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People of the Whale: A Novel de Linda Hogan
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People of the Whale: A Novel (edição: 2009)

de Linda Hogan (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
Membro:Bibliofemmes
Título:People of the Whale: A Novel
Autores:Linda Hogan (Autor)
Informação:W. W. Norton & Company (2009), Edition: Reprint, 312 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:Native Americans, women, spiritualism, coastal tribes, Vietnam War, soldiers, heroism, community, ancestry

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People of the Whale: A Novel de Linda Hogan

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I liked this book, and true to Linda Hogan's other books, the imagery is amazing. The story started off really strong and I loved the fantastical embedded in Native American folklore. However, it soon jumped to Vietnam and back with a good storyline, but not as strong as where we'd started. I still wanted to learn more about Ruth being born with gills and what happened to Thomas, if even in the "other world". Most of the pieces wrapped up in the end, but with less energy and vividness than I'd hoped. I think this was a very personal story to the author but maybe the whales and the war were two different stories. This certainly won't stop me from reading all of her other books though... ( )
  amillion | May 7, 2018 |
As a group we loved the fluidity of the writing and language, the lullaby sense of ebb and flow. Hogan examines the themes of heroism, community and spirituality through the eyes of gender. The male meaning and seeking of and the female reality. The character of Thomas is open to the reader's own interpretations, but Ruth and the women are well drawn and defined. The bridges and disconnects between Native Americans and being Americans; cultural divides while honoring the past and living in the present. ( )
  Bibliofemmes | Oct 22, 2017 |
This is one of those books I'm going to re-read. It's just so RICH. The writing is astounding, and the story is compelling. Such wisdom and healing - wide and deep as the sea, and the whales and the people who live in profound harmony with their environment.

A couple of quotes: "

“He wakes up and he is not a halfhearted man and he can’t remember why he wakes this way, except that he hears the sound of birds and it is as if behind the human world something else is taking place. "

and:

“Like the water, the earth, the universe, a story is forever unfolding. It floods and erupts. It births new worlds. It is circular as our planet and fluid as the words of the first people who came out from the ocean or out of the cave or down from the sky. Or those who came from a garden where rivers meet and whose god was a tempter to their fall, planning it into their creation along with all the rest.”

Marvelous. Hogan is a literary priestess. ( )
  Laurenbdavis | Jul 21, 2017 |
Just a gorgeous, gorgeous read. Hogan's writing is so flowing--it washes over you in waves and sort of just settles there. It might take a second to get used to, but it's so worth it. The story is brutal and there's a moment at the end where you're like "UM EXCUSE ME?" (or at least I was) in a narrative way, but it was just all so good and I did not leave the book feeling betrayed at all. It was just... healing, in a lot of ways? Like even though it's a book that's about grappling with traumas of all kinds, it's also a book about healing and that sense just permeates the entire text even when terrible things are happening to the characters. A beautiful book, seriously. ( )
  aijmiller | May 18, 2017 |
Beautiful, lyrical sentences with almost a dreamlike feel. Compares and contrasts the suffering of Native Americans with that of the people of Vietnam during the unjust war in the 60s and 70s. ( )
  Marzia22 | Apr 3, 2013 |
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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.

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