The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

A Novel

Book - 2001
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Over the years, Father Damian has seen the reservation through its most severe crises, yet he is more than a heroic priest. He has lived with and served the Ojibwa people as a man of the cloth, and also as a woman. However, where does fact end and reality begin? NPR sponsorships. Deals with miracles, crises of faith, struggles with good & evil, temptation, & the corrosive & redemptive power of secrecy. For more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved people, the Ojibwa, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Compelled to his task by a direct mystical experience, Father Damien has made enormous sacrifices, and experienced the joys of commitment as well as deep suffering. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. He imagines the undoing of all that he has accomplished -- sees unions unsundered, baptisms nullified, those who confessed to him once again unforgiven. To complicate his fears, his quiet life changes when a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, difficult, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda. Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Sister Leopolda's piety, but these facts are bound up in his own secret. In relating his history and that of Leopolda, whose wonder working is documented but inspired, he believes, by a capacity for evil rather than the love of good, Father Damien is forced to choose: Should he reveal all he knows and risk everything? Or should he manufacture a protective history? In spinning out the tale of his life, Father Damien in fact does both. His story encompasses his life as a young woman, her passions, and the pestilence, tribal hatreds, and sorrows passed from generation to generation of Ojibwa. From the fantastic truth of Father Damien's origin as a woman to the hilarious account of the absurd demise of Nanapush, his best friend on the reservation, his story ranges over the span of the century.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061577628
9780060187279
0060187271
9780060931223
0060931221
Characteristics: 361 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Oct 02, 2017

I tried to read this at the beginning of the summer without much success. I revisited it later this summer/early fall & found it was perfect!! I really enjoyed learning the characters, the towns and traditions, missteps and human elements in this book. Wonderful storytelling and lovely read! I found myself surrounded in warm blankets, warm drinks, and delightful falling leaves as I journeyed through Little No Horse. A beautiful star I am glad to have seen!!

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SuzeParker
Nov 26, 2015

It’s impossible to find fault with Erdrich’s lyrical writing, or the poetic tension she creates between Ojibwe mysticism and Catholicism, or the abundant symbolism with which she infuses the book. And certain events in the story are unforgettable (oh, the vision created when Nanapush is snagged to his boat seat and dragged by a frightened moose!). The density of Erdrich’s prose was, at times, distracting, however. In those moments, I felt that I should be <i>studying</i> the book, rather than reading it for pleasure.

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joliebergman
Apr 23, 2013

Love, love, love!

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griddling
Nov 14, 2012

An excellent read, this book covers historical ground, questions and observations on culture and identity and weaves together complex stories.

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CD1982
Mar 26, 2011

This is an amazing book, spanning many years and cultures. It’s a complicated story in some ways, but worth reading.

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