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Rifying proximity of the world of animals and ravishing world of myth Tanya Taga explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil animal and human victim and transgressor real and imagined lose their meaning but the guiding power of love remainsHaunting brooding exhilarating and tender all at once Taga moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir myth and reality poetry and prose and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forge. In Split Tooth Tanya Taga blasts through boundaries between the natural and the supernatural reality and fantasy the present and the past and humans and other animals Split Tooth alternates between prose and poetry and Taga s language is spare and lovely Taga tells a liminal yet linear story of a teen Inuk girl in a small village in far north Nunavut where both adults and teens seek escape in alcohol and substance abuse It s a Bring Your Own Solvents party and I want to let the colours shine We take turns sharing the bags not caring if we drool into them My favourite is the rubber cement and it makes me sad when I have to give it away Then I stop caring which one I have and there is only the High But the life s rigors and brutality are sometimes made bearable by family and closeness A black eye on Saturday Maybe six Maybe she deserved it Turn your head the other way if the shoplifter is too thin Heartfelt greetings Whispered secrets We are the walls We shuffle down the aisles and take stock of the community We congregate I make out with the butcher in the freezer I m growing breasts and I m proud of them The town is small but it is warm Someone is found frozen by Cape Cockburn Someone committed suicide Someone is pregnant Tanya Taga s Split Tooth lies far outside my literary experience It s arresting fascinating and deeply disturbing Beat me I deserve it Blacken my eyes so they reflect what I see from the inside Break my ribs Kick me Kill me End this I am not brave enough to do it myself All I have is numb Cleanse me Wash the blood off I am still working I survive still I am stronger now Worship me I am boundless I stood up I am worthy Start again 4 stars

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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 readFact can be as strange as fiction It can also be as dark as violent as rapturous In the end there may be no difference between themA girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s She knows joy and friendship and parents' love She knows boredom and listlessness an. oof

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D bullying She knows the tedium of the everyday world and the raw amoral power of the ice and sky the seductive energy of the animal world She knows the ravages of alcohol and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust She sees the spirits that surround her and the immense power that dwarfs all of us When she becomes pregnant she must navigate all thisVeering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town the elect. 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 is a brutal unflinching magical beautiful grounded beauty of a book It belongs on the shelves of anyone who likes Chrystos or Eden Robinson or other authors who know how to paraphrasing the book here put their fingers in the membrane between the bone and fur It s not an easy read It cracks open your clavicle and digs right at your heart But in the process old wounds that never fully healed get a new chance at honest renewal I seriously doubt this will end up being hyped or embraced by the CanLit establishment but it s better than that It stands on its own It s a masterpiece


10 thoughts on “Split Tooth

  1. says:

    oof

  2. says:

    Tanya Taga is just such a goddamn gem And I don't know what to even say about this book of hersI feel like I didn't understand half of this book because so much of it is written in lyrical poetry and I've never been one to digest poetry well Bu

  3. says:

    Now also available in German EisfuchsWhile listening to the audiobook I was reminded of Björk and then I found out that Inuk throat

  4. says:

    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 say anything off colour? Most people seem to agree this book is bri

  5. says:

    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 Taga is an award winning Inuit throat singer If you are unfamiliar with her strange unworldly music I urge you to visit YouTube There are videos of h

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    This novel was filled to the brim with beautiful imagery and poetic prose but in trying to present everything as beautifully as Tanya Taga 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 understanding a single thing that happened This novel

  8. says:

    This audiobook was fantastic Honestly when I read the physical book I wasn't exactly too crazy about it but listening to this audiobook and Tanya herself reading her work and throat singing was just such a moving experience I definitely recomme

  9. says:

    In Split Tooth Tanya Taga blasts through boundaries between the natural and the supernatural reality and fantasy the present and the past and humans and other animals Split Tooth alternates between prose and poetry and Taga’s language is spa

  10. says:

    Did 90% of this on audio and there was no possible way I could bring myself to endure the remainder Taga’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 tone and it drove me up the effing wall listening to the most pro