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TMBSC: Chapters 13 (The Snake People) through 16 (Step-and-a-Half)

Please use this thread for discussion of Chapters 13 through 16 of The Master Butchers Singing Club and the novel as a whole.

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Re: TMBSC: Chapters 13 (The Snake People) through 16 (Step-and-a-Half)

SPOILER FOR VERY END OF BOOK

 

Did anyone guess that Step-and-a-Half was Minnie, Roy's wife and Delphine's adopted mother?  I didn't see that coming at all!  Wow!

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Neither did I, but I wonder why she left Dephine to such a bad father. Even though, he was a loving father, because of his drinking problem he was completely unable to take care of the little girl. I actually thought that Delphine had an Indian mother.

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chadadanielleKR wrote:

Neither did I, but I wonder why she left Dephine to such a bad father. Even though, he was a loving father, because of his drinking problem he was completely unable to take care of the little girl. I actually thought that Delphine had an Indian mother.


I remember that Step-and-a-Half noted that Delphine was strong as a baby, and a survivor.  I assume that Step-and-a-Half thought Delphine would survive in any circumstances.  She had been left for dead, so Step-and-a-Half thought life, even a challenged one, was better than death in an outhouse.  Also, what choice did Step-and-a-Half have?  I guess she could have left Delphine on the doorstep of someone she thought would care for the baby.

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Re: TMBSC: Chapters 13 (The Snake People) through 16 (Step-and-a-Half)

From the Reading Group Guide:

 

13. Why does Erdrich title the book The Master Butchers Singing Club?

 

I don't really know.  I was wondering about this myself as I finished the book.  Any ideas?

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Re: TMBSC: Chapters 13 (The Snake People) through 16 (Step-and-a-Half)

From the Reading group Guide:

 

4. In her vaudeville act with Cyprian, Delphine becomes a "table," supporting Cyprian and a number of pieces of furniture on her torso. What is the significance of Delphine's role as a table? How does her strength impact the lives of those around her?

 

I hadn't thought of Delphine as a table supporting those around her while reading the book.  It is a perfect analogy!  She spends her whole life supporting others.

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Singing is a thread throughout the book and a link between the two worlds: the old one (Europe) and the new one (USA), I woould have prefered the word "choral" or "choir". In French (you can easily guess), the title is "la Chorale des maîtres bouchers", which suits me perfectly.

Even though the singers might have fought against each other, once they sing they forget about their antagonism and they just sing German and American songs.

I really like the idea.

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Re: TMBSC: Chapters 13 (The Snake People) through 16 (Step-and-a-Half)

Nope, and I'd read some plot synopses ahead of time and none of them mentioned it!


Fozzie wrote:

SPOILER FOR VERY END OF BOOK

 

Did anyone guess that Step-and-a-Half was Minnie, Roy's wife and Delphine's adopted mother?  I didn't see that coming at all!  Wow!


 

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chadadanielleKR wrote:

Singing is a thread throughout the book and a link between the two worlds: the old one (Europe) and the new one (USA), I woould have prefered the word "choral" or "choir". In French (you can easily guess), the title is "la Chorale des maîtres bouchers", which suits me perfectly.

Even though the singers might have fought against each other, once they sing they forget about their antagonism and they just sing German and American songs.

I really like the idea.


Yes, that makes sense --- it is the common thread.

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Re: TMBSC: Chapters 13 (The Snake People) through 16 (Step-and-a-Half)

So, would you read another of Louise Erdrich's books?

 

I would definitely read a couple more of her books.  There are some I have no interest in.  I need a break between her books though --- too much to read back to back, for me anyway.

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Re: TMBSC: Chapters 13 (The Snake People) through 16 (Step-and-a-Half)

I'd like to give one of her more Native America-centered books a try.  And I agree - she packed a lot into this one.  It was a lot to take in at once!!


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So, would you read another of Louise Erdrich's books?

 

I would definitely read a couple more of her books.  There are some I have no interest in.  I need a break between her books though --- too much to read back to back, for me anyway.


 

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Re: TMBSC: Chapters 13 (The Snake People) through 16 (Step-and-a-Half)

So would I!