He spoke the stories and words that needed to be spoken and needed to be heard both inside and outside of the reservation. Reading this book will alternately make you sad and happy--that's what Life is anyway. This is what storytelling should be, telling us what we need to know that we had not realized and were even perhaps intent on avoiding.
Demonized and ignored by a "dominant" history, yes. It's pretty easy to see the promise that is to be found in this early collection of short stories, published when he was still in his twenties. The cumulative impact of the stories is to create a sense of despair.
Each story is unique, yet there is always a sense of familiarity, whether it's the presence of a familiar character, a diet Pepsi, fry bread or a basketball game. He recognizes that their dismal lives are the product of conscious choices, but that the choices are bad ones.
He breathes original life into the art of literary fiction while laying out the realities of contemporary Native American Indian existence. In response, Junior tells a story that isn't depressing.
If you've read the book then you know that it dwells on the character "Chief" and his past. Hence, these stories are infinitely readable and distressing. And go rent the movie, Smoke Signals; Alexie wrote the screenplay for it based on some of the scenes from this book, but don't expect the book to be like the movie or vice versa.
It was published by Grove Press and has a total of pages in the book. A focus on the writing process in its entirety provides a comprehensive guide to writing fiction, approaching distinct elements in separate chapters while building on what has been covered.
I felt for his finely etched characters, a handful of them--especially one named Victor, presumably the author's stand-in--recurring throughout.
What Alexie is able to do in these context of these stories is open the reader up to the complex personhood behind the stereotypes; behind the rhetoric. That's probably because the stories are desperately real and fantastical all at once.
I remember reading this as a young man in High School and how, even then, Thomas Builds-the-Fire spoke to me. 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. Taken out of context, the stories in this book seem to be jumbled up pieces of a puzzle.In this short story, the narrator is an arrogant and conceited student at a college who tries to change a girl, Polly, to fit his standards as an accessory to his success.
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Re-Vision. Worry It and Walk Away. 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.
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