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Trust a novelist and English professor to get to the heart of how stories and storytelling shape our perceptions. Oral stories, King asserts, are public, requiring interaction with an audience. Gathering oral stories into book form compromises the narratives; once set on the page, a story loses its context and voice. And written stories are usually private; no matter how many people read a particular book, each person reads that story as an individual. While King primarily considers narratives by and about Indians, his unusual treatise also includes coverage of a lengthy stay in New Zealand, identity politics, Native American history, and the experience of being the only middle-aged member of an amateur basketball team. Ultimately, King exhorts listeners to accept the responsibility of stories, writing, "Take it. It's yours. Do with it what you will. But 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." This is a wonderful study of the power of words. Rebecca Maksel
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...contemporary, necessary, urgent. And very, very funny. His is humour at its best, deadly serious, the ultimate defence against overwhelming odds. -- The Edmonton Journal
If you like Thomas King already, and you should, this is essential reading -- Anna Bowness, Broken Pencil
King is a master storyteller and master writer...I can only say your life will be different if you read these [stories]. -- Ellen Bielawski, The Edmonton Journal
King's ...Massey Lectures illustrate how native culture's deep ties to storytelling have much to teach others about human understanding -- Winnipeg Free Press
[King's speculations and observations] appear in a witty, engaging, thought-provoking, and discomfiting form. Required reading for all. -- Bill Robertson, Saskatoon Star Phoenix --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
This collection of his Massey Lectures is a must read for anyone who values storytelling . Whether you are a writer or a reader. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sheila Connolly
I never received this book, very disappointed. I would not recommend this seller as they are not reliable. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2011 by KWill