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Tortuga: A Novel

25th Anniversary Edition

Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya's personal journey to Tortuga began 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.
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Tortuga is 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.
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In celebration of the twenty-five years since the first edition of Tortuga was 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.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Rudolfo Anaya, widely acclaimed as one of the founders of modern Chicano literature, is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico. He is best known for the classic Bless Me, Ultima.

ACCLAIM

"A highly emotional tale of a young soul who turned from a turtle into a human all within the span of 200 pages."

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ROYAL: Reviewers of Young Adult Literature



"A compelling story of a young man who suffers and learns to make peace with who he is, Tortuga has that touch of magic, of fantastical characters, of dreams as real as sunlight, associated with the best of Chicano literature."

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Roundup Magazine



"Explores the significance of pain and suffering in a young boy's life and the importance of spiritual recovery as well as medical."

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Hispanic Outlook



" Tortuga is one of those rare works that speaks to the human condition across time and space, and it well-deserves to find a new generation of readers."

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Southwest BookViews




6 x 9 in. 208 pages