Tortuga: A Novel
University of New Mexico Press, 1979 - Fiction - 200 pages
Rudolfo Anaya's personal journey toTortugabegan one desert-hot day when, as an adolescent, he and some friends were swimming in irrigation ditches. He dove in, sustaining an injury that put him in the hospital for an arduous period of time.
Tortugais set in a hospital for crippled children and is based on Anaya's swimming accident. He explores the significance of pain and suffering in a young boy's life and the importance of spiritual recovery as well as medical. Tortuga, or Turtle, is the name of the oddly shaped mountain near the hospital, but "Tortuga" also points toward the rigid cast that encases the young hero's body.
In celebration of the twenty-five years since the first edition ofTortugawas published, Rudolfo Anaya has provided an Afterword to share his memories of those days in the hospital and how they impacted the remainder of his life.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
Review: TortugaUser 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