Tortuga: A Novel

Front Cover
University of New Mexico Press, 1988 - Fiction - 197 pages
2 Reviews
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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - kishields - LibraryThing

I found this book tough to get through, with unrealistic dialogue among the young boys, who are living in an institution for crippled children as they recover—or linger—after paralysis, accidents or ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - pumabeth - LibraryThing

The anguish and suffering in the story are difficult to endure, but the magic of the words and the soulful search found within entwine the reading tightly with Tortuga as he seeks healing, solace, and ... Read full review


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3

6 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1988)

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

Bibliographic information