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A Yellow Raft in Blue Water: A Novel (original 1987; udgave 2003)

af Michael Dorris

Serier: Rayona (2)

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Moving backward in time, Dorris's critically acclaimed debut novel is a lyrical saga of three generations of Native American women beset by hardship and torn by angry secrets.
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Titel:A Yellow Raft in Blue Water: A Novel
Forfattere:Michael Dorris
Info:Picador (2003), Paperback, 384 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Native American, family

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A Yellow Raft in Blue Water af Michael Dorris (1987)

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Three generations of Indian women tell the stories of their lives and their prickly relationships with one another. As each story unfolds, things that didn’t make sense earlier start to fit together.
It kept me reading but now that I’ve finished, I realize the three voices telling the story were too similar. The young girl sounded more sophisticated and world wise than the character seemed; her mother was way too self aware than she acted. The grandmother who stayed on the reservation not only didn’t sound like someone who grew up Indian, she was also an unbelievable character with too much cold-blooded scheming. Finally, there were too many coincidences and unbelievable events.
All that said, I still enjoyed the family drama and the pleasure of seeing their secrets unfold. ( )
  piemouth | Jun 17, 2021 |
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water brings us the lives of three Indian women, a daughter, a mother and a grandmother, in their respective first person narrative voices. We meet Rayona first; she is fifteen years old, and her life is not easy. She and her mother live in Seattle, but Mom is often "sick" and in the hospital. We are not told (as Rayona is not told) what is wrong with her. Rayona's father is a black man who moves in and out of her life, contributing very little to it other than the effects of his DNA on her appearance. When Rayona's mother Christine decides they must return to the reservation to live with HER mother, no reason is given for that either. In Christine's section of the novel, we hear her tell her story, going back to her own teen years. We learn of her bond with her younger brother Lee and his best friend, Dayton; and of the dynamic attraction that drew her to Elgin Taylor and brought her Rayona. Finally, we hear from Christine's mother, who has always insisted that her children call her "Aunt Ida", because she was not married when they were born and therefore isn't entitled to be called "Mother". As each section unfolds, we learn things that the previous narrator did not tell us, because she did not KNOW. Secrets are at the heart of each woman's life; sometimes they are revealed to the characters, but more often only we, the readers are let in on all the truths, all the motivations, all the heartbreaks. This is an incredible novel, and I highly recommend it. ( )
1 stem laytonwoman3rd | Jan 16, 2021 |
Excellent, an instant favorite. ( )
  Poprockz | Dec 4, 2019 |
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 towards the people she loves...and the fierce and mysterious Ida, the mother and grandmother whose haunting secrets, ancient betrayals, and undying dreams echo silently though the years, bonding and braiding together the three strands of their shared past- and their future.
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  cdiemert | Jul 30, 2017 |
This is one of my all-time favorite books. It admirably shows the danger of keeping poisonous family secrets and how the poison dribbles down through the generations to affect all members of the family. Michael Dorris channels the voices of his female characters with great skill. ( )
  Deelightful | May 16, 2017 |
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