Louise Erdrich writes with honesty, courage, tenderness, and sometimes dark humor about Native American people: families, communities, youth,parents, in ways that resonate with all of us. Shadow Tag strips a family to its core, the entangling love, the cruelty, the petty revenges that make the reader cringe. A husband who is an iconic painter with a national reputation, the wife who has been his muse and subject, but now feels trapped in their relationship, and three children who seemed tossed by the storm of their household, trying in their naïveté to make plans for survival. Beautifully written, but dark in its unflinching honesty, the book closes with tragedy but hopefulness for the future of the survivors.
way too dark for my taste. I did not like it.
I really enjoyed this novel (more than any other I've read of Erdrich's novels). I found it confusing at first, switching between the red and blue journals and the fact that the rest of the storyline seemed to bleed into the journal entries at times. I think I found this confusing, since it was all written without quotation marks, even when the main story was being told. I got used to this style after awhile, and started to appreciate it for it's unique qualities.
For me, there was something almost comforting about the description in detail of Gil's artwork and the children's relationships with one another. It was a good "alternative" wintertime read. That said, I like a good novel with some dark subject matter.
Based on this book's rave reviews, I was very excited to jump right in an enjoy it. Except I found it tedious and kind of sad. None of the characters are likable and I just feel bad for them all - they all seem quite miserable. I made it to page 80-something and decided to throw in the towel. Life is too short to waste time on a book I dread reading. NEXT
This was one of the most boring books I've ever read. I didn't care about any of the characters, and the lack of quotation marks irritated me. The concept was interesting, but poorly executed.