Without doubt thomas king is the secret and wickedly clever twin of salman rushdie green grass, running water is my introduction to this master of magic realism, and what an introduction it has been.
Green grass, running water by thomas king is a lyrical exploration of the lives of a group of characters living in the small canadian town of blossom written in 1993, the novel is notable for its portrayal of native americans struggling with their identities in the twentieth century. In green grass, running water by thomas king, king intertwines stories to create a satire that pokes fun at indian culture compared to european culture the book attempts to also poke fun at judeo-cristian beliefs by examining the creation story king makes fun of the story of adam and eve he pokes.
Thomas king is of cherokee, greek, and german descent and is currently chair of american indian studies at the university of minnesota his short stories have been widely published throughout the united states and canada, and a film, based on his much acclaimed first novel medicine river , has been made for television.
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In green grass, running water, the duplessis company hires a public relations firm to “mount a public campaign to convince the indians that the dam was in their best interest” (king 117) in the novel, this campaign culminated with a story in alberta now demonstrating rather conclusively “ that after only one year of the dam operating at full efficiency, the tribe would make in excess of two million dollars.
Mr king has instead given the natives the predominant role in his story while comically mocking each of the caucasian characters, undermining the popular attitude that they were the only “heroic and intelligent” ones in each of their respective stories bill bursum.