The reader will appreciate accurate history, and basic human emotions tugging at the minds of the characters which mesh into a very good story. I enjoyed it and at times found I could not put it down.
This was fantastic, and I'm not usually much of a Louise Erdrich fan. Maybe because this was based on a member of her own family, but her characters are vibrant and alive, and the story made my brain fizz with delight. I've recommended this book to everyone I know who has even the slightest interest in books. It's that good.