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  • Written by: Thomas King
  • Narrated by: Wesley French
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Medicine River

Written by: Thomas King
Narrated by: Wesley French
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Publisher's Summary

When Will returns to Medicine River, he thinks he is simply attending his mother’s funeral. He doesn’t count on Harlen Bigbear and his unique brand of community planning. Harlen tries to sell Will on the idea of returning to Medicine River to open shop as the town’s only Native photographer. Somehow, that’s exactly what happens.

Through Will’s gentle and humorous narrative, we come to know Medicine River, a small Albertan town bordering a Blackfoot reserve. And we meet its people: the basketball team; Louise Heavyman and her daughter, South Wing; Martha Oldcrow, the marriage doctor; Joe Bigbear, Harlen’s world-travelling, storytelling brother; Bertha Morley, who has a short fling with a Calgary dating service; and David Plume, who went to Wounded Knee. At the centre of it all is Harlen, advising and pestering, annoying and entertaining, gossiping and benevolently interfering in the lives of his friends and neighbours.

©1989, 2017 Thomas King (P)2018 Penguin Random House Canada

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Wry, good humour

King has brilliant perceptions and turns of phrase, and knows how to tell an interesting story.

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Just Ok

It was fine, nothing to write home about, found myself zoning out due to lack of intrigue.

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A great story

this is the second of Thomas King's books that I have read, and while I find his satirical writing style to be quite humorous I believe that the narration of this book diminished the emotion and overall storyline to a degree.

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