The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative

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The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative

by Thomas King

House Of Anansi Press Inc | November 1, 2003 | Trade Paperback

The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: November 1, 2003

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887846963

ISBN - 13: 9780887846960

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! The Truth about Stories is a brilliant collection of lectures presented by Thomas King. Although this particular presentation has been done on the page, King still managed to maintain many of the qualities of an oral presentation. Drawing upon the strengths of storytelling, King succeeded in presenting material which is wholly relevant and very informative in a manner which is entirely accessible to the reader. Perhaps King’s greatest strength is his ability to tell the truth in a way that does not offend, rather engages the reader and encourages meaningful discussion. The book is a tremendous feat in every way; however, what I found most impressive was the way in which it challenged and changed my thinking about Aboriginal people in Canada. Furthermore, the information presented inspired me to learn more about Canadian and Aboriginal history in the hopes of better understanding the challenges faced by the today’s Aboriginal people.
Date published: 2008-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Hidden Gem With King's beautiful writing style, it was very hard to realize that this text was packed with an overwhelming amount of information regarding Aboriginal history. Thomas King elegantly incorporates several fables throughout the text to relate to the prominent issues he has with the treatmet of Aboriginals in Canada. I could not put this book down.
Date published: 2006-07-06

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The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative

by Thomas King

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: November 1, 2003

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887846963

ISBN - 13: 9780887846960

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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.

About the Author

Thomas King is Professor of English at the University of Guelph, teaching Native Literature and Creative Writing. He has been nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Thomas King's father was Cherokee, his mother is Greek, and he is the first CBC Massey Lecturer of Native descent; his 2003 CBC Massey Lectures, The Truth About Stories, won the Trillium Book Award, and his book A Coyote Solstice Tale won the American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book.
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