The Night Watchman: A Novel by Louise Erdrich

Erdrich, Louise

The Night Watchman: A Bestselling and Award-Winning Novel by Louise Erdrich

What made this novel of Louise Erdrich the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, for the year 2021? The book also leading as the bestseller of the New York Times and many other symbols of recognition. Louise Erdrich, the author of this popular fiction book has surely revealed the great skill of writing as he masterly unfolded the astonishing life of his grandfather who served as the “Night Watchman” at the jewel bearing plant in the vicinity of the rural area of North Dakota.

His grandfather, named Thomas Wazhashk was also a Chippewa Council member, a group of Algonquian-speaking bands who amalgamated as a tribe in the 1600s. The group was carefully watching the political development happening in Washington D.C., as the emancipation bill was ready to be tabled in the US Congress in the year 1953. They realized that the so-called liberty bill was not a wave of fresh air for the Native Americans but it was a hidden weapon to snatch the rights and land of the Red Indians. It surely was an effort to bulldoze the treaty established in good faith with the group of local peoples. Thomas Wazhashk raised his voice to convey the message all the way from North Dakota to Washington D.C. to protect the rights of his people.

The artistically crafted fictional world of Louise Erdrich has another high moral character of Patrice and other supporting characters like Wood Mountain, Juggie Blue, Valentine and Stack Barnes, etc. from rural North Dakota to Minneapolis. Struggle, love, justice, impoverishment, and exploitation all together constructed a powerful theme to inspire and conquered the mind of the reader.

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