The Truth About Stories

The Truth About Stories

A Native Narrative

Book - 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.

Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, c2003.
ISBN: 9780887846960
Characteristics: 172 p. ; 21 cm.


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Dec 22, 2019

from white coat black art book club

Aug 31, 2019

Hoping to gain some insights into storytelling, only to run into yet another author who feels the compelling need to bash Christianity and blame it for all of society's ills.

Sep 25, 2018

I'm always left wanting more when I finish a Thomas King book. I find his books funny, poignant, illuminating, thought-provoking and a joy to read. I wish there were a hundred more by him.

This book has been added to my list of books that have changed the way I see the world profoundly. Mr. King tells stories from the distant past, the near past, and the future in such a way that it is hard to tell the difference between the settings. What I do with these stories is up to me, but I can never say I would have lived my life differently if I had heard his stories.

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