Book Reviews: Non-Fiction

The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King

The Truth about Stories is a brilliant collection of lectures presented by Thomas King. Although this particular presentation has been done on the page, King still managed to maintain many of the qualities of an oral presentation. Drawing upon the strengths of storytelling, King succeeded in presenting material which is wholly relevant and very informative in a manner which is entirely accessible to the reader. Perhaps King’s greatest strength is his ability to tell the truth in a way that does not offend, rather engages the reader and encourages meaningful discussion.

The book is a tremendous feat in every way; however, what I found most impressive was the way in which it challenged and changed my thinking about Aboriginal people in Canada. Furthermore, the information presented inspired me to learn more about Canadian and Aboriginal history in the hopes of better understanding the challenges faced by the today’s Aboriginal people.

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