- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: House of Anansi Press (1 Nov. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887846963
- ISBN-13: 978-0887846960
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,180,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative (Massey Lectures) Paperback – 1 Nov 2003
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About the Author
Thomas King is the author of Medicine River; Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water; and a collection of short stories, One Good Story, That One. In 2003, he was the first Native North American to deliver Canada's Prestigious Massey Lectures. The Truth About Stories won Canada's highest literary honor, the Trillium Award, in the same year. He is professor of English at the University of Guelph. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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King starts by contrasting two mythologies - one probably wholly unknown to you and one familiar. The first is the story of the Woman Who Fell From the Sky. Tumbling from the depths of space, "Charm" [for such is her name] arrives on a world completely covered in water. After several attempts, Charm convinces Otter to bring mud from the sea bottom so that there may be land for creatures to walk on. Not all wanted to be on the new land, so the animals divided the world into water creatures and land creatures with the birds able to cope with both. Thus the world was founded on a spirit of cooperation.
The other myth is called "Genesis", the Judeo-Christian version of similar events, but with a very different frame of reference. The humans are restricted by One Rule - break it and you will die. The Rule is broken, of course, and King is at pains to avoid pointing the finger of guilt. The point of this comparison is that the Judeo-Christian myth contains the absolute condition of the One Rule, and the vengeful deity that imposed it.Read more ›