The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King audiobook

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

By Thomas King
Read by Lorne Cardinal

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The Inconvenient Indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past fifty years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America. Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book distills the insights gleaned from that meditation, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. In the process, King refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands. This is a book both timeless and timely, burnished with anger but tempered by wit, and ultimately a hard-won offering of hope—a sometimes inconvenient, but nonetheless indispensable account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future.

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The Inconvenient Indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past fifty years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America.

Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book distills the insights gleaned from that meditation, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. In the process, King refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands.

This is a book both timeless and timely, burnished with anger but tempered by wit, and ultimately a hard-won offering of hope—a sometimes inconvenient, but nonetheless indispensable account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Lorne Cardinal, who is a highly regarded person of Cree heritage, nails the audiobook’s delivery with a deep pitch and a slightly raspy timbre…Noting historical tensions and confrontations with emphasis on the exploitation of native peoples by whites…[yet] King never misses an opportunity to make a joke or an amusing observation. This is where Cardinal demonstrates his acting chops, adjusting his voice to the perfect level of bemusement, irony, or snark to elicit smiles and chuckles of understanding from listeners.” AudioFile
“May well be unsettling for many non-natives in this country to read. This is exactly why we all should read it. Especially now.” Vancouver Sun (Canada)
“Should be required reading for anyone seeking insider insight into how Indians have been treated in Canada versus the United States.” New York Journal of Books
“King…presents history with a candor and honesty rarely found in usual accounts of the interaction of aboriginals and non-aboriginals.” Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)
”Thomas King is beyond being a great writer and storyteller, a lauded academic and educator. He is a towering intellectual. For native people in Canada, he is our Twain; wise, hilarious, incorrigible, with a keen eye for the inconsistencies that make us and our society flawed, enigmatic, but ultimately powerful symbols of freedom. The Inconvenient Indian is…a powerful, important book.” Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“The author’s wit and storytelling talent make the book easy to read; more importantly, his humor may keep readers from wanting to scream at the injustices. " Kirkus Reviews
“An intelligent and eye-opening overview of Native peoples in post-Columbus North America.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Thomas King

Author Bio: Thomas King

Thomas King is one of Canada’s premier Native public intellectuals. He was the first Aboriginal person to deliver the prestigious Massey Lectures, and he is the best-selling, award-winning author of six novels, two collections of short stories, and two nonfiction books. The Inconvenient Indian won the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Nonfiction and the RBC Taylor Prize. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada and lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English