Tortuga: a novel
Set in a hospital for crippled children, this novel explores one of the most difficult and troubling aspects of life-the meaning of pain and suffering. The adolescent hero, Tortuga or Turtle, takes his name from the oddly shaped mountain near the hospital and from the rigid cast that enclosed his body. In spite of incapacity, disfigurement, and neglect, Tortuga discovers the courage to transcent tragedy.
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The anguish and suffering in the story are difficult to endure, but the magic of the words and the soulful search found within entwine the reading tightly with Tortuga as he seeks healing, solace, and answers to ageless questions about suffering and the purpose of life. The suffering of the other children torments and haunts him, but with the aid of a few inspired children, he comes to a spiritual understanding of the connectedness that binds all humanity together. Classroom uses: selected passages may be used as springboards for discussion