Fresh off his National Book Award win, Alexie delivers a heartbreaking, hilarious collection of stories that explores the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world at large. With unparalleled insight into the minds of artists, laborers,... show more
Fresh off his National Book Award win, Alexie delivers a heartbreaking, hilarious collection of stories that explores the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world at large. With unparalleled insight into the minds of artists, laborers, fathers, husbands, and sons, Alexie populates his stories with ordinary men on the brink of exceptional change. In a bicoastal journey through the consequences of both simple and monumental life choices, Alexie introduces us to personal worlds as they transform beyond return. In the title story, a famous writer must decide how to care for his distant father who is slowly dying a “natural Indian death” from alcohol and diabetes, just as he learns that he himself may have a brain tumor. Alexie dissects a vintage-clothing store owner’s failing marriage and his courtship of a married photographer in various airports across the country; what happens when a politician’s son commits a hate crime; and how a young boy discovers his self-worth while writing obituaries for his local newspaper. Brazen and wise, War Dances takes us to the heart of what it means to be human. This provocative new work is Alexie at the height of his powers.
Publish date: October 6th 2009
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 209
Edition language: English
War dances to zbiór różnych form literackich: opowiadań, wierszy i innych trudniejszych do sklasyfikowania. Sherman pisze w swoich tekstach o rasizmie, problemach małżeńskich, kryzysie tradycji, zmianach przekonań. Mamy więc młodego Indianina, który odbywa staż w lokalnej gazecie gdzie pod czujnym o...
Suffered by comparison to Erdrich's The Plague of Doves, but I needed a palate cleanser and this was nearby. The short stories were ... okay. The poems were less than okay and didn't add anything. Generally, I like poems that play with language and are more lyrical - this kind of spare, naive stuf...
This is a compilation of poetry and short fiction. It's well written and some of the fiction is very moving.
Loved parts of this more than words can say, but grew weary of the male introspection portions.
The poems inserted between these stories are perfect breaks, preventing me from carrying one tale's plot and characters into the next without disrupting the flow of the book. As usual, Alexie pulls out the guts of a story and examines the entrails for emotional truth.