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The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto

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Imagine a world where the American government signed a conservation act to "restore all indigenous flora and fauna to the Great Plains," which means suddenly the Great Plains are Indian again. Now fast-forward fourteen years to a bowling alley deep in the Indian Territories. People that bowling alley with characters named LP Deal, Cat Stand, Mary Boy, Courtney Peltdowne, ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published September 4th 2003 by Fiction Collective 2 (first published 2003)
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Edward Rathke
Jul 01, 2011 Edward Rathke rated it it was amazing
I've read this little novel four times, and each time I learn more and more what truly happens within the pages.

At first read, I was, to be honest, pretty lost, but I enjoyed it so much that it didn't seem to matter. Experimental or innovative is what I'd call it, and it'll lose some readers, but Jones keeps the prose clever and strong, punctuated by real humor that begins almost immediately, which is no easy task.

With each read, the story's become clearer, the fun and the tricks more fun. It'
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Kyle Muntz
Mar 14, 2013 Kyle Muntz rated it really liked it
An amazing book. If this had been written 20 years earlier, I'd like to think that Stephen Graham Jones would be considered one of the canonical postmodernists. It's fractured, stylish, surreal; with elements of sf, spiritualism, mythology; and also, maddeningly difficult. I like to think of myself as being good at reading difficult novels, but to be honest, on a first read, I hardly understand this one at all: the characters, most of what they were trying to do, and especially how the pieces ...more
Travis
Jul 22, 2016 Travis rated it really liked it
This book is a puzzle. And it requires a skill set and maybe a skill level that a lot of is maybe don't have. It's not a monograph, it's a manifesto, which I interpret as a challenge to what a novel--any novel, but especially the American Indian novel--can be. So, it's out there, as in, 1) it's weird and 2) it's somewhere other American Indian novels haven't been before. In some ways, this is more like Sesshu Foster's ATOMIK AZTEX than it is Silko's CEREMONY (though that's there too). So here's ...more
Laura
Jul 27, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
At the moment I am only giving this three stars because I only understood about half of what was going on. I mean, I read a lot of postmodern stuff, and I have read a lot of difficult novels, but I was definitely not prepared or in the right mindset to read this. It is definitely one of those books that I will need to read again so that I can understand it more. Perhaps, then, my rating will change because I do think that there is some really beautiful and thought-provoking prose in here. I am ...more
Jonathan Cromwell
Sep 18, 2012 Jonathan Cromwell rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
The narrative style can make it quite confusing but it still manages to be very engaging. Definitely worth a read.
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Oct 24, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
Be ready to carry your mind out of body into the place many people have gone before without knowing if they will ever come back. Then read this book slowly and carefully. You will never forget it!
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Recommends it for: the philosophical type, who might me interested in an alternative for natives.
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Stephen Graham Jones is the author of fifteen novels and six collections. He really likes werewolves and slashers. Favorite novels change daily, but Valis and Love Medicine and Lonesome Dove and It and The Things They Carried are all usually up there somewhere. Stephen lives in Boulder, Colorado. It's a big change from the West Texas he grew up in. He's married with a couple kids, and probably one ...more
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