There is a story I know.
–Thomas King - The truth about stories - c.2003
From what I remember I bought this book a few years ago because of Aarti’s A More Diverse Universe reading challenge. I didn’t get around to reading it then, but for some reason it popped out at me when I went to shelve a different book. So I picked it up and started reading.
It is a non-fiction book, a look at the power of stories and how what we tell stories about is what we become. And also what we come from. How stories influence society and culture and therefore influence everything. And all told in a very readable, entertaining way. I really enjoyed it.
King writes in almost a conversational way1 which is easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to empathise with. He also covers a huge amount of ground. Not just the power of the story, but also history, colonialism, prejudice, racism and poverty. He has a huge amount to say and he writes intelligently about it all. He also references many other Native authors in his work, only one of whom I’ve read, so I must take a flick through his bibliography and see if there are others to pick up.
I think this was a lecture or series of lectures first, maybe that explains why ↩