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One Good Story, That One


Thomas King

Publication Year: 2013

One Good Story, That One is a collection steeped in native oral tradition and shot through with Thomas King’s special brand of wit and comic imagination. These highly acclaimed stories conjure up Native and Judeo-Christian myths, present-day pop culture, and literature while mixing in just the right amount of perception and experience.

Published by: University of Minnesota Press


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-viii

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One Good Story, That One

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pp. 1-10

...Yellowknife, that one, somewhere. I hear it maybe a long time. Old story this one. One hundred years, maybe more. Maybe not so long either, this story. So. You know, they come to my place. Summer place, pretty good place, that one. Those ones, they come with Napiao, my friend. Cool. On the river. Indians...

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pp. 11-18

...her fingers on the counter until Walter Hooton came out of the director's office. She was annoyed, she told Walter, and she thought other people were annoyed, too, but were too polite to complain about the noises the totem pole in the far corner of the room was making. "It sounds like gargling." Walter assured her that there wasn't a totem pole in the entire place including the basement...

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pp. 19-30

...friend, Napioa. Lionel James. Billy Frank knows it, too. Billy Frank hears this story in Calgary. He hears it three times. Maybe six. Boy, he tells me, here comes that story again. Sometimes this story is about Wilma. Some people tell it so Ambrose is all over the place. The way I tell it is this way and I tell it this way all the time. Sometimes I tell you about those...

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Trap Lines

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pp. 31-48

...told me my father sat in the bathroom in the dark because it was the only place he could go to get away from us kids. What does he do in the bathroom, I wanted to know. Sits, said my grandmother. That's it? Thinks, she said, he thinks. I asked her if he went to the bathroom, too, and she said that was adult conversation, and I would have to ask him. It seemed strange at the time, my father sitting...

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How Corporal Colin Sterling Saved Blossom, Alberta, and Most of the Rest of the World as Well

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pp. 49-66

...shook Ralph. "Are you awake?" Ralph grunted. "Did you hear those damn Indians?" "Coyotes," said Ralph. "I know Indians when I hear them. Drinking, I suspect." "Coyotes." "Did they pay you in advance?" "It was the coyotes you heard last night." "Then they've flown the coop by now...

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The One About Coyote Going West

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pp. 67-82

...Tricky one. Full of bad business. No, no, no, no, that one says. I'm just visiting. Going to see Raven. Boy, I says. That's another tricky one. Coyote comes by my place. She wag her tail. Make them happy noises. Sit on my porch. Look around. With them teeth. With that smile. Coyote put her nose in my tea. My good tea. Get that nose out of my tea, I says. I'm going to see my friends, she says. Tell...

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A Seat in the Garden

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pp. 83-96

...between the neat rows of beets. He trowelled his way around the zucchini and up and down the lines of carrots, and he did not notice the big Indian at all until he stopped at the tomatoes, sat back, and tried to remember where he had set the ball of twine and the wooden stakes. The big Indian was naked to the waist....

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Joe the Painter and the Deer Island Massacre

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pp. 97-120

...probably the only person who was willing to be seen with Joe regular like. A lot of folk would say hi to Joe if they ran into him and couldn't get across the street in time and some would even sit down to coffee with him while the sun was out. One or two of the married fellows had invited Joe to dinner at their houses but they only did it once. Joe was friendly enough. Whenever...

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A Coyote Columbus Story

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pp. 121-130

...I'm going to a party, she says. Yes, I says, I can see that. It is a party for Christopher Columbus, says Coyote. That is the one who found America. That is the one who found Indians. Boy, that Coyote is one silly Coyote. You got to watch out for her. Some of Coyote's stories have got...

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pp. 131-151

...sister who had left the reserve, moved across the line, and found a job. Laetitia had not left home with my mother's blessing, but over time my mother had come to be proud of the fact that Laetitia had done all of this on her own. "She did real good," my mother would say. Then there were the fine points to Laetitia's going. She had not, as my mother liked to tell Mrs. Many fingers, gone floating after some man like a balloon on a string...

E-ISBN-13: 9781452940328
E-ISBN-10: 1452940320
Print-ISBN-13: 9780816689781

Page Count: 147
Publication Year: 2013