An amazing triad of stories written in the views of Grandmother, Mother and Daughter. One of my favorite stories, it is the tale of Rayona and her life on and off the reservation. Most of the jokes are inside jokes that Native American would understand, but would go undetected by one not familiar with the culture. Heartfelt and tender, this is a book to read and keep to be read over and over.
What a beautiful touching book. Following three generations of women and their lives on an Indian reservation. The characters are so real and likeable, I became very attached to them. I almost didn't want this to end.
Starting in the present and moving backward in time, this is the thrice-told tale of three women...15 year old part black Rayona, searching for a way to find herself...her American Indian mother, Christine, consumed by both tenderness and resentment toward the people she loves...and the fierce and mysterious Ida, the mother and grandmother whose haunting secrets, ancient betrayals, and undying dreams echo silently through th years, bonding and braiding together the three strands of their shared past===and future
It has been a number of years since I have read this novel, but it remains in my upper stata of favorite books. Beautifully written, compelling characters, an absolutely gorgeous ending. What a loss to the literary world!
It's been years since I read this book, but I remember loving it and being surprised it was written by a man. He quickly became one of my favorite authors, along with his wife, Louise Erdrich. His death was a loss to the literary world.
This was a very interesting character study. The author does a great job of getting "into the heads" of each of the three women. Not something you read if you are looking to lighten up, but there is a spark of hope for the human condition in spite of the tragedy. A month after I read the book I can still spend time thinking about it.
Absolutely loved this book.
The way Mr. Dorris braided the story of the 3 kinfolk women was skillful.
The story gave me a front row seat about life on the reservation.
The main characters were spellbinding. Through Mr. Dorris's writing, he evoked both pity and admiration for their lives from the reader.
I was sorry when I turned the last page.
A great story of how a family's life decisions' effects the members of every generation thereafter for years to come. A great insight into the psychological depths of these three characters. A definite page-turner.
A shame that this book sat on my bookshelf for many years while I passed it up for more current novels. Michael Dorris drew me in with his vivid, poetic words and captured me with his interesting, multidimensional characters. Dorris begins the story in present day and works back to the past and it works. I dreaded coming to the end of this novel.
I read this book very long ago, but it remains in my mind as a brilliant novel. Three generations of women find that the threads of their lives are tied together with secrets, dreams, and betrayals...as well as tenderness and love. Unusual book, a great read.
Excellent story of three generations of women. Told from the youngest to the oldest, each generation holds surprises that the succeeding generation was not aware of. All three are heroic in their own way and misunderstood by the successors.
How does the experience of one generation affect succeeding generations? A unique generational saga, "Yellow Raft" is related by three voices: daughter, mother, and grandmother. And it proceeds in that order, from the present, to the past, to the far past! The reader's questions are answered in retrospect - wouldn't appeal to everyone, but I found it fascinating. Gave me a new view of life on a Native American reservation.