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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
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Apr 15, 07

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Recommended for: anyone interested in past and contemporary struggles of american indians
Read in January, 1999

alexie's most famous book. was developed into the indie-movie hit smoke signals. a collection of inter-connected short stories that follows a few central characters through reservation life in the latter half of the 20th century. american indian myth, religion, and traditional culture all are addressed by alexie as he attempts to find a place for them in contemporary life. also, the paradox (and alexie seems to argue, at times, crutch) of the reservation is exposed. alexie's prose is wonderful and his descriptions apt for their subjects (dream sequences, drunk sequences, lonesome sequences). no answers are given, or even attempt to be given by alexie. this collection simply gives the reader an idea of what growing up as an american indian on a reservation may have been like in the past 30 years.
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