Saturday, February 20, 2010

Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, reviewed by Jennifer Mook-Sang

Green Grass, Running Water is a most excellent read. It's a funny, subversive book about Indians, Christians, and politics. I loved the crazy, mystical plot; the everyday interspersed with the magical. The title means "forever" and implies that everything changes, yet stays the same.

The story is told, and told again by four ancient Indians. The story (a story we all know) is always the same, but each time it becomes twisted in a ridiculously logical way that explains so much about who we are and where we came from. Green Grass, Running Water reminds us that although we all share the same story, our interpretation of it shapes us from the inside, out.

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Jennifer Mook-Sang lives in Burlington and is currently working on a novel for young readers. She blogs here.

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2 comments:

  1. I'm on the fence about this book. Sometimes it felt subversive, other times it felt quirky for the sake of quirky.

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  2. Just curious - is this the same Tom King who wrote for CBC Radio and has run as an NDP candidate in Guelph?

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