Tortuga: A Novel

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University of New Mexico Press, 1988 - Fiction - 197 pages
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Set in a hospital for crippled children, this novel explores one of the most difficult and troubling aspects of life -- the meaning of pain and suffering. The adolescent hero, 'Tortuga' or Turtle, takes his name from the oddly shaped mountain near the hospital and from the rigid cast that encloses his body. In spite of incapacity, disfigurement, and neglect, Tortuga discovers the courage to transcend tragedy.

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Fascinating story and part allegory about the journey of healing. A young man is injured in some type of accident and is sent to a sanitarium for surgery and recovery. Part poetry, dreams, reverie ... Read full review

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Tortuga is an autobiographical novel that follows a teenage boy through his recovery from a severe spinal injury that left him partially paralyzed. He enters a chidren's hospital and is immersed in a ... Read full review


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Rudolfo Anaya is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico.

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