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Winter in the Blood by James Welch Winter in the bloodstream, a Native American book written by James Welch, takes place on a cattle ranch in Montana, around 1970. On the outside, this is really a story of a Blackfoot Indian sleepwalking through his life, tormented by dreams, in search of a link to his legacy. Welch's speech is, simultaneously, dull and poetic, and the pictures that it conjures are dreamlike and disquieting. Moreover, the narrator of the book is due to the loss of his brother, Mose, and his own dad, First Raise ? Both most precious people in his life. After struggling with guilt, regret, and alcoholism, the narrator defeats these down drops through re-identifying with himself and his culture? Specifically through the aid of his grandfather, Yellow Calf. From the opening line of this book, the narrator gives a vivid outline of the his decaying surroundings: 'In the tall weeds of the borrow pit, so I took a flow and watched the sorrel mare, her colt together with her, walk through burnt grass into the shady side of this long-and-mud cabin... The roof had fallen in along with the sand between the logs had fallen out in chunks, leaving a bare gray skeleton, dwelling just to mice and insects. Tumbleweeds, primitive as bone, clad in a hot wind against the west wall (1).' ; Welch opens the story with this particular line to show a connection between the narrator's feelings of worthlessness and the worthlessness of the surroundings. In addition, the writer melodically begins the book in a somber manner ? Therefore the reader may immediately adjust to the tone encompassing the story. The narrator continues with describing his resentment towards his house life, 'Coming home was not easy anymore. It was never a cinch, but it was an torture (two).' ; This excerpt provides the reader with the awareness of the regret that the protagonist feels at the beginning of the publication and throughout the first halfof the Additional narration comprises the protagonists feelings of distance from the property and blame that he puts upon himself, 'However, the space I believed came not from people or country; it came from within me (two).' ; Hence, since the reader, we see that the narrator has eliminated himself in the territory and his culture. On the narrator's trip to locate his girlfriend, '' Welch clearly demonstrates that the overabundant use of alco...