By Thomas King
A flock of Indians has simply flown smack into the facet of a BayStreet skyscraper. back. It’s as much as invoice and Rudy to tag the dwell ones, nursethem to well-being on the take care of and free up them again into the wild.
Thomas King is again in fantastic, fantastical shape during this latestcollection of brief tales, a few new, a few formerly released. Compiled in acomic travel de strength, all the decisions in a brief historical past ofIndians in Canada are showcases for King’s entirely unique model ofimagination and wit. In 20 stories, King pokes a pointy stick into the gears of thenative myth-making desktop, slyly exposing the uncooked underbelly of either historicaland modern native-white relationships. throughout the laughter, those storiesshimmer brightly with the common truths that unite us.
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A Short History of Indians in Canada by Thomas King