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Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven

Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven (Paperback, New edition)

By Alexie, Sherman

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Weaves characters, themes and language in 22 linked stories that evoke the complex density of life in and around the Spokane Indian Reservation. The author is one of Granta's 20 Best Young American Writers.

ISBN 9780749386696
Barcode 9780749386696
Published 7 November 1997 by Vintage
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780749386696
ISBN-10 074938669X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Publication Date 7 November 1997
International Publication Date 11 September 1997
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Alexie, Sherman
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Short Stories
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 170g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Indian reservations, Fiction, Indians of North America, Social life and customs
NBS Text Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 93098

Description of this Book

Ball games, cars, and romances: the icons and battlefields of modern life. In twenty-two linked stories, with infinite humour and pathos, Sherman Alexie explores some of the major issues of our time: the pull between the urban and the rural, the future and the past; the trials and tribulations of young adulthood; the comlex density of daily life. A modern mythmaker with a sharp eye for irony, Sherman Alexie's focus is an American Indian reservation, but his playground is the world.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review So wide-ranging, dexterous and consistently capable of raising your neck hair that it enters at once into our ideas of who we are and who we might be New York Times Book Review I laughed and laughed and couldn't stop reading... Sherman Alexie is simply one of the best new writers we have -- Leslie Marmon Silko Poetic and unremittingly honest ... The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is for the American Indian what Richard Wright's Native Son was for the black American in 1940. The Chicago Tribune
US Review With wrenching pain and wry humor, the talented Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian - and previously a small-press author (The Business of Fancydancing, a collection of poetry and prose - not reviewed - etc.) - presents contemporary life on the Spokane Indian Reservation through 22 linked stories. Here, people treat each other (and life) with amused tolerance - although anger can easily erupt in this environment of endemic alcoholism and despair. The history of defeat is ever-present; every attempt to hold onto cultural tradition aches with poignancy: Thomas-Builds-the-Fire is the storyteller everyone mocks and no one listens to; Aunt Nezzy, who sews a traditional full-length beaded dress that turns out to be too heavy to wear, believes that the woman who can carry the weight of this dress on her back...will save us all. Meanwhile, young men dream of escape - going to college, being a basketball star - but failure seems preordained. These tales, though sad and at times plain-spokenly didactic, are often lyrically beautiful and almost always very funny. Chapters focus on and are narrated by several different characters, but voices and perspectives often become somewhat indistinguishable - confusing until you stop worrying about who is speaking and choose to listen to the voice of the book itself and enter into its particular sensibility. Irony, grim humor, and forgiveness help characters transcend pain, anger and loss while the same qualities make it possible to read Alexie's fiction without succumbing to hopelessness. Forgiveness seems to be the last moral/ethical value left standing: the ability both to judge and to love gives the book its searing yet affectionate honesty. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, is the author of several books of poetry, including I Would Steal Horses, Old Shirts & New Skins, First Indian on the Moon and The Summer of Black Widows, and a volume of poetry and prose called The Business of Fancydancing.

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