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People of the Whale

A Novel

Hogan, Linda

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
People of the Whale
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0393064573
9780393064575
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOGAN 2008
Characteristics: 303 p. ;,22 cm

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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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