The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King (74)

Stories are such wonderful things!  They can transport us into places and times that we never expected without never leaving our homes. This is what makes reading so great!

This is a unique book.  When I saw at the Stratford Public Library, I was enthralled!  I knew right away that I wanted to read it and reflect on its message.

The author begins with a traditional Native oral story and weaves his way through literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture and social protest, gracefully elucidating North America’s relationship with its Native people.

Native culture has deep ties to storytelling, and yet no other North American culture has been the subject of more erroneous stories. The Indian of fact bears little resemblance to the literary Indian, the dying Indian, the construct so powerfully and often destructively projected by White North America.

With keen perception and witt, King illustrates that stories are the key to, and only hope for, human understanding. He compels us to listen well to the stories told reflectively and critically.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

 

 

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About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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