The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas KingThe Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King

The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative

byThomas King

Paperback | November 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.

Thomas King has written several highly acclaimed children's books. A Coyote Solstice Tale, illustrated by Gary Clement, won the American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book and A Coyote Columbus Story, illustrated by William Kent Monkman, was a Governor General's Award finalist.King, who is of Cherok...
Title:The Truth About Stories: A Native NarrativeFormat:PaperbackPublished:November 1, 2003Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887846963

ISBN - 13:9780887846960

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for any age a great read for anyone - like the book argues all we are is stories
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book Very moving, very insightful, very interesting
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing read The beauty of this book is that if you're interested in storytelling/aboriginal tradition it will be absolutely amazing and if you aren't and your simply looking for a good book it will be amazing too. I had the opportunity to attend a talk with Thomas King about writing and storytelling and he spent a great deal of time discussing this piece and all of the challenges he faced with it and in the end it simply doesn't show. #PlumReview
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely AMAZING! A Must Read! One of the greatest accomplishments in the book is that King is able to effectively and beautifully weave together different times, settings, people and stories with Native culture. He explores different “truths” and “stories” about Native peoples and brilliantly shows how these stories affect the perception others have of them. King covers a range of topics such as creation stories, family, self- and cultural-identity, the portrayal of Native peoples as entertainment and also their representation in media, and most importantly oral storytelling. The experience of reading this book is memorable in and of itself, but the ideas King presents are mind-blowing.
Date published: 2016-11-11
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