Born With A Tooth

Born With A Tooth

Book - 2008
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Almost a decade after its original publication, award winner and Governor General Literary Award nominee Joseph Boyden’s classic book of short stories is finally being reissued. Born With A Tooth, Boyden’s debut work of fiction, is a collection of thirteen beautifully written stories about aboriginal life in Ontario. They are stories of love, unexpected triumph, and a passionate belief in dreams. They are also stories of anger and longing, of struggling to adapt, of searching but remaining unfulfilled. The collection includes “Bearwalker,” a story that introduces a character who appears again in Boyden’s novel Three Day Road. By taking on a new voice in each story, Joseph Boyden explores aboriginal stereotypes and traditions in a most unexpected way. Whether told by a woman trying to forget her past or by a drunken man trying to preserve his culture, each story paints an unforgettable and varied image of modern aboriginal culture in Ontario. An extraordinary first book, Born With A Tooth reveals why Joseph Boyden is a writer worth reading.
Publisher: Toronto : Cormorant Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9781897151341
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 22 cm.


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DaveOakBay Sep 28, 2014

Loved it. Boyden is a great storyteller who write convincingly as one who has lived with real characters like those he's created for these short pieces. There's a sense of harsh reality with no blame or judgement added. I appreciate his perspective on native culture and his incredible talent for showing the very human qualities of even those brought to desperate places none should ever have to visit.

brianreynolds Jan 28, 2012

It's easy to overdose on a collection of short stories, and it's hard to fairly judge one as a "book" when its form intends not to be greater than the sum of its parts. Its parts, in fact, ought to be wholes (although the final four tales overlap quite nicely) and should only be approached as such.

A few of the stories fairly glowed with a magic realism that many Ininew would no doubt appreciate but few if any would admit to experiencing today. Others portray a degradation that is hardly balanced or representative. That is not to suggest, Boyden disrespects the people of James Bay; he obviously identifies with and cares deeply about them.

Most of the stories are well told and interesting, a few may be brilliant. Others were disappointing.

Dec 17, 2010

"Born With A Tooth" one of Joseph Boyden's first published books. It is a compilation of short stories about the lives of native people in northern communities (James Bay area). It is very well written, funny and sad at the same time. I recommend it.

Apr 28, 2010

I have never been a fan of short stories but I love this author so I thought I would give it a try. I still don't care for short stories but the author didn't let me down.. Some of the stories in this collection were wonderful and some just didn't interest me at all but they were all written with the same unique Joseph Boyden style that I enjoy reading. If you enjoy reading about very Canadian concepts and places (specifically Ontario) or if you loved the style of this author's previous two books, then you should invest some time in this collection. (

Sep 24, 2009

Great short stories about northern Ontario and it's people. He uses some of the same characters from his other books.

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