Split Tooth

Split Tooth

Longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize From the internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer who has dazzled and enthralled the world with music it had never heard before, a fierce, tender, heartbreaking story unlike anything you've ever read. Fact can be as strange as fiction. It can also be as dark, as violent, as rapturous. In the end, there may be no difference Longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize From the internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer who h...

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Title:Split Tooth
Author:Tanya Tagaq
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:B07CR2Y9QX
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Split Tooth Reviews

  • Phillip Edwards
    Nov 12, 2018
    'Tears freeze' Tanya Tagaq is an Inuit throat singer, musician and composer, whose work has been featured on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction. Her debut novel is the memoir of an Inuit girl growing up in Nunavut in the late 1970's. "Innuinakrun class. I hate this class. The teacher'...
  • Jesse
    Sep 24, 2018
    An intense, visionary, deeply poetic and deeply unsettling book with very little I could compare it to. Oddly the first thing that comes to mind is Leonard Cohen?s Beautiful Losers?which, despite its excellence, has been very fairly pilloried for its colonial gaze of Mohawk Saint a...
  • Chris
    Oct 20, 2018
    In 2001, I first saw Inuit art ? I mean real and in person. And, I fell in love with it. It was telling a story, even though I might not know what that story was, but it was still telling a story. So, I started to read up on the culture. I developed a taste for Inuit throat singing. ...
  • gwayle
    Nov 11, 2018
    There were three different stages to my reading of Split Tooth, a short novel which follows an Inuit girl in Nunavut from childhood through a young pregnancy and beyond. I read the first third of the book sick, mostly in the wee hours when I couldn?t sleep. I found it thoroughly rive...
  • Jackie
    Sep 20, 2018
    this is a vicious book. brutal, maternal, sweet, and so visceral. her writing is so special and creepy! in the best way possible! ...
  • Nicole
    Oct 21, 2018
    The audiobook is incredible. Read by the author, her narration is otherworldly. It?s punctuated with throat-singing between chapters, which really adds to the surreal feeling that the spirit-world in the book evokes. ...
  • Jillypenny
    Oct 25, 2018
    A. Mind blown! At times prose, at times storytelling. This novel is lyrical, mythological, and beautiful. Includes the harsh realities of growing up indigenous (trigger warning!), a love of nature, and what it means to be from the far, far north. I highly recommend the audiobook versio...
  • Eva
    Oct 27, 2018
    The story of a young girl's life in Nunavut, full of spirits and mystical wildlife, physicality, darkness and abuse. I liked all the descriptive parts about life in these northern parts of Canada, the arctic tundra, the midnight sun, the animal world, people's habits, stories. The le...
  • Ron S
    Jul 25, 2018
    As with Ms Tagaq's live musical performances, this work is filled with unexpected twists and turns, sorrow and beauty, but the overwhelming impression is one of magic and awe. ...
  • Krista
    Oct 14, 2018
    Ice in lung Ice in Wind Life unsung Milk Death Split tooth Sorrow marrow Whispered truth On her website, one can see the awesome artistic range that Tanya Tagaq displays ? from ?Punk Inuit Throat Singer? to painter ? and in a further expression of her art, she has now ...
  • Amanda Reaume
    Oct 03, 2018
    I started reading this book on the treadmill and it made me do 20 minutes extra cardio than I intended. This book is such a fascinating mix of prose, poetry, dreams and illustrations. It is beautifully written and also dense with ideas and symbols. I have never read anything like it an...
  • Louise
    Oct 31, 2018
    WOW! How did this book not make the Giller short list (along with Our Homesick Songs). I can think of a few short-listers that are much weaker. Listen to this as an audiobook, read by the author, and interspersed with her throat singing. Absolutely stunning, lyrical, poetic, mythical, ...
  • Laura Frey (Reading in Bed)
    Nov 02, 2018
    Somewhere between The White Book and Freshwater, a way of looking at birth and death and coming of age through the natural world and through myth. Hard to rate. Some moments of beauty (more than I got out of The White Book) but not much of a coherent story (unlike Freshwater) but a goo...
  • Carolyn
    Sep 26, 2018
    This book defies categorization, being unlike anything I have ever read. This is visceral storytelling. It has been long listed for the Giller Prize. The author, Tanya Tagaq, is an award winning Inuit throat singer. If you are unfamiliar with her strange, unworldly music, I urge you to...
  • Kate
    Aug 02, 2018
    Moving and powerful. ...
  • Alex
    Oct 01, 2018
    3.5 rounded up Tagac writes beautifully and her background as a song writer comes through in the lyricism of the prose. She lays out an emotionally intense and personal story of an inuk experience, filled with mythical stories, raw and real violence and tragic life events, intersper...
  • Maggie Mugford
    Sep 23, 2018
    This book was really hard for me to read at first, because the author describes "tough subjects", difficult times. It was unlike anything else I have read. It was poetry, it was a novel; it was a journey. My father is Inuit and although I "lost" my status when I turned 19, because I "d...
  • Amanda Leclair
    Sep 22, 2018
    I was able to get a preview copy of this book because of a friend who works at a book store. Some things I can definitely say- This book it worth reading. This book is not a easy read, emotionally or just in the way that some books follow such a conventional method of narrative you c...
  • Rochelle
    Sep 26, 2018
    I'm a sucker for a novel written with rhythm & rhyme. When an author has put that level of thought into their construction & when it works, it is a beautiful thing. This novel is a beautiful thing. It is also horrible, terrible, confronting, magical, captivating, punishing a...
  • Emma
    Oct 09, 2018
    Loved the weaving in and out of memoir, myth, Inuit spiritualism, and poetry. The descriptions of the tundra made me long for the wild of the North. Captivating story. ...
  • A.M.G.
    Nov 17, 2018
    Rating: ? / 5 Generally speaking, I'm not sure, but I would imagine that the concept of "difference" is still approached with a certain amount of wariness by the general community, as history would attach to it the stigmas of taboo and strangeness--something to avoid. Of course...
  • Jessie
    Nov 02, 2018
    This book tells the story of an Inuk girl coming of age and coming into motherhood in Nunavut amidst the devastation of colonialism, the hard beauty of the north, and the resilience of identity and culture. I really loved the coming of age pieces here, and even the experimental format ...
  • Monika
    Aug 27, 2018
    This is unlike anything I have ever read. It defies language, convention, and any literary form. Genre-bending even feels like a weak description. This book comes out in September, and I highly recommend picking up a copy. ...
  • Leah Grantham
    Oct 12, 2018
    Truth be told, I don't care for about half of the Indigenous fiction or poetry that gets taken up by CanLit. It's often overly cloying, or tragedy porn, or written with a white audience in mind, or sometimes it's just not my cup of tea. Split Tooth though, is none of these. Split Tooth...
  • Ilana
    Nov 16, 2018
    A Terrible Beauty (Another reviewer mentioned this book should contain a trigger warning for sexual abuse. I concur.) Should I put down my initial reactions to this book now I've just finished listening to it? Or should I take time to digest it a little so I can be sure not to s...
  • Kevin
    Jul 09, 2018
    Exactly what one should expect from a piece of Tanya Tagaq's work: a biting and poetic transportation into a new dimension... into a world familiar to few, but accessible to all through Tagaq's harshly honest ode to a girl's life in the North. ...
  • Ozaawaa Kwe
    Nov 10, 2018
    I enjoyed the invitation split tooth extended to its readers. To bear witness to the bearer of witness, to explore the intergenerational effects of childhood sexual abuse and traumas and what I assume is incest. The pleasure release through humour, land connection and sexual gratificat...
  • Jennifer
    Nov 07, 2018
    I highly recommend this book. Full of short stories, poems, and thoughts that are sad and delightful - I felt as though the author allows southerners to catch a glimpse of what it is like to live in Cambridge Bay. ...
  • Christopher Lewis
    Nov 13, 2018
    I remember reading a review of this book that simply called it "indescribable", but it's certainly describable. Strange at times, sure. A person has sex with the northern lights in this book. There's pictures and poetry too. And somehow it all works. ...
  • Jessica Doyle
    Jul 05, 2018
    A beautifully and honestly written memoir of Tagaq's childhood through teen years growing up in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Split Tooth is a descriptive and at times uncomfortable read, but is a book any Canadian wanting to better understand the First Nations experience should pick up. ...