Come, Thou Tortoise

Come, Thou Tortoise

Book - 2009
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A delightfully offbeat story that features an opinionated tortoise and an IQ-challenged narrator who find themselves in the middle of a life-changing mystery.

Audrey (a.k.a. Oddly) Flowers is living quietly in Oregon with Winnifred, her tortoise, when she finds out her dear father has been knocked into a coma back in Newfoundland. Despite her fear of flying, she goes to him, but not before she reluctantly dumps Winnifred with her unreliable friends. Poor Winnifred.

When Audrey disarms an Air Marshal en route to St. John's we begin to realize there's something, well, odd about her. And we soon know that Audrey's quest to discover who her father really was -- and reunite with Winnifred -- will be an adventure like no other.

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Winnifred is old. She might be three hundred. She came with the apartment. The previous tenant, a rock climber named Cliff, was embarking on a rock-climbing adventure that would not have been much fun for Winnifred. Back then her name was Iris. Cliff had inherited Iris from the previous tenant. Nobody knew how old Iris was or where she had come from originally. Now Cliff was moving out. He said, Would you like a tortoise.

I would not say no to a tortoise, I said.

I was alone in Portland and the trees were giant. I picked her up and she blinked at me with her upside-down eyelids. I felt instantly calm. Her eyes were soft brown. Her skin felt like an old elbow. I will build you a castle, I whispered. With a pool. And I was true to my word.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, c2009
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780307397546
0307397548
Branch Call Number: FIC Grant 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 412 p. :,ill

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vancouverville
Nov 02, 2016

Funny. A refreshing read.

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LexiLou2
May 30, 2016

One of the best books I have ever read. I am speechless - it was pure ecstasy reading this novel. Wow.

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irock
Jun 19, 2014

how do you read books?

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Einekatze11
Nov 26, 2013

Absolutely wonderful! It's the most creative, mysterious, original, interesting, touching, and humorous book I have read in YEARS. And by a Canadian author to boot!

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tmcki
Jul 24, 2013

Could not have loved this book more!! I love the characters and the story. Can't wait for more books from this author.

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Catherine41
Mar 18, 2013

This is such a great book. I loved all the characters, especially Audrey. I will probably re-read it as well.

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spacecat
Jan 21, 2013

I am not a lover of fiction, for the most part, but I loved this book. Funny, interesting, and full of surprises. Charming characters; I fell in love with the lot of them.

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Taro67
Jun 19, 2012

This is heartwarming, delightful read. The characters were all lovable. I loved the twists and turns of the plot. A book that leaves you with a sense of wonder about love and life.

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carol554
Jun 16, 2012

a charming, whimsical, book. I will probably re-read this one

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LeighW
Feb 11, 2012

This is my favourite ever book. EVER. I read a lot and generally only read stuff I like. This book is a perfect representative of the recent literary swing away from irony and towards sincerity as narrative values.
I also like some Stewart O'Nan and Nick Hornby, which I would loosely classify with Tortoise.

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orangexflamingo
Aug 11, 2015

Listen, don't bother getting on that plane tomorrow or the next day or whenever. I don't care if you come here. Neither does my dad. You and your homemade arm can stay where you are. I've got a revolver. I might shoot you if you come here

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orangexflamingo
Aug 10, 2015

A fellow passenger joins me at the terminal window. Hey,I tell her. Our Pilots just kissed.
No response.
I'm thinking that kiss bodes well for our safey

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orangexflamingo
Aug 10, 2015

Oh, I had forgotten toonies. They are so lovely. I turn it over and over. Will they ever make a three-toned coin. or a four-toned. I eagerly await more complex concentricity in our Canadian coinage

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orangexflamingo
Aug 10, 2015

"Which is when I leaned forward and threw up in the Aim Your Vomit Here Bag"

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orangexflamingo
Aug 10, 2015

I scan the jungle for someone to feel curious about. No one. No one. I look up at the waterfall. Hey, did I just see a goldfish jump over the waterfall!

OrangevillePL_Staff Nov 14, 2011

Winnifred is old. She might be three hundred. She came with the apartment. The previous tenant, a rock climber named Cliff, was embarking on a rock-climbing adventure that would not have been much fun for Winnifred. Back then her name was Iris. Cliff had inherited Iris from the previous tenant. Nobody knew how old Iris was or where she had come from originally. Now Cliff was moving out. He said, Would you like a tortoise. I would not say no to a tortoise, I said. I was alone in Portland and the trees were giant. I picked her up and she blinked at me with her upside-down eyelids. I felt instantly calm. Her eyes were soft brown. Her skin felt like an old elbow. I will build you a castle, I whispered. With a pool. And I was true to my word. -- From the hardcover edition.

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spacecat
Jan 21, 2013

spacecat thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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