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Waar zijt gij, schildpad

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,996 ratings  ·  313 reviews
Finalist van de CLA Young Adult Book Award, winnaar van de Amazon Books in Canada First Novel Award en genomineerd voor de Evergreen Award.
Ga er nooit van uit dat een schildpad dood is. Het houden van schildpadden, regel numero één.
Audrey Flowers is anders. Noem het naïef. Eigenaardig. Of simpelweg: een laag IQ. Haar rustige leventje staat op z'n kop als haar vader na een
413 pages
Published May 2010 by Mistral (first published March 10th 2009)
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3 ½ stars

I would not say no to “Did you like this book?” but I would have to add that I wanted to like it more. I would not say no to… is an oft-repeated line throughout this 400+ page debut novel by Jessica Grant. Having said that, there is much to like about Come, Thou Tortoise: it is unique; at times more-than-amusing; and it is definitely a light-hearted read.

Audrey Flowers, the primary narrator of the story, is affectionately – and appropriately – referred to as Oddly by her father Walter
I really, really loved and enjoyed this book. What a delightful, adorable read with wonderful characters be they human, tortoise or mouse! I was hooked right from the start and fell in love with Audrey (Oddly) Flowers and her father Walter and Uncle Thoby. I especially loved the author's unique writing style. A poignant story full of humour and wit that I found hard to put down. I got this from the library but I would not say no to owning this book and reading it again and again. ;)
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This book became one of my favourites of 2010, and if there's one book I would recommend to you right now, it would be this one. Quirky, clever, hilarious, original, poignant, touching, flat-out brilliant all comes to mind in describing Come, Thou Tortoise. It was a random purchase for me, bought on a whim - I didn't know anything about it but I've always loved tortoises and it sounded interesting. Only goes to show how spontaneous book buying, with no research, can reap great rewards!

Such a bri
Honestly, I don't know if I have the words to do this novel justice. As I said a few short weeks ago, I bought this book because I just couldn't resist. Essentially, it just sidled up to me and said, "Take me home with you." So, I did.

My partner, who was with me when I bought the book, asked me what it was that I found so appealing and I couldn't explain other than to say, I just know I'll like it. He was skeptical. I guess it doesn't look like other books I just *had* to buy. Nor is it by an au
I love this book! The narrators (Audrey and Winnifred) are hilarious, sweet, and real. They fear things that I fear, but more importantly, they rejoice in things I love - word play and puns :)

Although the subject matter is actually quite dark (all the more realistic for the majority of us), this book is full of mirth and had me laughing out loud in bed. Audrey's trials, though sometimes heart-wrenching, often end up with hilarious results. The case of the missing mouse (cheeky souris) and the ne
this is one odd little book.
and i mean that as a compliment.

i love that she loves corkscrews because they embrace the essence of both a ballerina and a weapon. think about it.

i love that she smells soap and runs to buy fudge.

i love that she knows snowflakes are prisms, and that she has a snowshovel that makes imprints of a flower with every load of snow she heaves from the sidewalk to the bank.

i love that the tortise gets a voice. i am slightly disconcerned that i relate more to the tortise's
Non ricordo come sono arrivata a questo romanzo (ormai è una costante) ma sono molto contenta di averlo letto. Come Thou, Tortoise è una storia un po' atipica, e inizialmente, come per We are family non ero riuscita a farmi prendere (non ha aiutato il fatto di perdermi ogni tanto fra gli innumerevoli giochi di parole...) ma il parallelo è continuato, infatti la protagonista Audrey (Oddly) Flowers e la sua testuggine Winnifred mi sono piaciute sempre di più. Il confronto con We are family non è c ...more
Ariel Gordon
The opening pages of Newfoundlander Jessica Grant's promising debut novel are disarming. Literally.

Audrey (aka Oddly) Flowers, terrified of flying to begin with, disarms an air marshal on a flight from her adopted Oregon back to her hometown of St. John's. She is going home because her beloved father has been bashed with a Christmas tree and is in a coma.

Next we learn that Audrey has left Winnifred, the titular tortoise that she inherited from an ex-boyfriend, back in Oregon.

But the distance bet
Kirsten McKeown
"It is surprisingly easy to lose your front tooth." For those of you who know me, you understand that I could not agree more. Then when the author followed up that line with, "He said the reason it was important to read was so I'd get all the jokes out there in the world," she had my undivided attention.

This book isn't easily summarized (happily)--so you really should just pick it up and start in--and then thank yourself for enjoying a true original. I love that this book enjoys playing around w
PUB. DATE: February 2010

GENRE: Literary Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Audrey grew up in St. John's Newfoundland but a brief romance led her to Portland, Oregon, where she is living when she finds out that her father has had a coma. She returns home in a hurry only to find out that her father has already died. She and her uncle, who has lived with her and her father since she was young, grieve the loss and try to put their lives back together. Also, Audrey inadvertently investigates an old family mystery.
When I first bought this I actually really bought it cuz it was on sale and it had a turtle on the cover, but the book ended up being alot more complicated and deep then it looks! This book was told in more tan one perspective. Firstly it was told in the perspective of Audrey Flowers. However there were a few chapters where her pet turtle had some insight. Despite how funny that sounds and all the humour thrown in the book you can go from laughing to having a tear in your eye. Audrey herself is ...more
Jennifer D
i am not really sure how i feel about this story, or rather, how to review this novel - i am still digesting the read. it starts out quite quirky and light...but this is a very layered and nuanced story which has quite a serious heart. i was impressed by the book, and the fact this is grant's debut novel - wonderful accomplishment. i am also a sucker for newfoundland literature! (yay!) i greatly enjoyed the characters, and particularly fell in love with winnifred - the co-narrating tortoise. but ...more
Dana Larose
Dec 01, 2009 Dana Larose rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jandalf
It was really good! Very sweet, and the main character is endearing. I'm glad I was slow on the uptake and figured out the mystery only a few pages before Audrey did.

My only small, teeny-tiny complaint is a bit of an affectation in the writing style where she never uses question marks to indicate questions. She also doesn't use quotations for when people are speaking, but I think I've seen this in other "modern" writers. I dimly recall Miriam Toews doing the same thing in The Flying Troutmans.

Janet Berkman
One of the highlights of my summer reading so far, this book recounts the experiences of a young woman, Audrey, called back from the west coast (US) to Newfoundland when her father falls into a coma. She has to leave her tortoise, Winnifred, with friends and good chunks of the book revolve around her checking in with her friends about the tortoise, and her longing to be reunited with Winnifred. The remainder of the book involves Audrey's discoveries about her family in some very humorous ways.

Jun 15, 2010 rabbitprincess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of wordplay and those who like charming first-person narrators
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: Neil Smith
A very lovable book with an endearing protagonist. We join Audrey (Oddly) Flowers as she flies from Portland, Oregon, to her hometown of St. John's, Newfoundland, where her dear old dad is in a coma, and her life is about to change. The book is spent mostly with Audrey as she tries to come to grips with her new life and delves through her memories of the past. There are also interludes spoken by Winnifred, Audrey's tortoise, who has been left behind in Portland with friends of Audrey's.

Even thou
I was completely charmed by the writing. The story of Oddly (Audrey) Flowers is crafted as well as I imagine one can do it. Jessica Grant knows how to entertain. How to tease. She knows that a function of humour (I actually laughed out loud) is to pave the way for pathos. She understands that without making her readers fall in love with her characters (if only I were 40 years younger), the story becomes inevitably mundane. She knits her plot like it was a game of Clue seemingly random, haphazard ...more
I'm in love with this book. It was so unique and such a good story. I've read some reviews where they felt that Audrey's narration was annoying...but I thought it was great. I felt that I really knew the character through the quirky narration. It seemed to me that her quirkyness might have evolved out of some learning disability she has, but I loved the play on words and this kind of secret language that she had with her father and Uncle Thoby. I loved how the two of them encouraged Audrey's way ...more
Nov 29, 2010 Lana. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lana. by: CBC Canada Reads 2011 Shortlist
I also wouldn't say no to a tortoise. You probably would have difficulty refusing too when that tortoise is the sassy, intelligent, and powerful Winnifred.

Forced to live with a struggling thespian, Winnifred recounts better days, the ones spent travelling as a dashboard tortoise across the USA and living with current owner (tenant), Audrey Flowers. She was hastily dropped off when Audrey was called to return home (St. John's): Her father was in a coma.

Dealing with heartbreak and not quite fitt
Dana bought me this book as a gift when he came to Toronto. I got so excited when I saw it on my night table because Dana has awesome taste in books. And CDs. I should buy him a book one of these days. Yes.

Anyway, this book completely endearing, as Dana said, and I'm glad I didn't figure out the ending before it happened. As I read it, I would inadvertently start thinking in jerky, awkward, discrete movements like Audrey does which was...interesting and had me blinking a lot. I'm happy she kept
Neil Gilbert
I am giving this book 4.25 stars out of 5 and rounding up. I thoroughly enjoyed the snappy, word warping dialogue told from the point of view of a person and a tortoise. The story and main character was like a semi-androgynous, ageless, Canadian version of Oscar Schell in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. There was a lot of nice themes to consider throughout the book like air travel, bottomless ponds, affinity with nine volt batteries, and mice. I didn't feel like the mystery unraveled at the ...more
Elizabeth Fowler
A wonderful read. I was engaged, from the start, by the characters - both real and imagined. Well, some more imagined than others I suppose. I found Jessica Grant's writing came from an interesting place usually left to the subconscious. She is aware of the minute details of the passage of time and the wild threads that play through our minds most often unchecked. These thoughts decorate the halls of our mind and impact our views, yet it takes sensitivity to look and see them. Idiosycracies, co ...more
I knew I had to read this book when I read the front flap:

Here's a bit of information about our heroine, Audrey Flowers, which may come in handy while reading this book:
- she applies the rules of the board game Clue to help her with many of life's quandries
- she's terminally afraid of flying
- she finds comfort in making lists, lots and lots of lists
- her tortoise, Winnifred, often ponders Shakespearean speeches and the nature of exponents

Set mostly in St. John's, Newfoundland, where Audrey retur
This charming Canadian novel has won deserved accolades. It's a brilliantly written story of an odd young woman, possibly with Asperger's syndrome, whose doting scientist father in their native Newfoundland dies, throwing her world into turmoil but ultimately bringing it together. Quirky is an understatement. However, there's a big elephant in the room in this book: the protagonist's mother is missing and, in fact, unaccounted for as if she never existed. If the author wished to construct an alt ...more
I absolutely LOVED the quirky characters and how the author was able to put us into Oddly's brain and Winnifred's aka Iris but I think I missed something because I don't understand why Uncle Thoby went back to England and how Audrey got by in life barely able to read. Also I have a renewed interest in the Clue Boardgame. When did the maid get so sexy?
I wondered also what happened to the mother and if Uncle Thoby and Audrey's dad were really brothers. In the beginning i thought they were twins o
Jessica Grant’s debut novel is the best thing I’ve read this year. It’s about love, loss, family and home – without mush or predictability. Her writing is truly original – humour abounds, yet it’s poignant without being sentimental. Everything I look for in a book is here – interesting characters, surprising revelations, poetic wordplay. And funny, funny, funny. If you don’t like this book I don’t want to know you.
Jessalyn King
Loved it. Loved both of their thought patterns. What I recommend when I need to recommend a grown-up fiction book. Enjoyed the style.
I loved this book. Told from the point of view of a young woman named Audrey Flowers (nicknamed Oddly) and her pet tortoise Winnifred (formerly known as Iris), both of whom view the world from a unique perspective. Audrey is flying home to St. John’s, Nfld because her father has died. She is deathly afraid of flying, but demonstrates her courage when she manages to disarm a “terrorist” and lock herself in the bathroom with his gun, thus saving the entire crew and passengers from disaster! Howeve ...more
There is a video I saw of Jessica Grant speaking of this book, and she says something to the effect of - the mysteries that the narrator (and main character, Audrey) is preoccupied with and trying to solve through the book are different than the ones the reader will be preoccupied with - and that, for me, sums up the beauty of this book.

First, the prose is fantastic in a way that makes you smile as you're reading, without realizing you're smiling. The wordplay and inside jokes and random referen
I really enjoyed this. The narrative style takes a little getting used to. There was far less tortoise than I was expecting. And I don't know if it's quite five stars, but it's definitely higher than four, and it just made me happy, so five.

This book kind of defies description. I don't know how to describe it. I do know that it felt very Canadian, and very charming, and kind of sad, and real (in spite of the fact that about a quarter of the chapters are narrated by a tortoise). I just, all of th
The strangeness of your story put
Heaviness in me.
Shake it off. Come on;
We'll visit Caliban my slave, who never
Yields us kind answer.
'Tis a villain, sir,
I do not love to look on.
But, as 'tis,
We cannot miss him: he does make our fire,
Fetch in our wood and serves in offices
That profit us. What, ho! slave! Caliban!
Thou earth, thou! speak.
[Within] There's wood enough within.
Come forth, I say! there's other business for thee:
Come, thou tortoise! when?

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Jessica Grant is a Canadian writer, whose debut novel Come, Thou Tortoise won the 2009 Winterset Award and the 2009 Books in Canada First Novel Award.

She lives in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Jessica Grant is a member of Newfoundland's Burning Rock Collective (members include Michael Winter and Lisa Moore). Her first collection of short stories, Making Light of Tragedy, includes a story t
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