Book Review – The Inconvenient Indian – Thomas King



  •    Book: The Inconvenient Indian
  •    Author: Thomas King
  •    Genre: Non-Fiction
  •    Year of Release: 2012
  •    Read 288-page paperback edition in August 2016.

Book Description:

This non fiction account by Thomas King is a carefully studied, and deeply personal, examination into history and circumstances of Indigenous people in Canada and the United States of America. King uses wit, sarcasm, and dry humour to illustrate just how ridiculous past and present situations are for Indigenous peoples. He points out major concerns and admits to serious worries about the past, while also trying to draw possible opportunities for future improvement.

Book Review:

This book by the scholarly, knowledgeable King is a fascinating read. King raises issues we may be aware of from North American history, but gives us additional context to question whether we truly know the whole story. His ability to bring forward substantive issues that we need to be aware of and thinking about more often is truly important at this time in North America.

King provides great context of similarities and differences between Canada and the United States, but neither country looks good when considering Indigenous relations and affairs.

What really makes this book work is that King is never afraid to raise and explore important, sometimes uncomfortable issues, past and present.  At the same time, in using a sarcastic, humourous approach, King creates a setting where the reader is motivated to read onwards, chuckling and shaking the head while learning some important lessons. King’s use of humour is skillful and successful. His injection of personal experiences and people from his life also adds depth to the book.

This is an important book of learning that is recommended for everyone, particularly for non-Indigenous North Americans, who can be motivated to learn and build better relations with Indigenous peoples around them.

Overall: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars