- By Louise Erdrich

The Bingo Palace

  • Title: The Bingo Palace
  • Author: Louise Erdrich
  • ISBN: 9780006547099
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Bingo Palace Immediately upon returning to his North Dakota Chippewa reservation Lipsha Morrissey having failed in the outside world falls head over heels in love with the beautiful Shawnee Ray She is the fierce

    Immediately upon returning to his North Dakota Chippewa reservation, Lipsha Morrissey having failed in the outside world falls head over heels in love with the beautiful Shawnee Ray She is the fierce and ambitious mother of the illegitimate son of Lyman Lamartine, owner of the Bingo Palace and a powerful force on the reservation Lyman is determined to marry Shawnee RayImmediately upon returning to his North Dakota Chippewa reservation, Lipsha Morrissey having failed in the outside world falls head over heels in love with the beautiful Shawnee Ray She is the fierce and ambitious mother of the illegitimate son of Lyman Lamartine, owner of the Bingo Palace and a powerful force on the reservation Lyman is determined to marry Shawnee Ray, who is just as determined to elude him and go to college When Lipsha goes to work for Lyman, he also enters into a battle for Shawnee Ray s affections, calling first on the magic of tribal elder Fleur Pillager, then on luck, and finally on traditional tribal religion Erdrich s fourth novel is at once comic and moving, magical and realistic, and filled with evidence of her awesome descriptive powers The affecting ending makes the reader hungry for .

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    1. OH LOUISEY, YOU DAWG! IT'S SO HARD TO EVEN BEGIN TO REVIEW THIS BOOK, BUT WE POOR SUBLUNARY CREATURES WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOIN ON UP THERE IN THE EXALTED SPHERES. Okay no more shouting Alleluias in bold face: let's get down to work: I follow the dictums given to my students eons ago to decipher the novel's meaning. We deconstruct according to five topics: SETTING: We are somewhere in and around The Dakotas. Fargo is mentioned but the setting becomes very "Pan's Labyrinth" so we are deep in [...]

    2. Lipsha Morrissey is probably the least likely of all central characters. He is a ne'er-do-well extraordinaire. He sweeps the floors at the bingo palace and is sometime night watchman. But he loves Shawnee Ray Toose and we cannot help but feel for him. Not sorry for him, but want him to find a way to make a life with her. But she's not having anything to do with him - he is a Morrissey for one thing.The Bingo Palace is so much more than this love story, it's impossible to put into words. I think [...]

    3. This will go down as one of my favorite books by Louise Erdrich, but it's part of a trilogy, and its so long since I read the first two, that now I want to go back and read them, and put it into context. Sometimes Erdrich's cultural perspective to keep the story cyclical loses me at the end of her books, but this one made perfect sense. And the strength and determination of absolute, all-encompassing love is beautifully demonstrated in Lipshaw's mother and father, as well as in his own life. Fle [...]

    4. I reread The Bingo Palace with hopes of inching it into four star territory. But upon second reading, I still can’t in good conscience give the novel anything but three. The first half of the book is great. It positions at the center of the narrative a good old-fashioned love story that begins at a pow-wow which the author describes wonderfully, where the two protagonists meet and Lipsha develops his all-consuming passion for Shawnee Ray. Erdrich keeps this love story central while she whirls [...]

    5. Very boring indeed! I struggled through the first forty pages, where too many different characters were introduced and then sort of left hanging. Thereafter, most of the book was about a young man who got infatuated by a girl. This part was really dragged out and nothing much happened. Then the end section reverted back to all the other people who had been introduced at the outset. Technically, the problem with the book was that it was disjointed, that the main protagonist was not in the least b [...]

    6. I have a favorable impression now that I've finished, but in the beginning I really wondered if I would like this. There are so many characters within the first ten or so pages and I absolutely could not keep them straight - especially since they are all inter-related in various ways. As the book went on, I figured out which ones mattered here and ignored the rest, but before I got to that point I did a lot of looking back. I wonder if this problem would have been less apparent if I had read the [...]

    7. OK, so I didn't start in the best place when choosing an introduction to Erdrich, but it was her only tome on the shelves of my local library. Erdrich's writing is lovely and generous and wild, evoking a people and a way of living that I can only wistfully imagine. I loved her characters' stubborn faults, their ability to imagine and strive and stumble within their limits, and their rich, wild language of love.Her writing sometimes made me nervous (for all the ways hearts can leap and bolt and t [...]

    8. Required reading for Am. Ind. Lit Prof. Laura Furlan, UMASS-Amherst.Erdrich is good. I'd only read "Love Medicine" before this, and didn't remember enjoying it as much as this, but I was probably just being a wiener when I read "Love Medicine".I was surprised with all the comparisons Erdrich gets to Faulkner, but I see it, and agree with it in the sense of creating a fictional place and characters and using them across a decade plus of novels.Erdrich is really funny. Legitimately funny novels in [...]

    9. I read this as a sequel to Love Medicine, interested in what happened to two of the younger characters--Lyman and Lipsha--featured toward the end of that novel. Both work in the bingo palace of the title and both are after one Shawnee Red. Lipsha's sections dominate the book, which is arranged in chronological order. The problem is that his musings, meditations, and actions mark him as an exasperating and hapless character; one has to work to remain sympathetic with him. The lively character sto [...]

    10. Like all great storytellers, Erdrich's work speaks to a universal human experience of love, loss, and family, but is told through a unique and singular lens

    11. The masochist in me has developed a strange yearning for Erdrich when the blistering winter chill starts to scrape St. Louis. Not that this place gets nearly as cold and for not nearly as long as her Dakota climes, but there's such a mysteriously gratifying level of sympathy, longing, and ironic warmth I get out of her world. I think this started when I read most of Tracks one December day three years ago, smothered in blankets next to a drafty window in a former apartment, when my heat had gone [...]

    12. You know, I think I'm just going to give up on Louise Erdrich. I liked The Master Butcher's Singing Club, and was okay with The Beet Queen and with parts of The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. But with each of her books, it's a chore for me to read. It takes weeks, if longer occasionally. I pick them up and put them down. Sometimes, I'm rewarded with a line like "In her eyes I see the force of her love. It is bulky and hard to carry, like a package that keeps untying." (The Beet [...]

    13. The fourth in a quartet of related novels, The Bingo Palace features Lipsha Morrissey, the son of June Kashpaw and Gerry Nanapush, characters from all of the interconnected families in Erdrich's previous books. The Bingo Palace is the main symbol of the story - a structure planned for a site on an Objiwe reservation - a site considered sacred to Native Americans. The bingo palace is a double-edged sword in that it will benefit the tribe financially at the same time that it will destroy another p [...]

    14. Lipsha, this protagonist, was a side character in her earlier novels and I'd be inclined to keep him there. But Erdrich is a lot smarter than I am. She is such a generous writer. That's the only word I can find for it. This is a book about a young man who is infatuated with a girl too good for him, a young man whose parents abandoned him to criminality and suicide, a young man who works in a casino and gambles his way to a new life, a young man who is every stereotype and none of them. She doesn [...]

    15. in this fourth book of louise erdrick's we are once again taken back to the reservation. this time to watch modern day decendants of the clans, whose lives are so interwoven by marriages that everyone seems to be related. as they try to integrate the present and future, and still somehow honor their past traditions, all generations make decisions that have long term impact. filled with heartache, humor, love and the wisdom of the ages, it's a beautiful story that will stay with you long after yo [...]

    16. I *think* this is usually considered to be one of Erdrich's lesser novels, but I think it has aged well and is the type of novel that rewards slow, patient reading. (Plus, I'd take a lesser Erdrich over 95% of everything else any dayif there's any justice in this world, she'll be the next U.S. writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.)

    17. This book made me sick in the way only powerful artworks canLike that movie Love Liza, or that gambling movie also with Mr. Hoffman. The thought of trading away the most important things in your life, your culture, for a few minutes of gambling thrill makes me afraid for my own life. Maybe I am doing things just as stupid without realizing it, throwing away the things that are most important.

    18. I loved her newer book "The Master Singing Butchers Club" ( or something like that) I found this book too depressing knowing when I got in a few pages that it was going to end badly. So I didn't even finish it and gave it to the Used Bookstore in Ashland Oregon!

    19. Erdrich is a favorite author of mine, and if I had heard the plot of the book and narration style described before reading it, I would have been all in. But something didn't work for me. I almost think the book needed to be a couple hundred pages longer in order to accomplish the fleshing out of all the characters involved. I like the "Orange is the New Black"-style of devoting different chapters to the backgrounds of different characters who intermingle, but there were just so many, and at time [...]

    20. I love Lipsha, I really wish he were a real person. As ever, Erdrich's characters are very memorable and she manages to sketch them in subtle and unusual ways. Fleur Pillager continues to fascinate me, and the ways these family members handle each other keeps me coming back to Erdrich's work. In some ways I wish this novel had been all about Lipsha and had been greater in scope, beyond his attempts to get Shawnee Ray to love him, because I think there's more to get from Lipsha's characters, but [...]

    21. Beautiful novel about hope, dreams, the clash of the contemporary and the past, the sacred and the secular. I loved returning to the world Erdrich created in this cycle of novels. I've read Love Medicine a handful of times (I teach it in senior IB literature) and I will always revere it as one of her best, but I love reading beyond it as well, and I love the interconnectedness of stories and characters. Every time I read her work it feels like going home.

    22. I liked the story, and enjoyed the writing. This is the third book in a 7 book series, so I would have preferred to have read the previous books first to get more background on some of the characters in this book.

    23. I wish it could have turned out better, for ALL the characters, but it often doesn't for so many of our native peoples.

    24. It was very psychologically melodramatic, but I had a hard time getting to know the characters and their motivations.

    25. This is part 4 of her four book series about the pillagers,Kashpaw and Lamertines. Funny, serious and unforgettable as only Erdrich can write.

    26. Lipsha Morrissey, what can his people say about him except, "Who he is is just the habit of who he always was, we warned Marie. If he's not careful, who he'll be is the result." Lipsha is summoned home when his grandmother sends him a copy of his father's Wanted poster. He arrives during the Intertribal song at the winter powwow. He sees his cousin Albertine dancing and then can't help but notice Shawnee Ray. And from this moment on he is consumed with her.But as pure and hungry as his love seem [...]

    27. You have to prepare yourself to read Lousie Erdrich. This is not a book you are going to sandwich between the noise of perceived notions and the humdrum of modern living. It takes time and a clean brain to process the spell this author wants to weave. With no expectations, you need to embrace this lyrical tale and understand the ending; which is just a reset of the infinite cycle of life. I'm left in awe of Ms. Erdrich's masterery of the craft of storytelling and soothed with the songs of humani [...]

    28. Louise Erdrich is a talented storyteller with looping prose that easily envelopes the reader in snow, sun, or the grasses of her North Dakota setting. The Bingo Palace is the 4th in her loose series starting with Love Medicine which follows the intertwining lives of a Native Americans living on and off of a fictional reservation. This volume specifically focuses on Lipsha Morrisey the son of rebellious June Morrisey and criminal constantly on the lam Gerry Nanapush. It mostly details his love fo [...]

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