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Come, thou tortoise



Item Details

Series: Book club in a bag


Genre: Humorous fiction.


  • 9780307397553
  • 9780307397546
  • 0307397548

Publisher, Date: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada : Vintage Canada, c2009.

Description: 412 p. ; 21 cm.

Notes: Canadian

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Reader Reviews

Approval Rating: 75% (3/4)
Average Rating: 4.75

★★★★☆ Come Thou Tortoise

By Patron44566 on Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:09:21

Don't let the title fool you. Yes this book is side-splitting on occasion and yes it verges on the edge of unbelievable but it never enters the world of fantasy. Oddly, Uncle Thoby and Walter and the various characters that inhabit their world on Wednesday Pond are too real to dismiss and too familiar to ignore. Behind the veneer of whimsy, the Flowers family lives exuberantly and loves deeply. Even Audrey's tortoise, Winifred, handed down from "previous tenant" to current tenant to future tenant revels in her view of the world from the dashboard of a Clint Cab or the safety of her Papier Mache castle. Write a sequel, please, Jessica Grant.


By facelikeafryingpan on Thu, 03 Jun 2010 14:50:44

This is by far one of the most captivating and whimsical reads that I have ever experienced. Audrey is lovable and funny, in a quirky way, and the tortoise is brilliant. Left me wanting more!

★★★★★ I would not say no to a second read of this novel

By Moderator81 on Fri, 19 Jun 2009 10:54:14

Audrey (Oddly) Flowers returns home in haste to Newfoundland upon hearing that her father is in a coma, leaving her pet tortoise in the care of dubious friends. Audrey's story is poignant and thoroughly engaging. Her hilarious and clever malapropisms are a delight, calling into question the assessment of her so-called low IQ.

★★★★★ Every page a treasure

By Liadain on Thu, 04 Jun 2009 14:03:38

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.

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