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The Back of the Turtle

by Thomas King

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | August 25, 2014 | Hardcover

The Back of the Turtle is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.

Winner of the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction!

This is Thomas King's first literary novel in 15 years and follows on the success of the award-winning and bestsellingThe Inconvenient Indianand his belovedGreen Grass, Running WaterandTruth and Bright Water, both of which continue to be taught in Canadian schools and universities.Green Grass, Running Wateris widely considered a contemporary Canadian classic.

InThe Back of the Turtle, Gabriel returns to Smoke River, the reserve where his mother grew up and to which she returned with Gabriel's sister. The reserve is deserted after an environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel's family, and the wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for Domidion, created GreenSweep, and indirectly led to the crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and to kill himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her, and soon is saving others. Who are these people with their long black hair and almond eyes who have fallen from the sky?

Filled with brilliant characters, trademark wit, wordplay and a thorough knowledge of native myth and story-telling, this novel is a masterpiece by one of our most important writers.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 528 pages, 9.25 × 6.38 × 1.5 in

Published: August 25, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443431621

ISBN - 13: 9781443431620

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Future The message I got from reading this is Thomas King has a talent for building complex characters with many layers to the plot mixes everything up and then brings a soothing end to his story. He is not clever and now I am a fan. This read is my second for King and now I must get the rest of his books.
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful novel I was very pleased to read this book. Thomas King has become a much more accomplished prose writer (up from just being very good). Insightful, thoughtful and moving. I loved it. It made a great Christmas present for my family members too. David
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shell game Thomas King has written another multi layered novel where what's going on is like a shell game. Just when you think you've figured it out he surprises you. This is social commentary that operates on many levels and entertains at the same time.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended I am so glad I did buy this book. I found that I loved Mr. King's sense of humour in "The Inconvenient Indian" and I discovered it again in this book. I would even read a paragraph VERY SERIOUSLY and then realize "hey, that was really funny" and read it again. I enjoyed every character and didn't want the book to end. The whole sad thing about the book is that it could very easily come true!
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed It It was a great story. I loved the quirky characters and the humour and the element of suspense.
Date published: 2014-10-22

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The Back of the Turtle

The Back of the Turtle

by Thomas King

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 528 pages, 9.25 × 6.38 × 1.5 in

Published: August 25, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443431621

ISBN - 13: 9781443431620

From the Publisher

Winner of the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction!

This is Thomas King's first literary novel in 15 years and follows on the success of the award-winning and bestsellingThe Inconvenient Indianand his belovedGreen Grass, Running WaterandTruth and Bright Water, both of which continue to be taught in Canadian schools and universities.Green Grass, Running Wateris widely considered a contemporary Canadian classic.

InThe Back of the Turtle, Gabriel returns to Smoke River, the reserve where his mother grew up and to which she returned with Gabriel's sister. The reserve is deserted after an environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel's family, and the wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for Domidion, created GreenSweep, and indirectly led to the crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and to kill himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her, and soon is saving others. Who are these people with their long black hair and almond eyes who have fallen from the sky?

Filled with brilliant characters, trademark wit, wordplay and a thorough knowledge of native myth and story-telling, this novel is a masterpiece by one of our most important writers.

About the Author

Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Cherokee and Greek descent. His acclaimed, bestselling fiction includesMedicine River;Truth and Bright Water;One Good Story,That One; andA Short History of Indians in Canada. In addition to its many award distinctions,Green Grass, Running Waterwas named toQuill & Quire's Best Canadian Fiction of the Century list. A member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of an award from the National Aboriginal Foundation, Thomas King is a professor of English at the University of Guelph, Ontario.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Short History of Indians in Canada, Winner of the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year and the Aboriginal Fiction Book of the Year:“King revels in a playful but provocative magic realism...he has long since developed a distinctive voice and vision… A master craftsman at work...In A Short History, we see King at work and at play in various narrative traditions: fable, tall tale, realistic story, magic-realist story. He ranges across these modes as well, mixing and matching the farcical, the irreverent and the political...Familiar and yet happily unpredictable.” —Ken McGoogan, The Globe and Mail“King’s stories of native life in Canada are funny and surreal, sharp-edged and darkly tinted.” —H.J. Kirchhoff, The Globe and Mail“Ultimately, A Short History of Indians in Canada can be read purely for its exuberance, storytelling and wit, but there's no reason for the reader to settle for charm and escapism when, with just a little digging, you can have so much more.” —Toronto Star“King’s readers are accustomed to getting hit by the unexpected, and this book is no exception.” —National Post“King [has a] consistent and charming voice [which] lends the volume unity.” —Quill & Quire“The great delight of Thomas King's Short History is that it seems to put into print, destined for a big audience, material you might hear when Canada's native elder intelligensia are joking around a campfire or coffee table.” —NOW Magazine“The tales [King] spins move modern Native storyte
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