Dec 2, 2012

Sunday Salon: After the Full Moon

Welcome to the Sunday Salon!

Harvest Moon

There was a full moon November 28, also called a Full Beaver Moon and a Frost Moon, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.
"For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full Moon was also called the Frost Moon."
What better time to start reading The Round House by Louise Erdrich, a novel set on a North Dakota reservation and which is full of Native American customs and stories. Erdrich, a Native American member of the Ojibwe and Chippewa nation is described as one of the most significant Native writers of the second wave of the "Native American Renaissance."

The book has just been named the National Book Award for Fiction winner. It kept me company through a sleepless night last night. I'll be doing a review for a book tour on Tuesday.

On another note, I saw and enjoyed the panoramic and dramatic movie Life of Pi last weekend. Here's the trailer. It is not really a movie for young children - the tiger is too realistic (that is, fierce) and young children might get very scared in some scenes.  Then again, young children might love it and their adult companions might be the ones who get scared for them. In any case, a caveat. If you don't want young kids to see it, just see it yourself.

I have also confirmed that whatever yoga can't fix right away, like a buzzing or distracted mind, a good book can.

Happy week of reading! What's on your list?


The Bookworm said...

The Round House sounds like a great read.
The Life of Pi looks good, glad you enjoyed it.
Happy sunday!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Funny. I've come from the other side to the conclusion that anything a good book can't cure yoga can.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I am hoping to read The Round House soon...and while I hadn't even thought about watching The Life of Pi, now I'm intrigued.


Harvee said...

Naidea: they are both good!
DebNance: I bet it works both ways!
Laurel: If you see the movie, I hope you'll tell us what you think!

JoAnn said...

The Round House looks so good, but I still have Plague of Doves on my tbr shelf...

Karen said...

I just read an interview with the director of Life of Pi where he said the tiger was so realistic, the Indian authorities demanded to know about his regime for looking after its welfare while filming was in progress!

Harvee said...

JoAnne: I'd like to read her other books too.
Karen: I understand there were as many as four different tigers used in the film. The female tigers filmed the fierce scenes.

Staci said...

I have to see Life of Pi!!!! Can't wait to read your review of the book..I'm on the fence about this author.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Your post about the moon, helps to explain our black cat's bizarre behavior a few days ago...LOL

Have a great week.

Mason Canyon said...

I always enjoy books that feature a Native American theme and THE ROUND HOUSE sound intriguing. I'll have to add this to me TBR list.

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Unknown said...

I LOVED the movie Life of Pi. It wasn't QUITE as good as the book, but I think they did an amazing job considering the subject matter. I didn't expect it to translate so well into movie form.

I've been wanting to read The Round House

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Suko said...

The Round House sounds like an excellent book! I'd love to see (or read) Life of Pi.

Book of Secrets said...

I won a copy of The Round House. Looking forward to it arriving!

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