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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
by Sherman Alexie

Published: 2005-02-08
Paperback : 272 pages
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When it was first published in 1993, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven established Sherman Alexie as a stunning new talent of American letters. The basis for the award-winning movie Smoke Signals, it remains one of his most beloved and widely praised books. In this darkly comic ...
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(When it was first published in 1993, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven established Sherman Alexie as a stunning new talent of American letters. The basis for the award-winning movie Smoke Signals, it remains one of his most beloved and widely praised books. In this darkly comic collection, Alexie brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realism to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spokane Indian Reservation. These twenty-two interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet are filled with passion and affection, myth and dream. Against a backdrop of alcohol, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women, and, most poetically, modern Indians and the traditions of the past.

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Who was your favorite character? How did they change from story to story?
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What is your impression of life on the reservations after reading this collection?
by nadjaj (see profile) 07/27/10

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  "An Interesting Read, but maybe not the best Alexie?"by nadjaj (see profile) 07/27/10

Our group ranged from a 10 to a 6.5 with most people rating it about an 8. We found some of the themes a bit repetitive but overall liked the poetic writing -- these are not poems but short stories that... (read more)

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