The Truth About Stories

The Truth About Stories

A Native Narrative

Book - 2005
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"Stories are wondrous things. And they are dangerous." In The Truth About Stories, Native novelist and scholar Thomas King explores how stories shape who we are and how we understand and interact with other people. From creation stories to personal experiences, historical anecdotes to social injustices, racist propaganda to works of contemporary Native literature, King probes Native culture's deep ties to storytelling. With wry humor, King deftly weaves events from his own life as a child in California, an academic in Canada, and a Native North American with a wide-ranging discussion of stories told by and about Indians. So many stories have been told about Indians, King comments, that "there is no reason for the Indian to be real. The Indian simply has to exist in our imaginations." That imaginative Indian that North Americans hold dear has been challenged by Native writers - N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louis Owens, Robert Alexie, and others - who provide alternative narratives of the Native experience that question, create a present, and imagine a future. King reminds the reader, Native and non-Native, that storytelling carries with it social and moral responsibilties. "Don't say in the years to come that you would have lived your life differently if only you had heard this story. You've heard it now."
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9780816646265
Branch Call Number: 813.54 KING T
Characteristics: 172 pages ; 22 cm.


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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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