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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (257 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Hogan Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Raised in a small Native American village by the sea, Thomas Witka Just has just married his childhood sweetheart when an ill-fated decision to fight in Vietnam changes his life forever.

Cut off from his community and traumatized by war, he finds refuge in another tribal village there and fathers a child with another woman. When he returns home many years later, he finds his tribe in conflict over a decision to hunt a whale, a spiritual symbol for his people.

Torn by guilt, yet desperate to return to a life of authenticity, Thomas realizes he must reconcile his two existences if he is to help heal his equally fractured community.

With a keen sense of the sacredness of nature and the trauma of war, People of the Whale is a compassionate novel about the painful moral choices humans make and how the lost soul of a man or a people is restored. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Miz Lizzie | 2/18/2014

    " Linda Hogan is a poet who writes exquisitely beautiful and deeply meaningful novels about the emotional and environmental fall-outs of devastating events that somehow manage to come to a place of redemption and hope. Raised on a remote west coast reservation, Thomas Just goes out drinking with his buddies and ends up signing up to serve in the Vietnam War. The effects of the war on Thomas, his wife, his children, and his community reverberate through the years as everyone struggles to restore the lost balance in their lives and the world around them. Whales and the sea are the main sources for spiritual connection and redemption. Though all the characters are engaging, Thomas's wife, Ruth, was the emotional center of the novel for me. Her strength of spirit and ability to gracefully survive and speak her own truth are an inspiration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by sdw | 2/13/2014

    " People of the Whale may be Linda Hogan's most beautiful novel yet. The novel is set among a fictional tribe in the Pacific Northwest who decide to resume a whale hunt to secretly sell the meat to the Japanese. I expected this book to be about the politics of whaling in the context of native sovereignty. It is not. Hogan depicts the whaling controversy without nuance. It is greed and corruption. It is a war on life on par with larger wars. The whaling however is only a background story to a novel far more engaged with the tragedies of war and the healing necessary after Vietnam. The novel weaves together the stories of its hero Ruth, her husband Thomas Witka Just, their son Marco, Ma (Thomas's wife during the war), and Ma and Thomas's daughter Lin. This is a novel grappling with the transnationality of contemporary Native American life and one of the most haunting novels I have read about the consequences of Vietnam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Caroline-manring | 2/8/2014

    " It nearly killed me to finish it, but I did. It goes so far into despair that I forgot my blinker (another commuting book-on-CD for me). The reader is entirely enchanting. And in the end, it balances. Barely, but it does. This will inch out more room in your soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laurel | 2/1/2014

    " What a beautiful book, a lovely read! "

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