➚ [KINDLE] ❄ Split Tooth By Tanya Tagaq ➤ – Dolove.info

Split Tooth 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 Eventually, I heard about Tanya Tagaq, when she won the Polaris award I got the album Uja is one my all time favorite pieces of music When I found out that Tagaq had a book coming out, I had to pre order it Spilt Tooth is one of those fictional books that may, most likely, somewhat contains some non fiction details It chronicles the life of a young Inuit girl as she grows to adulthood She lives in Nunavat Eventually she becomes pregnant The novel is a thing of beauty A combination of belief, myth, storytelling, heartbreak, nature, and poetry There are so many beautiful images in this book the stealing of a boy s pants, the taking of an animal home, the foxes, the Northern Lights But there is harshness too because it is the North and life can be harsh There is fear And the ending, oh the ending. 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. 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 visit YouTube There are videos of her performing, and most interestingly a video where she describes and demonstrates how she makes the various sounds in her music Here she paints word pictures ranging from the beautiful and rapturous to the disturbing and grotesque The book contains snippets about a child and young woman growing up in the Far North We learn something of their games, abuse, bullying, smoking discarded cigarette butts, liquor, drugs, solvent sniffing and love of animals Mainly it contains poetry, visions, dreams, nightmares There is homages to Arctic wildlife, nature including the cold and ice, the Northern Lights as a rhapsody Good and Evil Spirits and dead ancestors permeate the spell cast by the writing This book may not be for everyone but reading it was an unforgettable experience. In Split Tooth, Tanya Tagaq 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 Tagaq s language is spare and lovely Tagaq 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 abuseIt 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 HighBut the life s rigors and brutality are sometimes made bearable by family and closenessA 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 pregnantTanya Tagaq s Split Tooth lies far outside my literary experience It s arresting, fascinating, and deeply disturbingBeat 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 again4 stars 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. 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 tone and it drove me up the effing wall listening to the most prosaic details of these stories told to me as if they were shamanic prayers I am done. A Terrible BeautyAnother reviewer mentioned this book should contain a trigger warning for sexual abuse I concurShould 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 brilliant I suppose it is It s raw It s brutal It speaks of the natural world in a beautiful way It also speaks of the natural world as seen from the point of view of a carnivore and an active predator and who likes to eat flesh still living or raw or as close to pulsing life as possible to get maximum energy from it It speaks of beauty and horror combined, harshly and dispassionately We living in the southern parts of Canada can t begin to imagine the kinds of harsh and frigid cold the Inuit must face as part of their daily existence, the punishing quality of it Kids are only let off school in the Great North when the weather hits minus 50 degrees Celsius or less that s 58 Fahrenheit Sexual abuse is so common that Tagaq s character speaks of being jealous when she sees her teacher touching other girls s private parts in the same way, because, one is led to understand, this is part of a young girl s normal sexual development in those parts Many passages made me want to I don t know vomit cry lay down on the sidewalk trembling and foaming at the mouth All told with this oh so gentle voice, all part of everyday life This is a place where people can t spare empathy for each other, much less for their animals When there s not enough food for their dogs, they must be put down When the fox population become too numerous, they starve and attack the children, so they must be exterminated, and Tagaq describes taking satisfaction from the popping sounds as they hit their targets while shooting at them, as part of a father daughter bonding experience There is no mystery about sex and certainly no such thing as modesty about it Not in a world where parents and uncles and family friends regularly get blind drunk and children get high with whatever substance they can get their hands on, and I suppose one is naturally drawn to warm places But Tagaq recounts all this with a clear, gentle, girlish I want to say pure voice, and in between snatches of story poetry there is the throat singing she is famous for, which is sometimes sublime and often disconcerting and frankly disturbing, much like this book as a whole That being said, if there ever was a book one should experience as an audiobook for the full effect, then this would be it Inextricably, melding the sordid with the sublime, there is the world of spirit and mythology Ancient stories of humans transforming into sea creatures, who then take their vengeance on men for wrongs done to them Representing man s endless struggle with cold and starvation and the unforgiving sea There are astral voyages out of body experiences she recounts as simply as if she were describing going to the store to buy a pint of milk she lets her spirit roam to escape the horror of the violently drunk adults in the room, who are a regular feature of every young person s life The Northern Lights are ever present, and eventually, they impregnate her in a kind of psychedelic journey which yields actual babies, though whether they are fully human is never fully clear She tells all these stories in the first person, as if this has all been part of her personal experience, but you eventually figure out that she has weaved together the story of her people, perhaps of her generation It is part memoir, part myth, part history, part fantasy, part fiction and part non fiction too I m not a prude, I m certainly not religious and I ve never been a Christian, but this book made me feel like a Puritan at times Tagaq managed to shock me with the raw sexuality and sheer savagery she described This book took on a nightmarish quality for me The kind of nightmares which both seduce and repel you You desperately want to wake up for them to stop, but then again you want to follow those strange creatures around that structure to see where they might take you, though your heart is pounding and you re absolutely certain you re about to die because you know they re leading you to something truly horrific and from which you won t possibly be able to escape Tagaq s mind, the culture she was describing seemed like it was from a completely different universe, and perhaps the throat singing made it seem so, certainly it made the whole thing take on a different dimension I thought I knew something about the Great North and its people before, had some kind of notion at least, but no And now, here is an opportunity to hear a creative, smart, multi talented, deep thinking woman, one with a gentle and kind voice no less, and she terrified me with the raw brutality of her poetry I suppose that s what she set out to do Shake us Southerners out of our complacency and our comfort zone She managed that extremely well Never did I feel so much like the other Or so damn white And have to wonder is that really such a bad thingAnd why must I be apologizingAnd must IAll questions which are big taboos if one is a liberal and loves all humanity equally But when confronted with so much otherness, can one really not ask oneself those questions I will not say I loved this book I did not Nor did I like it The same way I do not love the nightmares that visit me every night My nightmares are filled with symbolism and strange creatures and memories that are sometimes my own and sometimes not too But nightmares, much like Tanya Tagaq, are trying to convey important messages to us, and like it or not, we must listen Some of us might be enchanted by what she has to say, some of us will not be All the same, I m glad I listened to this book It felt like an important thing to do, and it certainly had a terrible beauty I m just thankful my nightmares can t possibly be worse than they are already, or this book would have proved traumatic in a truly lasting way. Ice in lungIce in WindLife unsungMilk DeathSplit toothSorrow marrowWhispered 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 released her fiction debut, Split Tooth Self taught at writing as she was at singing, this book is apparently based on journals that Tagaq kept over the years journals in which she would write poems, ideas, memories, and short fictions Put together in a loose narrative that I had to keep reminding myself wasn t a straight memoir, Tagaq paints a vivid picture of growing up in Nunavut in the 70 sWe break into abandoned buildings just to keep warm We climb the oil tanks and run around the tops of them, daring ourselves to jump off we never do We challenge the power plant to a yelling match We collect our friends in gangs and each one of us tells our parents we are sleeping over at someone else s house We hold 100 metre races and play spin the bottle We steal hash and beer and potato chips We talk on the phone We taunt drunks on the street, knowing they will never remember who bruised their egos when they have killed their own dignity already In between snippets of the continuing narrative, there are frequent semi mystical philosophical musings that may have been better off left in the journalsSpirit is already divine We must feed Divinity with devout intent and Spirit grows stronger, cleansing and returning to reality upon Death What happens before birth and resumes after death this is real than the brief spark of life Our lives just carry the physical burden of carrying energy forward We put on suits of meat as training, as a challenge We all know this is temporary And often, a short poem would appear that would perfectly and impactfully capture some details from the narrativeThe Human Sternum is capable of so many thingsProtector of DiaphragmKiller and milk feeder of hopeMarriage of marrow and cartilageHeavingImprisoning the heartKeeps it aliveCage for Blood and breathThe Human Sternum is used for so many thingsClavicles like handlebarsRibs like stairsThe sternum is the shieldEven when impairedEven when it smothers a little girl s faceAs the bedsprings squeak The book also includes several line drawings by Jaime Hernandez, and as the girl in the story enters puberty, she has an encounter with the natural world that begins a storyline that sounds like it could have been an age old myth I liked this scrapbooky feel it may not give the reading experience of a traditional Western novel, but who says that an Inuit artist needs to follow anyone else s rules for how to tell a story There is both joy and pain in this story, and throughout, Tagaq writes of her community with warmth and love my personal tastes may have appreciated some different editorial choices, but I am impressed by the art that Tagaq has created here. Tanya Tagaq is just such a goddamn gem And I don t know what to even say about this book of hers.I 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 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 in the usual sense, but at the same time I m grateful for having done so.This book is powerful It s strange It s difficult It s magical It s sad and beautiful and jarring It s a book I think as many people as possible should read. 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 S She Knows Joy, And Friendship, And Parents Love She Knows Boredom, And Listlessness, And 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 Electrifying Proximity Of The World Of Animals, And Ravishing World Of Myth, Tanya Tagaq 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, Tagaq Moves Effortlessly Between Fiction And Memoir, Myth And Reality, Poetry And Prose, And Conjures A World And A Heroine Readers Will Never Forget

About the Author: Tanya Tagaq

TANYA TAGAQ is an improvisational performer, avant garde composer, and experimental recording artist who won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for her album Animism, a work that disrupted the music world in Canada and beyond with its powerfully original vision Tagaq contorts elements of punk, metal, and electronica into a complex and contemporary sound that begins in breath, a communal and fundamental

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