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People of the Whale by Linda Hogan
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May 22, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, 50books_poc2011, indian_country, spirit, sustainability, vietnam
Read in May, 2011

Hogan's prose is unbelievably lush - there is such compassion and beauty to this book, even when Hogan turns her attention to the ugliness of humanity; war, loss, grief, murder, colonialism, PTSD. Multiple worlds exist in these pages - Dark River, self-sufficient, wonderfully contained, bordered by ocean and forest, brushing up against the spirit world; Saigon, a half-world away, rich with the scent of flowers even amid poverty, confusion, silences, the memory of war. The larger world isn't absent, but at times it falls away, since the business of the world isn't always most important to the characters. Time circles and dips; distances grow and the narrow again; relationships flounder, are rebuilt, and flounder again. There is a wonderful wholeness to the story, a sense of what is, what can be, and I lack the talent or words to express it nearly as well as Hogan does. Highly recommended.
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