In Fond Remembrance of Me In 1977, Norman arrived in Churchill, Manitoba, hired to translate Inuit folk-tales about Noah's ark as he found himself "adrift in a constant haze of… 2005-02-14 Fiction Mystery and Thriller North Point
Book Review

In Fond Remembrance Of Me (2005)

Details Release Date: Feb 14, 2005; Writer: Howard Norman; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: North Point

In 1977, Norman arrived in Churchill, Manitoba, hired to translate Inuit folk-tales about Noah's ark as he found himself ''adrift in a constant haze of doubt'' about his life. There, he met Helen Tanizaki, an experienced linguist dying of cancer, who served as an intellectual and spiritual guide, assisting with his translations and easing tensions with Inuit story-teller Mark Nuqac. Remembrance weaves Nuqac's fascinating ''Noah stories'' throughout the narrative, presenting the Old Testament figure in a vastly different light: The ''hapless'' Noah's refusal to give the Inuits animals from the ark to eat always leads to dire consequences for him and his family. These tales and Norman's book offer a refreshing simplicity.

Originally posted Feb 21, 2005 Published in issue #808 Feb 25, 2005 Order article reprints
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