People of the Whale

People of the Whale

Book - 2008
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Raised in a remote seaside village, Thomas Witka Just marries Ruth, his beloved since infancy. But an ill-fated decision to fight in Vietnam changes his life forever: cut off from his Native American community, he fathers a child with another woman. When he returns home a hero, he finds his tribe in conflict over the decision to hunt a whale, both a symbol of spirituality and rebirth and a means of survival. In the end, he reconciles his two existences, only to see tragedy befall the son he left behind.Linda Hogan, called our most provocative Native American writer, with "her unparalleled gifts for truth and magic" (Barbara Kingsolver), has written a compassionate novel about the beauty of the natural world and the painful moral choices humans make in it. With a keen sense of the environment, spirituality, and the trauma of war, People of the Whale is a powerful novel for our times.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2008
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780393064575
Branch Call Number: FIC Hogan 6939
Characteristics: 303 p


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Aug 18, 2016

A fine, slowly paced work of fiction. The author skillfully interweaves the complex life of a Vietnam veteran with his tribal identity as a Native American. Within this narrative is also a story about his adopted family
while in Vietnam. A novel of coming home, of poignance,
of loss and learning to love again. Spiritual truth, too,
from a Native American tradition that seeks to recover itself in some of the related characters. Beautiful book.

Feb 26, 2010

So well written with a capturing plot! I felt the most sympathy and admiration for Lin, and she was definitely my favourite character, although not a major one.

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