Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven Paperback – 11 Sep 1997
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"So wide-ranging, dexterous and consistently capable of raising your neck hair that it enters at once into our ideas of who we are and who we might be" (New York Times Book Review)
"I laughed and laughed and couldn't stop reading... Sherman Alexie is simply one of the best new writers we have" (Leslie Marmon Silko)
"Poetic and unremittingly honest . . . The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is for the American Indian what Richard Wright’s Native Son was for the black American in 1940." (The Chicago Tribune)
Twenty-two powerful stories which balance unbearable honesty about the difficulties of life in an American Indian reservation with irrepressible passion, warmth and wit.See all Product Description
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It's a very pregnant style. When you read it, you're invested with the places and the people and feeling. They're all around you.
And yet, he leaves a lot of space to the reader. There are a lot of things as a reader you have to sort out by yourself. Alexie gives you the row stuff, a very rich, textured, flavoured row stuff, but then you as a reader have to work it out and turn it into a refined idea or sensation.
So, my experience with this book, which is the first I read by Alexie, was this strange dual occurrence: he gave me a lot of what it's his, but he left space to me to put my experience in and feel in the gaps. So that our experience mix, and they have a meaning because they mix. Because in the moment I put forward my own ideas and thoughts and feelings to make sense of the story, I let his ideas and thoughts and feelings come freely to me.
I think this is the reason why, even if Alexie always tells about Indians, in a very strongly Indian way and language, from an achingly Indian outlook on the world, seen thought places which are Indian and experiences which are undoubtedly Indian, when his message comes to me it is, most of the time, a universal message.Read more ›
Unfortunately then, I started Alexie's book of linked stories around recurring characters, with certain expectations around language : beauty, sinewy muscularity, precision, multifaceted meaning or allusion in the choice of words. Some sort of sense that each word and phrase would have weight, and would fit closely and unerringly in place.
And although the matter of the stories is interesting, and though Alexie writes with warmth, passion and much heart about what it feels like, and why, to be a Native American and to grow up and live on a reservation, to deal with all the losses, to respond with resilience, anguish, pain and humour, I was waiting to find that major lyric voice.
Alexie writes with huge warmth and authenticity, does not disguise the way in which Native Americans have their expectations set low, or what it means to live in a country where your birthright was sold, or you let it go, for a mess of pottage. I appreciate the humanity within - but I just feel let down through the expectation of exceptional writing,
The undoubted warmth and heart, sadly, are not enough, and I remain a little puzzled by the accolades accorded to the writing itself, to the style. However important and worthy the content, I just wanted style as well as substance.Read more ›
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An excellent, easy read with insights into the world of the Native American. The film version (Smoke Signals) is also excellent.Published on 19 May 2014 by Bob
Many others have reviewed this more eloquently than I can. Suffice to say - I love Alexie's writing. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2010 by Paul Harris
One of the greatest voices in Native American Literature today, this his collection of short stories turns all kinds of corners with characters, images and language. Read morePublished on 18 July 2010 by Jean Kavanagh