Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Leap

The Leap

Louise Erdrich

About the Author: (goodreads)
Karen Louise Erdrich is a Native American author of novels, poetry, and children's books. She is an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe nation (also known as Ojibway and Chippewa). She is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant Native writers of the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renaissance.

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The narrarator owes her life to her mother 3 times. The first is when a tragic accident kills her mother's first husband, and her sister. Her mother was Anna of the Flying Avalons and one afternoon they were performing and out of nowhere a storm errupts. Lightning stikes the tent, killing Harry and burning Anna's hands. In the hospital, she meets her second husband, the narrator's father, becoming the second time her life belongs to her. The last is when a fire starts and the narrator is trapped in her room. Her mother uses her acrobatic skills to swing into the house and save her child. They jump out of the window.
That took some real courage on Anna's behalf. The child really couldn't help being held onto while her mother jumped. For you see, it was when Anna was falling at the accident in the circus that she could have died and that her first child did die. It took a lot of guts for her to use her acrobatics again to save her child. That just goes to show you what a mother will do for her kid.
We read this book in English 2 Honors last week and it was a cute short story. Basically, the whole book is one big flashback except fot the begining and some little sentences when she's saying that its one of the three times.

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