Split Tooth

Split Tooth

Longlisted for the 2018Scotiabank 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 2018Scotiabank 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
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:202 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'...
  • 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. ...
  • Joyce
    Dec 30, 2018
    I hardly know what to say about this book. It was a stretch for me, yet it displays many of the elements I enjoy--a dreamy quality to the prose; coming of age story that I found a bit disjointed at first and then, well, fantastic, mythological; a powerful story of a young woman. I don'...
  • 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! ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • A. H. 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. ...
  • Emmkay
    Nov 28, 2018
    As visceral and odd as I would expect from having listened to the music of Tanya Tagaq, an Inuk throat singer, who does experimental and interesting stuff. This novel, written in the first-person with a somewhat flat tone, interspersed with poems, tells the story of a young Inuk girl g...
  • 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...
  • Big Al
    Dec 29, 2018
    A haunting and unique portrayal of life in the far North. Tanya Tagak is fearless and gets real weird with her debut novel, so even when the style didn't always work for me I have to respect the boldness of her creative vision. Also after having read this I think I'm now afraid of the ...
  • 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...
  • Zoe
    Jan 11, 2019
    "My fear is learning to run from me, not the other way around." ...
  • Nicole
    Jan 11, 2019
    3.5. I loved the first half of this book and found the imagery striking. I was glad I was reading this in winter. The second half started to lose me. Still, a beautiful book. ...
  • chantel nouseforaname
    Nov 25, 2018
    Beautiful. Like insanely so. I don't even know what to say..it reads like part coming-of-age tale, part-poetic masterpiece, part fantastical, stream of consciousness sort-of purge. Her writing is super sharp; much like her music. Razor sharp and kind of awe-inducing. Tagaq is comin...
  • Jacob Kolody
    Jan 06, 2019
    This novel was filled to the brim with beautiful imagery and poetic prose, but in trying to present everything as beautifully as Tanya Tagaq did, all sense of a narrative was lost. When I finally closed this book, I realized I had been transfixed by these 180 pages and ended up not und...
  • 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. ...
  • ❤
    Dec 05, 2018
    I don't even know what to say about this. I feel like I didn't "understand" half of this book, particularly the poetry, but I also feel like my mind just sucked everything right up and I somehow, naturally, just 'get it'. I feel like I didn't enjoy reading this, but at the same t...
  • Shawn Mooney
    Nov 26, 2018
    Did 90% of this on audio and there was no possible way I could bring myself to endure the remainder. Tagaq?s breathy, incantatory audio narration works so powerfully for the incantational pieces here and there, and the throat singing was to die for, but she never ever varies that ton...
  • 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...
  • Maddie C.
    Dec 30, 2018
    Beautiful, haunting, unnerving, I did not devour Split Tooth, Split Tooth devour me. With its beautiful language and deep meaning, it defies categorization and blends seamlessly aspects of poetry, memoir and literary fiction. Reading it felt like a fever dream, like an hallucination...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Liz Mc2
    Jan 15, 2019
    This book is difficult to categorize (I read a profile of Tagaq that called it ?mythobiography,? which seems apt?although it?s fiction, it?s grounded in Tagaq?s own experience of growing up in the North). There are realistic passages, poems, dream sequences. If you choose t...