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The Beet Queen was a very interesting and challenging book to read The book consists of four parts with sixteen total chapters Each part is broken at significant breaks or lapses of time in the book The chapters are separated a little differently however Each chapter has a different character narrating the events of the book in a first person form Then all of the chapters are followed by an omnisent third person narrating a new break in the book All of these chapters and parts continue in a syntagmatic relationship according to Bonnycastle While the breaks of the characters narrating the book changes the order of events follows a strict timeline Bonnycastle states that The adjective syntagmatic comes from the Greek words meaning to put together in the right ordersometimes the grouping is spread out in a linear way like a chain While Bonnycastle refers to the syntagmatic relationship to sentence structure and paragraph format it is possible to evaluate this principle of his writing to the entire book of The Beet Queen Louise Erdrich has a great sense of pace and vision for this book Unfortunately this book is second I believe its second I could be wrong book in a series of three books All of these books contain the same characters but build upon the issues and stories that these characters bring forth Each book is able to stand on its own however creating a great read for those less ambitious than others Erdrich did not provide much background information on Adelaide Mary and Karls mother It would have helped me in understanding her motives behind her actions and provided a greater insight into her mindset to have more information The readers have no idea what events built up to her leaving her children at the fair Page 13 states By the time I dared look into the sky The Great Omar was flying steadily away from the fairgrounds with my
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