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People of the Whale

A Novel
Hogan, Linda (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Raised in a remote seaside village, Thomas Witka Just marries Ruth, his beloved since infancy. But an ill-fated decision to fight in Vietnam changes his life forever: cut off from his Native American community, he fathers a child with another woman. When he returns home a hero, he finds his tribe in conflict over the decision to hunt a whale, both a symbol of spirituality and rebirth and a means of survival. In the end, he reconciles his two existences, only to see tragedy befall the son he left behind.
Authors: Hogan, Linda
Title: People of the whale
a novel
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 303 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Linda Hogan
Summary: Raised in a remote seaside village, Thomas Witka Just marries Ruth, his beloved since infancy. But an ill-fated decision to fight in Vietnam changes his life forever: cut off from his Native American community, he fathers a child with another woman. When he returns home a hero, he finds his tribe in conflict over the decision to hunt a whale, both a symbol of spirituality and rebirth and a means of survival. In the end, he reconciles his two existences, only to see tragedy befall the son he left behind.
ISBN: 0393064573
9780393064575
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOGAN 2008
Subject Headings: Culture conflict Fiction Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Veterans Fiction Indians of North America Fiction
Topical Term: Culture conflict
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Indians of North America
LCCN: 2008025040
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Hogan's depiction of a fictional tribe in Washington State is endearing and an excellent narrative. Another view of a Native American war veteran but told within a frame of romance, rituals, tradition, and magic.


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Feb 26, 2010
  • Jenuine rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

So well written with a capturing plot! I felt the most sympathy and admiration for Lin, and she was definitely my favourite character, although not a major one.

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