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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven - Sherman Alexie
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
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When it was first published in 1993, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven established Sherman Alexie as a stunning new talent of American letters. The basis for the award-winning movie Smoke Signals, it remains one of his most beloved and widely praised books. In this darkly comic... show more
When it was first published in 1993, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven established Sherman Alexie as a stunning new talent of American letters. The basis for the award-winning movie Smoke Signals, it remains one of his most beloved and widely praised books. In this darkly comic collection, Alexie brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realism to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spokane Indian Reservation. These twenty-two interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet are filled with passion and affection, myth and dream. 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, and, most poetically, modern Indians and the traditions of the past.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780802141675 (0802141676)
ASIN: 802141676
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 242
Edition language: English
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AmySea
AmySea rated it
2.0 The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven / by Sherman Alexie
It really isn't fair of me to rate or review this book, because it is very clearly not written for me. It's like asking your 100 year old grandmother to review a Metallica concert. Like asking your six year old to review sashimi. Like asking your husband to rate the pain of childbirth. Like aski...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
2.0 The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
I feel mixed about this book, which is a collection of 22 connected short stories, some in first and some in third person. The book was on a list of recommended literary fiction. Picking it up, I realized that though I've read many a book by African Americans, several assigned in school, I couldn't ...
travelin
travelin rated it
4.0 The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
The other members of the library book club were quite white with prim, stiff-lipped disapproval because of Alexie's portrayal of whites in the book, but stereotypes are possibly what made the odd assortment of characters believable.
more focus, miss mori
more focus, miss mori rated it
4.0 The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
Plot? What plot?But actually, these stories were poetic/depressing/dark/scary/quintessentially Sherman Alexie.They're also kind of the definition of post-modernism..! I'm so glad I learn stuff in English class.
SJane
SJane rated it
I thought the introduction to this was charming but the stories were just so-so. The "likeable loser" is a familiar protagonist in fiction that needs something more to sell well, and I didn't think being a Native American was in itself enough to do that.
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