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The Truth About Stories Paperback – Nov. 1 2003
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Winner of the 2003 Trillium Book Award
"Stories are wondrous things," award-winning author and scholar Thomas King declares in his 2003 CBC Massey Lectures. "And they are dangerous."
Beginning with a traditional Native oral story, King weaves his way through literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture and social protest, gracefully elucidating North America's relationship with its Native peoples.
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, as King says, 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 wit, King illustrates that stories are the key to, and only hope for, human understanding. He compels us to listen well.
If you like Thomas King already, and you should, this is essential reading -- Anna Bowness, Broken Pencil
King is a master storyteller and master writer...I can only say your life will be different if you read these [stories]. -- Ellen Bielawski, The Edmonton Journal
King's ...Massey Lectures illustrate how native culture's deep ties to storytelling have much to teach others about human understanding -- Winnipeg Free Press
[King's speculations and observations] appear in a witty, engaging, thought-provoking, and discomfiting form. Required reading for all. -- Bill Robertson, Saskatoon Star Phoenix
From the Publisher
- Publisher : House of Anansi Press; 9th Printing edition (Nov. 1 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0887846963
- ISBN-13 : 978-0887846960
- Item weight : 208 g
- Dimensions : 20.07 x 1.52 x 12.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Great book to read, highly recommend! Gives you a whole new perspective on Natives in North America.
Listen to the CBC Massey Lectures after reading to hear the stories in the writers own voice, to compare what you thought on your own and what you think after hearing the stories from him.
A wonderful and necessary read in postcolonial discourse.