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by Sherman Alexie

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    literary.jess: Both are comprised of short stories that are unapologetically gritty, featuring characters whose voices aren't often heard in popular literature.

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I really hate sad books, especially when they're well-written and full of truths.

Sherman Alexie is full of beautiful and sad truths that relate not only to Indians, but just about everyone. They don't always make sense, but in a good way. His writing is fragmented at times, in such a sparse and succinct manner that you have to fill in a lot of the blanks yourself. This is good and bad. Good for me, because it lets me fill the blanks in with some of my own truths and stories.

All the same, I do wish I knew more about each story and each character. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Feb 2, 2016 |
I read this for my American Indian History class (in college) and I liked it a lot. It was funny, sad, and moving in the way that Alexie always manages perfectly. It was a great collection of short stories that tells stories of a young boy, Victor, who lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation. ( )
  MelanieTid | Jan 18, 2016 |
This is one of Alexie’s first publishing successes. It is a collection of inter-connected short stories. There are several recurring characters, though each story can easily stand alone. The stories focus on the Native American residents of the Spokane Indian Reservation. Thomas Builds-the-Fire is a storyteller who is frequently ignored, but is nevertheless compelled to relate his allegorical tales. Victor Joseph is another central character. We meet him in the first story as a nine-year-old trying to understand and save his parents from their alcohol dependence. Recurring themes include alcohol dependence, a desire to return to tradition, laughter shared with friends, the differences between reservation Indians and urban Indians, and, of course, basketball. Alexie began as a poet, and his writing reflects this. He has an ability to craft a phrase that will take your breath away. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
Alexie has a voice that is unique. I trust that his stories provide insight into the life of Indians in the contemporary Pacific Northwest, but I have no way to know. ( )
  Michael_Lilly | Dec 31, 2015 |
A story collection of interconnected tales focusing of many of Alexie’s memorable characters from his novels, this sometimes charming, sometimes depressing book gives insight into the desolate conditions of Native American life on the Spokane Indian reservation. Clever and insightful, the stories focus on the challenges of living when so many of his characters are limited by outside influences such as racism, government policies, and alcohol. Alexie’s sarcasm and wit shines through his characters as the hurt each other as much as they try to help each other. Readers will willingly delve into the history and familial relationships of the characters as Alexie describes journeys of recovery, disappointment, extreme poverty, love, and death. Surprisingly uplifting- though there are as many stories to cry about as there are to revel in, Alexie’s book should be on every conscientious high school student’s reading list. ( )
  MzzColby | Aug 7, 2015 |
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NOT THE SAME AS THE 1993 WORK. This is the 20th anniversary edition (2005+) with two additional stories: "Flight" and "Junior Polatkin's Wild West Show."
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In this darkly comic short story collection, Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realizxsm to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spoke Indian Reservation. These 22 interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet are filled with passion and affection, myth and dream. There is Victor, who as a nine-year-old crawled between his uncoscious parents hoping that the alcohol seeping through their skins might help him sleep. Thomas Builds-the-Fire, who tells his stories long after people stop listening, and Jimmy Many Horses, dying of cancer, who writes letters on stationary that reads "From the Death Bed of James Many Horses III," even though he actually writes them on his kitchen table. Against a backdrop of alcohol, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women,a dn most poetically, between modern Indians and the traditions of the past.

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Offers a fictional portrait of the characters, language, traditions, and daily life of those living on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

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