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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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

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User Review  - Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount) - Goodreads

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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