Come, Thou Tortoise (2020)

Come, Thou Tortoise Jessica Grant Come Thou Tortoise Welcome to a world where tortoises study Shakespeare apartments are converted to climbing gyms pirates escape Penzance and planes are kept aloft by collective positive thinking Even before Audrey F
  • Title: Come, Thou Tortoise
  • Author: Jessica Grant
  • ISBN: 9781906964184
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
Come, Thou Tortoise Jessica Grant Welcome to a world where tortoises study Shakespeare, apartments are converted to climbing gyms, pirates escape Penzance, and planes are kept aloft by collective positive thinking Even before Audrey Flowers plane takes off for her hometown of St John s, she knows her life is about to take a sharp turn Her beloved dad has been knocked into a coma or a comma, as AudreyWelcome to a world where tortoises study Shakespeare, apartments are converted to climbing gyms, pirates escape Penzance, and planes are kept aloft by collective positive thinking Even before Audrey Flowers plane takes off for her hometown of St John s, she knows her life is about to take a sharp turn Her beloved dad has been knocked into a coma or a comma, as Audrey keeps calling it , and she s had to leave behind her steadfast companion, her tortoise, Winnifred, to get quickly to his bedside Audrey s no ordinary girl, and as she upends our notions of what it means to sit on an airplane, in a cab, or at the kitchen table, she begins unravelling a mystery that puts into question everything she holds dear.
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  1. Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    This book became one of my favourites of 2010, and if there s one book I would recommend to you right now, it would be this one Quirky, clever, hilarious, original, poignant, touching, flat out brilliant all comes to mind in describing Come, Thou Tortoise It was a random purchase for me, bought on a whim I didn t know anything about it but I ve always loved tortoises and it sounded interesting Only goes to show how spontaneous book buying, with no research, can reap great rewards Such a brillian [...]

  2. Bonnie

    3 starsI would not say no to Did you like this book but I would have to add that I wanted to like it I would not say no to is an oft repeated line throughout this 400 page debut novel by Jessica Grant Having said that, there is much to like about Come, Thou Tortoise it is unique at times than amusing and it is definitely a light hearted read Audrey Flowers, the primary narrator of the story, is affectionately and appropriately referred to as Oddly by her father Walter and her Uncle Thoby The s [...]

  3. Jo

    I really, really loved and enjoyed this book What a delightful, adorable read with wonderful characters be they human, tortoise or mouse I was hooked right from the start and fell in love with Audrey Oddly Flowers and her father Walter and Uncle Thoby I especially loved the author s unique writing style A poignant story full of humour and wit that I found hard to put down I got this from the library but I would not say no to owning this book and reading it again and again.

  4. Pooker

    Honestly, I don t know if I have the words to do this novel justice As I said a few short weeks ago, I bought this book because I just couldn t resist Essentially, it just sidled up to me and said, Take me home with you So, I did.My partner, who was with me when I bought the book, asked me what it was that I found so appealing and I couldn t explain other than to say, I just know I ll like it He was skeptical I guess it doesn t look like other books I just had to buy Nor is it by an author he kn [...]

  5. LJ

    I love this book The narrators Audrey and Winnifred are hilarious, sweet, and real They fear things that I fear, but importantly, they rejoice in things I love word play and puns Although the subject matter is actually quite dark all the realistic for the majority of us , this book is full of mirth and had me laughing out loud in bed Audrey s trials, though sometimes heart wrenching, often end up with hilarious results The case of the missing mouse cheeky souris and the neighbour s biography s [...]

  6. Sooz

    this is one odd little book and i mean that as a compliment.i love that she loves corkscrews because they embrace the essence of both a ballerina and a weapon think about it.i love that she smells soap and runs to buy fudge.i love that she knows snowflakes are prisms, and that she has a snowshovel that makes imprints of a flower with every load of snow she heaves from the sidewalk to the bank i love that the tortise gets a voice i am slightly disconcerned that i relate to the tortise s thoughts [...]

  7. Kirsten McKeown

    It is surprisingly easy to lose your front tooth For those of you who know me, you understand that I could not agree Then when the author followed up that line with, He said the reason it was important to read was so I d get all the jokes out there in the world, she had my undivided attention.This book isn t easily summarized happily so you really should just pick it up and start in and then thank yourself for enjoying a true original I love that this book enjoys playing around with ideas how t [...]

  8. Betty

    I loved the title and could not wait to read the book just based on that even though I didn t know anything else about it Once in a while as I was reading it, I felt underwhelmed and unexcited but spurred myself on in the belief that a book with a tortoise in it could not disappoint I did enjoy reading it because of the wordplay Audrey and her family get into That her Uncle Thoby calls her Oddly instead of Aubrey brings about some interesting sentences Oddly, we have to go to the airport I felt [...]

  9. Jeannine

    PUB DATE February 2010GENRE Literary FictionPLOT SUMMARY Audrey grew up in St John s Newfoundland but a brief romance led her to Portland, Oregon, where she is living when she finds out that her father has had a coma She returns home in a hurry only to find out that her father has already died She and her uncle, who has lived with her and her father since she was young, grieve the loss and try to put their lives back together Also, Audrey inadvertently investigates an old family mystery Despite [...]

  10. Ariel Gordon

    The opening pages of Newfoundlander Jessica Grant s promising debut novel are disarming Literally.Audrey aka Oddly Flowers, terrified of flying to begin with, disarms an air marshal on a flight from her adopted Oregon back to her hometown of St John s She is going home because her beloved father has been bashed with a Christmas tree and is in a coma.Next we learn that Audrey has left Winnifred, the titular tortoise that she inherited from an ex boyfriend, back in Oregon.But the distance between [...]

  11. Susanne

    One of the narrators of this book is a tortoise Do you know me Can you spell smitten Also, said tortoise lives in Portland, and I was just there and learned how to pronounce Willamette a few short weeks ago, and the human narrator s nickname is Oddly and she s from Newfoundland In short, the book s infrastructure would have won me over all on its own, and I haven t even started talking about the story and the GENIUS way it s told I m going to tell you about it Are you ready.This is a story about [...]

  12. Nadia

    There is a video I saw of Jessica Grant speaking of this book, and she says something to the effect of the mysteries that the narrator and main character, Audrey is preoccupied with and trying to solve through the book are different than the ones the reader will be preoccupied with and that, for me, sums up the beauty of this book.First, the prose is fantastic in a way that makes you smile as you re reading, without realizing you re smiling The wordplay and inside jokes and random references bri [...]

  13. Roberta

    Non ricordo come sono arrivata a questo romanzo ormai una costante ma sono molto contenta di averlo letto Come Thou, Tortoise una storia un po atipica, e inizialmente, come per We are family non ero riuscita a farmi prendere non ha aiutato il fatto di perdermi ogni tanto fra gli innumerevoli giochi di parole ma il parallelo continuato, infatti la protagonista Audrey Oddly Flowers e la sua testuggine Winnifred mi sono piaciute sempre di pi Il confronto con We are family non cos forzato in entramb [...]

  14. Brian

    I was completely charmed by the writing The story of Oddly Audrey Flowers is crafted as well as I imagine one can do it Jessica Grant knows how to entertain How to tease She knows that a function of humour I actually laughed out loud is to pave the way for pathos She understands that without making her readers fall in love with her characters if only I were 40 years younger , the story becomes inevitably mundane She knits her plot like it was a game of Clue seemingly random, haphazard, disjointe [...]

  15. Claire d

    I wish I could give this 4.5 stars I can t give it 5 stars because I can t rank it amongst my all time favourite books, but I really enjoyed it It took me a few chapters to get into it, because it s hard for me to get used to books that don t use quotations in conversations But once I got used to that, I realized the author s use of this tool really helped to get into the head of the protagonist One of the main reasons I enjoyed this book so much is because the characters are all so lovable, des [...]

  16. Danielle

    I m in love with this book It was so unique and such a good story I ve read some reviews where they felt that Audrey s narration was annoyingbut I thought it was great I felt that I really knew the character through the quirky narration It seemed to me that her quirkyness might have evolved out of some learning disability she has, but I loved the play on words and this kind of secret language that she had with her father and Uncle Thoby I loved how the two of them encouraged Audrey s way of thin [...]

  17. Lana.

    I also wouldn t say no to a tortoise You probably would have difficulty refusing too when that tortoise is the sassy, intelligent, and powerful Winnifred Forced to live with a struggling thespian, Winnifred recounts better days, the ones spent travelling as a dashboard tortoise across the USA and living with current owner tenant , Audrey Flowers She was hastily dropped off when Audrey was called to return home St John s Her father was in a coma Dealing with heartbreak and not quite fitting into [...]

  18. Tiana

    When I first bought this I actually really bought it cuz it was on sale and it had a turtle on the cover, but the book ended up being alot complicated and deep then it looks This book was told in tan one perspective Firstly it was told in the perspective of Audrey Flowers However there were a few chapters where her pet turtle had some insight Despite how funny that sounds and all the humour thrown in the book you can go from laughing to having a tear in your eye Audrey herself is quite a chara [...]

  19. Rachel

    I knew I had to read this book when I read the front flap Here s a bit of information about our heroine, Audrey Flowers, which may come in handy while reading this book she applies the rules of the board game Clue to help her with many of life s quandries she s terminally afraid of flying she finds comfort in making lists, lots and lots of lists her tortoise, Winnifred, often ponders Shakespearean speeches and the nature of exponentsSet mostly in St John s, Newfoundland, where Audrey returns hom [...]

  20. ☕Laura

    I loved this book so,so much I was initially drawn to it because, having always had a fondness for tortoises, the prospect of a book narrated in part by one was too intriguing to pass up I went into this expecting a lighthearted, funny read, but found a real emotional depth beneath all the humor that took me by surprise For a book so filled with quirky characters and absurd situations there is quite an exquisite subtlety of emotion here of love and loss and fear and redemption To interweave thes [...]

  21. Stellafriq

    Jessica Grant s debut novel is the best thing I ve read this year It s about love, loss, family and home without mush or predictability Her writing is truly original humour abounds, yet it s poignant without being sentimental Everything I look for in a book is here interesting characters, surprising revelations, poetic wordplay And funny, funny, funny If you don t like this book I don t want to know you.

  22. Krista

    MIRANDA The strangeness of your story putHeaviness in meOSPEROShake it off Come on We ll visit Caliban my slave, who neverYields us kind answer.MIRANDA Tis a villain, sir,I do not love to look onOSPERO But, as tis,We cannot miss him he does make our fire,Fetch in our wood and serves in officesThat profit us What, ho slave Caliban Thou earth, thou speakLIBAN Within There s wood enough withinOSPEROCome forth, I say there s other business for thee Come, thou tortoise when In the obituary, written b [...]

  23. Mortalform

    Read this book Use each line like a climbing rope to pull your self further in Twine Christmas lights around the rope for light and read on with a sense of wonder For no one thinks like Oddly Audrey and no one else could navigate you through her losses and her loves as she does Her narrative voice is original and it makes this book It makes it wonderfully I had forgotten that the brain has geography The human brain in 1 400 cubic centimeteres of geography Our heads fit inside airplane windows fo [...]

  24. rabbitprincess

    A very lovable book with an endearing protagonist We join Audrey Oddly Flowers as she flies from Portland, Oregon, to her hometown of St John s, Newfoundland, where her dear old dad is in a coma, and her life is about to change The book is spent mostly with Audrey as she tries to come to grips with her new life and delves through her memories of the past There are also interludes spoken by Winnifred, Audrey s tortoise, who has been left behind in Portland with friends of Audrey s.Even though the [...]

  25. Dana Larose

    It was really good Very sweet, and the main character is endearing I m glad I was slow on the uptake and figured out the mystery only a few pages before Audrey did.My only small, teeny tiny complaint is a bit of an affectation in the writing style where she never uses question marks to indicate questions She also doesn t use quotations for when people are speaking, but I think I ve seen this in other modern writers I dimly recall Miriam Toews doing the same thing in The Flying Troutmans.Saw this [...]

  26. Janet Berkman

    One of the highlights of my summer reading so far, this book recounts the experiences of a young woman, Audrey, called back from the west coast US to Newfoundland when her father falls into a coma She has to leave her tortoise, Winnifred, with friends and good chunks of the book revolve around her checking in with her friends about the tortoise, and her longing to be reunited with Winnifred The remainder of the book involves Audrey s discoveries about her family in some very humorous ways.This b [...]

  27. Shonna Froebel

    This lovely first novel by Canadian author Jessica Grant has two narrators Audrey Flowers, native of St Johns, Newfoundland and lately of Portland, Oregon and Winnifred aka Iris her tortoise.Audrey gets a call from her uncle back in Newfoundland telling her that her father has been hit by a Christmas tree protruding from a passing vehicle and is now in a coma Audrey leaves Winnifred with friends although she worries about her a lot and has adventures on the way home.Once getting home to discover [...]

  28. Jennifer

    i am not really sure how i feel about this story, or rather, how to review this novel i am still digesting the read it starts out quite quirky and lightbut this is a very layered and nuanced story which has quite a serious heart i was impressed by the book, and the fact this is grant s debut novel wonderful accomplishment i am also a sucker for newfoundland literature yay i greatly enjoyed the characters, and particularly fell in love with winnifred the co narrating tortoise but by the very end [...]

  29. Janeschmidt

    I had this on my bookshelf for a couple of years before giving it a go It took a little while for me to get into it, but after about 1 8 of the way through, I found myself savouring it one chapter at a time just before bed From quirky and absolutely astute observations about things like fluffing up a mouse s bangs, and what it feels like to crawl into bed wearing your jeans not good , to the speech mannerisms like Holy lada , and I would not say no to coffee, a tortoise, etc , Audrey gets stuck [...]

  30. Megan Baxter

    I really disliked this book Like, a lot I tried to get into it, I tried to find it charming and delightful, as so many of the blurbsters seem to have In the end, it drove me crazy almost end to end For every moment where I gave a slight smile, there were many where I was nearly incoherent with irritation.Note The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smor [...]

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