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Bringing a unique perspective and a singular voice to contemporary fiction, A TORTOISE FOR THE QUEEN OF TONGA features lush, poignant stories about the natural world. Here are mammals, historical figures, everyday people who discover the liberating properties of memory and knowledge in the face of captivity and loneliness. We meet a forlorn tortoise forced to live among huBringing a unique perspective and a singular voice to contemporary fiction, A TORTOISE FOR THE QUEEN OF TONGA features lush, poignant stories about the natural world. Here are mammals, historical figures, everyday people who discover the liberating properties of memory and knowledge in the face of captivity and loneliness. We meet a forlorn tortoise forced to live among humans. We witness orcas at Ocean World staging a revolt, using celibacy as their weapon. In a French cave, a young computer animator draws parallels between Cro-Magnon and modern women. One story even travels to heaven, where Charles Darwin seeks the source of human happiness. Whitty joins her authority about wildlife and her rich imagination to spectacular effect. Drawing on twenty years' experience with making nature documentaries, she takes readers inside the minds of animals and people struggling to overcome their limitations. In a voice as magical as it is informed, A TORTOISE FOR THE QUEEN OF TONGA bridges the mythical and the mundane, the animal and the human. Julia Whitty is a brilliant new storyteller in American short fiction....

Title : A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga: Stories
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ISBN : 9780618119806
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga: Stories Reviews

  • Dewayne Stark
    2018-12-03 23:15

    Usually skip books of short stories but this one is good and is all over the place with subjects and places.

  • aza
    2018-11-27 22:17

    Wonderful, original short stories, showing the author's deep emotional attachment towards the ocean and its inhabitants. A great testament of empathy. I especially enjoyed the story about the captive orca.

  • Jen Bojkov
    2018-11-22 17:21

    I read this back in 2002, so I don't recall many details but I do remember liking it. I know it incorporated alot of the natural world into the stories which is always intriguing to me...

  • Jillian Dobrin
    2018-11-23 17:08

    An interesting collection of unrelated stories. Best of which were the title story, The Daguerrotype, Falling Umbrella and Stealing from the Dead.

  • Ahm
    2018-12-04 19:24

    Wonderful. Delicate. Fulfilling.

  • Valerie
    2018-12-01 18:11

    A wonderful book of short stories. Whitty is a naturalist,and ocean documentary maker.

  • Christina Potter Bieloh
    2018-12-09 22:23

    So far I've read only the title story. It is beautiful!

  • RoseMary
    2018-12-04 18:27

    So far so good. Entertaining and fun

  • Pauline
    2018-11-27 19:09

    There are some amazing stories, and some are OK, but it's worth it just for the title story.

  • Penny
    2018-11-24 17:14

    Yawn.

  • Beverly Kennett
    2018-11-11 23:25

    Very interesting mix of stories, although many left me feeling sad.

  • Liz
    2018-12-09 22:21

    Bittersweet stories from the South Pacific.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-18 21:16

    The title story is beautiful and wonderful and happy and I could read it over and over and over and over again. The rest of the stories... mediocre.