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گوش درونیام دامدام صدا میکرد.
چند سوسک در سر من جولان میدادند؟
دکترم گفت: «باید از گوش و مغزت امآرآی بگیریم تا شاید بفهمیم چه اتفاقی برایت افتاده است.»
شاید؟ این کلمه مرا به وحشت انداخت.
مگر چه بلایی سر کلهی نکبت من آمده است؟ نکند آببندهای مغزم ویران شده باشد؟ آیا قرار است در سرم سیل راه بیفتد؟
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Published 2011 by انتشارات مروارید (first published January 1st 2009)
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Madeline
Apr 18, 2013 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I haven't read any Sherman Alexie since The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian back in college, and I had forgotten how much I missed him. Another reviewer, when writing about this book, called Alexie's work "honest", and I think that's really the best description of this little collection of short stories and poems (there's even a chapter where Alexie gives us a poem he wrote about his father and then deconstructs all the lies in it). Not all the stories are fantastic, but most are lov ...more
Bean
Oct 12, 2009 Bean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bean by: Sherman Alexie
Loved it.


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So, on Sunday I went to see Sherman Alexie read from his new book, War Dances, at Wordstock09, and it was nothing short of great. If you’re unfamiliar with him I’d recommend any of his books, but my favorite so far is still his young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a mostly hilarious coming of age story of growing up on a reservation, but going to an all white private school.

One of the great parts of his reading that that he told stories to segue into
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William Thomas
I don't suffer from white guilt. So I'm not one to blow smoke up an author's ass for the simple fact that they are black or Asian or American Indian. I won't go easy on a writer for the simple fact of their ethnicity. But I will praise them when they deserve it and damn it all if Sherman Alexie doesn't deserve all of my praise.

I know that sounds strange with the three star rating. The book wasn't perfect by any means. What it was was honest. Completely unabashed honesty. Not stories from a writ
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Mari Butler
Nov 22, 2011 Mari Butler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first saw Sherman Alexie as a featured guest author on an episode of The Colbert Report. At the time he told Stephen Colbert that he didn’t want his books on the Kindle. He felt that it compromised the integrity of the book because it wasn’t written in ink on paper and could be altered. I thought it was interesting that he was Native American and he was resisting technology to preserve traditional publications. I got both the hardcover copy and the audio book of “War Dances” from the library s ...more
Jennifer (aka EM)
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 stuff only works when it's clearly integrated into the rest of the collection - these didn't seem to be so.

I found the whole thing a mish-mash, lacking any clear focus or overall point of view. The quality
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Nicole
Oct 20, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who can easily transition from laughter to tears
Oh Sherman, you somehow manage to make me feel like a friend, an enemy, a racist, and a coconsipirator all at the same time. You evoke emotions and then distance me from them. Oh the experience of reading a Sherman Alexie book! OH the experience of hearing him speak live.

Reading the purportedly non-autobiographical (lies!) short stories and poetry of War Dances, I felt like Sherman was standing naked in front of me saying, "Look! This is me! See this blemish? Look closer!" It was not always the
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Christina Rau
Having fallen in love with Sherman Alexie's writing style and themes, I picked up War Dances, a collection of his short stories. That's what its label says, but that's not really what it is. This collection has stories, but it also has poetry and even fragments that are in the form of Q&A that tell a story through the juxtaposition of question content and incongruent answers. Alexie's emotional description of alcohol abuse on reservations and the often overlooked difference between white and ...more
Randy
May 27, 2010 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Driving through Doghill, Arkansaw the other day, I just happened to dodge one of the numerous canine fucks that inhabit the roadside there when the Sherman Alexie poem that opens this book popped into my head deranged as it was with fresh groud, dark roast, bartered in the sex trade, shade grown by anthill coffee:

The Limited

I saw a man swerve his car
And try to hit a stray dog
But the quick mutt dodged
Between two parked cars

And made his escape...

Why do poets think
They can change the world?
The only
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Rob
Mar 07, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever find you really like a book but don’t have much to say about it? So it is with Sherman Alexie’s War Dances. It is, in typical Alexie fashion, a gracefully written collection of short stories and poems that manages to be insightful not just about what it means to be Native American in the 21st Century, but how personal identity is a profoundly unreliable thing that nevertheless greatly influences the way we get by in the world. Each piece is – if I can use such a word without fear of ridicul ...more
Danny Shelton
Oct 12, 2010 Danny Shelton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
War Dances is a book best read in one sitting for no other reason than the likelihood that a reader wouldn’t want (or need) to stop reading it in the first place.
Sherman Alexie is a Spokane Indian, and Grove Press published the book in 2009.
The book follows a general pattern and is divided up into sections, making the book very fluid and easy to read, with a length of just over 200 pages. Roughly, the sections begin with a poem, are followed by a short story, then a sort of interview with the
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Milka
May 15, 2016 Milka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Sherman Alexie's War Dances is a fairly short and extremely entertaining collection of short stories and poetry. It was also my first experience with Alexie's prose, since he was familiar to me only as a screenwriter of the brilliant film Smoke Signals (1998), a comedy/drama directed by Chris Eyre.

After taking a postcolonial theory and an ethnicity in North American film classes I have become increasingly interested in Native American voices and representation. I have seen my fair share of West
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Emily
Feb 18, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book I've read in a long time. And I got to listen to Alexie read it himself. These are (some of) the themes that are important to Alexie, infused in his life and this collection of poems and short stories: truth, music, identity, rage, sex, storytelling itself, nationalism/imperialism/capitalism, grief, loss. Maybe I love Alexie and everything he touches because all of these things are fascinating to me too.

Not all, but many of my strongest friendships were cultivated after I
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Tyler Hill
Sep 04, 2011 Tyler Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Sherman Alexie is one of those authors that, for a while now, I've felt like I should check out. He's a fellow Seattleite, and when I've heard him speak on NPR and other places, I've generally found him pretty entertaining to listen to. That said, I also tend to be wary of authors who's subject matter could be described as one-note... and with most of his novels titles featuring the word "Indian" in them, I was concerned it might be the case with his writing.

With that in mind, this book (or "mi
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Mark
Oct 17, 2009 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first experience reading Alexie, even though I've known about and admired him for years. He moved to Seattle and started writing in the early '90s -- about the same time I did moved here, so I feel an affinity with him for that reason. However, he is also the kind of accessible writer that appeals to you on a down to ear level. You feel like he's your friend even though you've never met him. His writing is effortless to read, it flows and twists and takes you on a trip. It makes you l ...more
Brenda
Nov 10, 2009 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ss
If you've never read Sherman Alexie, please do not start here. Get a copy of Tonto and the Lone Ranger Fist Fight in Heaven or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian ASAP. These works will make you laugh and cry and marvel at Alexie's genius. Established fans will most likely read this one, and although the short stories and poems are well written, might find War Dances lacking that wry humor and force that Alexie's other works carry.

P.S. Sherman Alexie - when I read Flight, I thought
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Kit
May 10, 2014 Kit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining collection of stories by Alexie, told with the wit and honesty he is known for as a poet. I have been reading through his work as a start to increase my understanding of the Native American experience, particularly here in Washington. My partner has a family history linked to the Coeur d'Alene Native Americans, and I would like to understand as much as I can. His body of work alone has introduced me to so many concepts that I was completely unfamiliar with in my public school e ...more
George
Aug 19, 2010 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sherman-alexie
TOO DEPRESSING.

“After our earliest ancestors crawled out of the oceans, how soon did they feel the desire to crawl back in?” (l. 1718)

Sherman Alexie is an extremely gifted storyteller with a penchant for hopelessness. His collection of well written stories and poems, War Dances, despite moments of wry and sardonic humor, offers the reader mostly futility, wrought with existential angst.

“Does a holy song lose its power if its singer is untalented?” (l. 452)

Recommendation: Of course you should r
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Nate
Mar 25, 2016 Nate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I always forget how great Sherman Alexie is until I pick up another one of his books. War Dances is a concise powerhouse of hilarity, emotion, bitter truth, and even more bitter revelations about history and the American experience. Alexie proves to be a master of the short form here, featuring poems, essay-like meditations, and short stories. The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless (which is the inspiration for the red Pumas on the cover) might be the funniest, most intelligent heartbreaker I've read in ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Sherman Alexie can say a lot in so few words, it is hard to pinpoint why these poems and short stories are so touching. I will not forget the story about his father and the blanket. Other favorite bits include "Home of the Braves" and the musings on music in "The Ballad of Paul Nonetheless." The story itself (Paul) was disturbing, but I was caught up in the embedded philosophy.
Courtney Umlauf
Short stories and poetry aren't normally what I'm drawn to, but I'll read pretty much anything by Alexie. He combines pain and humor so effortlessly. I can't think of another author who does this quite so well.
Joy
Apr 30, 2016 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-a-z
This is the first book I have read from Sherman Alexie. I have to say the first 80% went really quick. It was hilariously funny, raw, to the point, frustrating and more. I enjoyed this read.
Meghan Fidler
For my untrained and unpublished tastes and pleasures, Sherman Alexie is at his best while he is mixing genres. I adore the short story "War Dances," which combines interviews, poetry, multiple choice questions, and narrative to produce a sense of disconnected time and emotions for the reader. "War Dances" is not only filled with exemplars of this writing style, it is also filled with people: real characters developed in the difficult tandem of well paired action and thought.
An example of such
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Amber
Oct 15, 2009 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sherman Alexie’s classic short story, “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” makes you feel as though someone has Kung-Fu gripped your heart, just really squeezed the hell out of the thing. In the immortal words of John Mellencamp during his prolific “John Cougar” phase, Alexie’s writing hurts so good. , Alexie’s latest collection of short fiction, poetry, autobiography, and genre defying acrobatics, is no exception.

In “On Airplanes” one of War Dances longer poems, the speaker complain
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Jinny
I’m damn glad not to be Paul Nonetheless, who doesn’t want to be forgotten. Or the senator’s son. And I wish that – without the diabetes and alcoholism and decades of disappointment – I could hear my father sing a beautiful death song. A real one.

That’s how affecting is Sherman Alexie’s ‘War Dances.’ This collection of stories is arresting in its honesty, vulnerability, and extraordinary expression of the ordinary lonely, the confused, the lusty, the scared, the fully human in so many dimension
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Aneesa
Sep 07, 2011 Aneesa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
The first story in this collection, "Breaking and Entering," is a strong narrative which I heard performed on the radio by an intense actor. It tells some truths. I appreciate those times, here and in his other work, when Sherman Alexie gets right to the heart of the matter. "Breaking and Entering" is about racism. "The Senator's Son" is about homophobia and politics. They're both about trying to be good and do right and not succeeding. They contain some subtleties, but they also don't beat arou ...more
Katarzyna
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 okiem dziennikarki uczy się pisać nekrologi, syna senatora, który musi nauczyć się wielu rzeczy o winie i odkupieniu, czy też niewiernego małżonka, który po portach lotniczych szuka nowej miłości swoje ...more
Sara Habein
Aug 03, 2010 Sara Habein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Sherman Alexie, I will forever be pilfering the phrase “terminally nostalgic.” When I saw him read back in December, I asked him how he felt about seeing the places he has written about disappear over time. He said that he was constantly thinking about what was no more, even down to the now-closed doughnut shop where he worked for three weeks, and that as a Spokane Indian, nostalgia will always be a part of who he is.

Because of this, Alexie’s work is forever filled with a sense of long
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Jeffrey May
Jul 04, 2012 Jeffrey May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In War Dances, Sherman Alexie blends poetry, short stories, and experimental vignettes into a strangely cohesive and brilliant work of fiction. His “soft” prose wields the impact of a sledgehammer, and he creates literary magic. Lesser writers often look foolish attempting what Alexie makes look easy.

For example, “Fearful Symmetry” appears to be a semi-autobiographical tale, as Sherwin Polatkin, a serious fiction writer, becomes demoralized by Hollywood phoniness. Polatkin loses his will to writ
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jeremy
Nov 03, 2009 jeremy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
sherman alexie is a swell guy. he's funny, creative, antagonistic, self-deprecating, and unabashed. these qualities are evident in his writing, and make for a refreshing, enjoyable read. war dances, alexie's newest collection of short stories, short pieces, and short poems, is an entertaining work. while i don't find any of it to be extraordinary, per se, there certainly is much to like. of the stories, "breaking and entering," "the senator's son," "the ballad of paul nonetheless," and "salt" st ...more
Wyatt
Apr 18, 2010 Wyatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's nice to have my favorite Washingtonian renaissance man back in the adult fiction world after a few great children's books. Now, he's not only a writer/ poet/ spoken word champ/ screenwriter/ film director, but a DJ of sorts as well. The Nick Horby-style mixtape approach of this book suits Alexie--Tonto and the Lone Ranger was like that already (collage-like, delivered in snippets), even though mixtape fiction wasn't specifically what S A was going for back then. He's a "DJ" also the sense t ...more
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Sherman J. Alexie, Jr., was born in October 1966. A Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, he grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, WA, about 50 miles northwest of Spokane, WA. Alexie has published 18 books to date.
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