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A Short History of Indians in Canada: Stories

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  295 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews

Acclaimed author Thomas King is in fabulous, fantastical form in this bestselling short story collection. From the surreal migrations of the title story to the misadventures of Coyote in the modern world and the chaos of a baby's unexpected arrival by airmail, King's tales are deft, hilarious and provocative. A National Post and Quill & Quire bestseller, and an Amazon.

Hardcover, 232 pages
Published August 31st 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published August 18th 2005)
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May 31, 2013 Lotuslulu rated it it was amazing
Thomas King's collection of tongue-in-cheek short stories inspired by the lives of aboriginal peoples of Canada and the US are satirical, political,uncomfortable, and hard-to-ignore. King takes on the societal whitewashing of the world in unexpected ways. From stories of white men collecting "indians" and dressing them in buckskins, to flocks of "indians" flying into the sides of buildings because they are disoriented by the bright lights of the city, King is making biting commentary on the mode ...more
Dec 14, 2012 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant collection by Thomas King - my favourites are Coyote and the Enemy Aliens, Where the Borg Are and Another Great Moment in Canadian Indian History
B. Mason
Dec 01, 2015 B. Mason rated it liked it
Thomas King is an artful satirist and my favorite stories in this collection are the ones that cut to the quick of historical injustices like "The Baby in the Airmail Box" or "Where the Borg Are" in ways that are sharp, like really sharp, and unique. He points the finger by changing the narrative, if ever so slightly, like the adoption of racial minorities by whites, and forces you, the reader to conceptualize the absurdity of the past and our current situation. King's writing falls a bit flat w ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Carlie rated it really liked it
If you've read Thomas King's novels, you have to read his stories. His particular style lends itself so well to short fiction, and his stories cover a broad range of characters and settings from the magical to the strange to the poignant. This is an anthology I'll return to again and again.

My favourite story was Coyote and the Enemy Aliens.
Jan 29, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
this is so good. like most tom king books it keeps kicking you in the ass long after you have stopped reading it. brillant.
Mar 14, 2017 Mikelle rated it it was amazing
An exceptional collection of stories that speaks to the emotional impact of the historical (and ongoing) oppression of the original peoples and to the oppression of their land.

The stories are magnificent pieces of artwork and the emotions invoked in them echoed through to many social issues being faced today.

Feb 08, 2014 Pickyreaderinblack rated it it was amazing
These short stories of Mr. King's are, so far, darkly hilarious. I keep yelping with laughter as I read. Especially "Tidings of Comfort and Joy", which illustrates Indigenous peoples as "collectibles". He takes all the stereotypical perceptions of Indigenous peoples and writes a story with them ... which is creepy and funny at the same time. Same with "A Short History of Indians In Canada", where he illustrates homeless Indigenous like pigeons - brief flutterings of natural phenomena doing bizar ...more
Jun 10, 2015 MLD rated it did not like it
Couldn't get past the typos (chrevolet) and some grammatical errors. Didn't get his humour or the storyline. A short story novel on Canadian Indians, yet this could be stories about any human beings. Why Canadian? Why Indian?. Left me hanging wondering if I missed something... for each short story same thought, why am I reading this? Just couldn't endure anymore, not my style, not my kind of author.
Mai Zaitoon
Though I enjoy Thomas King's words. I found myself enjoying his nonfiction books more than the fiction. I understood the metaphor of his stories and it was kind of painful. But I dont know it isnt a book that I will remember later on. or maybe because I have read the inconvenient Indian before any of his books so everything is being compared to that book. Anyways King's satire way of writing about sensitive topics is always refreshing in a very odd way .
Jan 26, 2008 Liwana rated it really liked it
This is a book of short stories, which gives one time to reflect on the dry wit with which Thomas King delivers social commentary on "Indians in Canada". Another King winner -- although sometimes hard to take the harsh reality that his humour highlights.
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"A collection of twenty short stories told in Thomas King's classic, wry, irreverent, and allegorical voice." (From Amazon)

A great collection of stories. I really enjoy King's satirical voice.
Feb 28, 2012 Rick rated it it was amazing
I haven't enjoyed a book so much in a long time. King writes my kind of humor. I recommend his work to people who like to think about things, to those readers who don't mind being touched in the heart and who delight in being a little touched in the head.
Feb 16, 2009 GateGypsy rated it it was amazing
Thomas King's style and humour are wonderfully entertaining. I haven't read anything by him that I didn't like, so far. His short stories in this collection are at times heartbreaking and at times side-splitting. A great read!
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Jul 17, 2009 Gregbuller rated it really liked it
This book is hard to read. Thomas King makes no appology for his view of Canada and what happened to the Native People. It is a collection of short stories that are almost all deeply disturbing and funny at the same time.
May 29, 2014 Snehil rated it it was amazing
Now this is my kind of fictional story book. Each story is beautifully written and gives you something to think about. The book is funny, intelligent, gutsy and honest. I guess I will be reading more fictions esp by Thomas King.
Luce Cronin
Feb 28, 2016 Luce Cronin rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories is very typical of Thomas King; he makes you laugh, but then you realize you are laughing at some of life's very serious side. Recommended to anyone who loved "The truth about stories"
Mar 31, 2015 Sophia rated it liked it
Thomas King has this wonderful way of combining sadness, sarcasm and playfulness that keeps the reader coming back for more. I enjoyed nearly all the stories in this collection, my favourite being The Baby in the Airmail Box, which was brilliant. Where the Borg Are was a close second.
Tatianna Keyes
Mar 26, 2012 Tatianna Keyes rated it it was amazing
I read it over and over and over again. A great combination of humour, sarcasm and really really depressing topics. I can never get tired of reading anything Thomas King write.
Feb 22, 2015 KSE rated it it was amazing
Favourite short stories include: Baby in the Airmail Box, Little Bombs, Noah's Ark, Where the Borg Are, and Rendezvous.
Dec 20, 2010 Nicole rated it liked it
Some of the stories were hilarious, but others were a bit too bizarre.
Alexander Weber
Jul 12, 2015 Alexander Weber rated it really liked it
These stories are great. Reminded me of Vonnegut, for its simplicity, humor, and wit. Great for anyone interested in First Nation / Canada issues :)
Bethany Ebert
Mar 07, 2016 Bethany Ebert rated it it was amazing
Another book I read in the hospital. I pretty much laughed the entire time. It's that funny. My favorite chapter was the one about the dog. It was cute.
lori hoad
Mar 13, 2016 lori hoad rated it really liked it
loved it. what a great collection of short stories. easy to read but still each one of them drew me in. well developed characters and lots of humour. my favourite thomas king book to date.
Feb 26, 2011 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Tom King is hilarious and his satirical presentation of indigenous issues is highly entertaining while conscience pricking at the same time.
Teresa Mills-clark
Sep 27, 2016 Teresa Mills-clark rated it really liked it
Benjamin Kahn
Mar 04, 2016 Benjamin Kahn rated it liked it
An interesting collection of short stories. Lots of humour, some pathos, and throughout, a very bizarre worldview. I enjoyed it.
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Thomas King was born in 1943 in Sacramento, California and is of Cherokee, Greek and German descent. He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Utah in 1986. He is known for works in which he addresses the marginalization of American Indians, delineates "pan-Indian" concerns and histories, and attempts to abolish common stereotypes about Native Americans. He taught Native American Studies at the ...more
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