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by Tomson Highway


Kiss of the Fur Queen epub

ISBN: 0385256523

ISBN13: 978-0385256520

Author: Tomson Highway

Category: Literature and Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (1998)

Pages: 320 pages

ePUB book: 1618 kb

FB2 book: 1412 kb

Rating: 4.3

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Highway, Tomson, 1951-. Kiss of the fur queen. The youngest was eighteen, the eldest no more than twenty-three.

Highway, Tomson, 1951-. eISBN: 978-0-385-67416-4. Across the stage, a banner read: The Fur Queen Beauty Pageant, Trappers’ Festival, 1951, Oopaskooyak, Manitoba.

Tomson Highway is one of Canada’s best known playwrites, most notably the author of The .

Tomson Highway is one of Canada’s best known playwrites, most notably the author of The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, both of which are Dora and Chalmer’s Award winning plays. Published in 1998, Kiss of the Fur Queen is Highway’s first and only novel; containing many autobiographical points, this book takes on a lot of issu What a wonderful novel. Definitely a must read.

Kiss of the Fur Queen is a novel by Tomson Highway. It was first published by Doubleday Canada in September 1998. The novel's main characters are Champion and Ooneemeetoo Okimasis, two young Cree brothers from Eemanipiteepitat in northern Manitoba who are taken from their family and sent to a residential school.

In his first novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen, noted playwright Tomson Highway tells the . Cree playwright and author Tomson Highway holds seven honorary doctorates and has taught and performed at universities across North America and Europe.

In his first novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen, noted playwright Tomson Highway tells the story of two Cree brothers who were severely abused at a Catholic residential school, and he uses the full transformative power of magic and myth, as well as a compelling traditional novel plot, to restore to them their dignity and, by implication, that of their people.

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In his first novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen, noted playwright Tomson Highway tells the story of two Cree brothers . Emotionally complex, witty, symphonic and sad, Kiss of the Fur Queen is a remarkable novel, filled with blood, guts, life and love. - Toronto Globe and Mail.

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Story of champion dog-sled racer Abraham Okimasis and his sons Jeremiah, a pianist, and Gabriel, a dancer. As the brothers journey from northern Manitoba to residential school and then to Winnipeg, a mysterious trickster figure - the Fur Queen - plays witness to their lives. The resulting story is about sibling rivalry and sibling love, and the effects of re-education and religious conversion on one family's existence.
This is an important book, but an enigmatic one and depressing--despite its dark tone, though, it reflected compassion for its main characters by giving them depth despite their general dysfunction. I say it's important by which I mean the comfortable and privileged need to recognize the factors that challenge people whose cultures are misunderstood by mainstream Anglo Americans, but they probably are the people who will read this book. Seems like one of those that will have to be assigned in a lit class, which if fine, cause then readers will be forced to at least grapple with a few unpleasant realities that make us human.
A dark book that I had to read for my Native American Literature class. In the beginning I enjoyed it until the boys were sent to boarding school and then it just got darker. It was an interesting and eye opening read although the writing style is very different and difficult to understand at times.
When does a novel of fiction become 'too' autobiographical? Is there a line in the sand that cannot be crossed, a line that seperates the purely imagined from stark reality? If there is such a line, celebrated Canadian author Tomson Highway dances on its edge many times over, in his alternately humourous and harrowing novel KISS OF THE FUR QUEEN.
FUR QUEEN tells the truly sad tale of Champion and Ooneemeetoo Okimasis, Cree brothers growing up in Northern Manitoba. At an all-too-early age, Champion and Ooneemeetoo are torn from their magical life, thrust headlong into Canada's then-enforced policy of subjecting native children to Catholic residential schools. They are renamed Jeremiah and Gabriel, force-fed a life of Christian beliefs, subjected to monstrous acts by the priests, and removed from any conception of their people's history, language, and traditions. Slowly maturing into young men, Champion (Jeremiah) begins a career as a concert pianist, while Gabriel pursues a life in dance. As they struggle to cope in a world that increasingly alienates them from their past, their heritage re-enters their lives in unexpected and sometimes tragic ways.
Highway is a gifted writer, as evident from the multitude of awards he recieved for his plays THE REZ SISTERS and DRY LIPS OUGHT TO MOVE TO KASPUSKASING (both incredible plays, by the way). His presentation of the realities of Native-Canadian life has been lauded for its sense of humanity in the face of horror, as well as for showing a world that many people would rather ignore, or refuse to believe exists. So it is with FUR QUEEN. Highway's slow evolution of the narrative is masterful, travelling from the nostalgic remembrances of a child's idyllic life to the brutalities that face Native-Canadians in the 'evolved' city of Winnipeg. His inter-twining of Cree mythology with modern prose serves to more fully involve the reader in the Okimasis's daily struggle. At times, the writing becomes a bit confusing, slightly hallucinatory, but this disparity aids the reader in understanding the warring factions that exist within the minds of Jeremiah and Gabriel. We are all products of our upbringing, and nowhere is this more evident than in the confusion and self-loathing that threatens to consume the brothers at every turn.
But when does it become too autobiographical to qualify as fiction? Granted, almost all authors could be accused of importing elements of their lives into their work, but Highway pushes the envelope. He, too, grew up in Northern Manitoba, and was forced, along with his brother Rene, to attend Catholic school. There, they were both abused at the hands of their religious teachers, in a ongoing chapter of Canadian history that must surely rank as one of its most shameful. Rene grew up to be a dancer, while Tomson slowly evolved as a writer, much as Jeremiah does. And all the while, both were subjected to the casual and blatant racism that Native-Canadians face daily.
Yet perhaps this is besides the point. Whether one's story is thinly disguised as 'fiction' or not does not alter the powerful nature of the story itself. By attributing a fictional aspect to the narrative, Highway may be better able to import the more fantastical elements that lurk behind the realism, adding the omnipresent Fur Queen as a fairy godmother of sorts, a personal angel that guides the Okimasis family through their tribulations. And whether autobiographical or not, FUR QUEEN constantly guides the reader into unexpected places.
Are there better novels out there? Yes. Highway sometimes loses control of the story, and his experienced hand at dialogue is sometimes thwarted by the more descriptive nature of a novel. Despite this, KISS OF THE FUR QUEEN is an important novel, one that should be told many times over. The story is far too familiar for those in similar circumstances, and far too imcomprehensible for those lucky enough to have had a choice in where their lives would take them. By confronting the issues, as Highway does fearlessly, we can see where we've been, and maybe we can affect change as to where we're headed.
Kiss of the Fur Queen is a marvelous first novel by a poet and playwrite of lyrical talent. As an admirer of the native arts I had my first introduction to Tomson Highway at the Stein Valley festival in BC. He performed a recitation of a play that rung a true chord. Having lived in Northern Canada for ten years and "down south" for three, his reading brought the north back to me. His novel has now done that ten fold. Simply by using the mood language of his culture I was transported back to the north and to the feelings of acceptance I always experienced there. Tomson Highway has the ability to translate into words, the feeling of living in the north, even though only a portion of the novel is set there. A truly enjoyable read that all ex northerners should enjoy. Like a warm bath comforts tired muscles, this book brings comfort to all those who miss the remarkable ambiance of the north. Hopefully those who have never traveled to this most sane part of Canada, will discover a little touch of that magic
I recommend this book highly. It successfully descibes the idyllic childhood of two brothers, and how this childhood, and a Canadian aboriginal culture's attempt to adapt on its own terms to Euiropean-based culture are heartlessly ended by forced assimilation, land expropriation, and horrifying abuse. The story follows the two brothers from conception in the 1950s into their 30s in the 1980s. Once they leave home to go to a religious residential school, the tone of the story is of an ever-returning, inescapable sadness, which nothing--not flamboyance, not artistic creation, not sex, not consciousness-altering substances, not numbness, not attempting to reintegrate into aboriginal culture, not helping children of the next generation--can allay. The book had a powerful effect on me. I'm not sure whether or not it is a masterpiece, and thus deserving of 5 stars. Much of what it was telling me was so surprising, so shocking, or so emotional, that on first reading, I am unable to look at the book with enough detachment to make that call. Read it and see what you think.
This book is lyrical, magical and touching in a very deep sense. Highway makes you see and feel the way the northern Crees must have felt when children were sent to residential schools for 10 months of the year and would come back in the summer ashamed to speak their language. Highway also conveys the Indian spirit in his book by laughing at sad issues making them all the more poignant. Overall a masterpiece of structure, language and psychological portraiture.
THis book is excellent!!I enjoyed it at my most .I understood what the author was going through because i myself went through a stage of blonde har affairs