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Love Medicine by Louis ErdrichLove Medicine by Louise Erdrich is a novel about relationships It is about families and lovers It is about love as the tie that binds The characters in the novel live throughout their lives experiencing different things with different people but it all comes back to love as the force that brings them together The story is set around a North Dakota Indian reservation over a span of fifty years It is the story of two families who lives intertwine because of different bonds of both love and hate The reader is introduced to the main character of the novel Marie Lazzare Kashpaw while she is still in her youth As a young Indian she goes to live up the hill at the Sacred Heart convent She is taken under the wing of the twisted Sister Leopolda who beats and abuses Satan out of her soul Yet Marie puts up with this abusive treatment Sister Leopolda explains her harshness to Marie as a difference between herself and the Devil He wants you That s the difference I give you love And Marie both does come to hate and love her This nun made her as strong as she was She gave her pride in herself pride to prove to Leopolda that the Devil was not within her and that she could succeed even as the wife of an Indian There are couplings in the novel that contained true love Many of these couplings were not marriages but they outlasted everything Nector Kashpaw is possibly the most pivotal character in that sense in the novel His love life entwines the lives of the two main characters of the novel Marie Kashpaw and Lulu Nanapush Lamartine In his youth Nector had promised to marry Lulu but then found himself in the arms of Marie He marries her instead and has children and a life with her Lulu goes from man to man having
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