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Tobacco Wars is a novella about the meeting of two worlds. Set in the early 17th century, it follows the mythical and rollicking adventures of Pocahontas and playwright Ben Jonson - from the inns, alleyways and royal courts of London to pirates, perilous crossings and hostile warriors in the new world. And as worlds are turned upside down and irrevocably altered - a new co ...more
Paperback, 113 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Quattro Books (first published October 9th 2006)
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Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 7/13/11: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2011/...

Tobacco Wars is a novella that speaks on the historical issues caused by the tobacco boom in the 17th century. The novella is written with two major plot strands. The first tells the story of Bear Woman and other mythical creatures as they seek to hang onto their old ways of life in spite of the European influx. The second follows Pocahontas in a revisionist history of her life. Tobacco seems to be at the root of the
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Jennifer
This book was not what I thought it would be. I knew it was short, a novella, and I was fine with that. However, the story is actually two stories that kind of parallel one another. One story takes the Indian belief of the Bear as the Mother of the World. The Mother Bear gives birth and shape to the world, including the many languages that are spoken among it's people. We then find Bear in modern times in a big city, lamenting what the people have done to her world.

The other story is of Pocahon
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John
While Tobacco Wars is labelled a novella, a literary work this dense with symbol and allusion truly belongs in the poetry section. In the one hundred thirteen pages of Tobacco Wars, Paul Seesequasis takes us on a truly Rabelaisian journey through history and myth, reforming the biographies of Pocahontas, Ben Jonson and, indeed, the history of relations between Old World and New. Tobacco Wars strongly echoes and remakes, Gargantua and Pantagruel, Candide and even The Tempest by means of the force ...more
Caitlin
Clocking in at a slim 114 pages, this novella is a morsel, but a wonderfully chewy one. Mr. Seesequasis stays true to rules of true storytelling by weaving creatures of folk tale and legend with creatures we think of as historical who are just as much folk tale.

The past, the present, and the future elide across each other here, sweeping up, around, and over each other as the story continues. The earth is born, tobacco is brought to the New World, an Indian princess travels the seas to London whe
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Lisa
Alternative history prose poem featuring Pocahontas and a mythological creature called Bear Woman. Scatological imagery involving Bear Woman might turn some readers off, but there are beautiful passages to be found in this novella. Humorous bits too. I would read more by this writer.
Tasha
I wonder if it would be fair to call this a dick-waving book.
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Paul Seesequasis is a writer, journalist, editor, storyteller, broadcaster and arts policy advisor. He was the founding editor of the award-winning Aboriginal Voices magazine, recipient of the MacLean-Hunter journalist award and has been a journalist in Canada, Russia and Cuba. His short stories and feature writing has been published in numerous books or aired nationally and internationally.

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