Mass murder, loss of language and land rights. There is Victor, who as a nine-year-old crawled between his uncoscious parents hoping that the alcohol seeping through their skins might help him sleep.
The Alexie magic is in balancing the bitter with the sweet; showing us that in the midst of desolation there is also room for resilience, for humor, for trust--for hope. Here is one of my favorites: In the commonweal of pain, it was a further demonstration that "you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy.
Probably the best-known story from this collection is "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona," made into the film "Smoke Signals," about the quirky and unlikely companionship between two young Indians who drive to Arizona to retrieve the remains of the dead father of one of them.
I think that Alexie would want his readers, both Indian and white, to laugh "like a mandman. The first thing that struck me about Alexie's writing is that although there is much humor, it is a kind of humor that elicits guilty laughter: There is love and caring and pride and intelligence right next to the stuff one might consider ugly.
Like Tonto, for better or worse, he makes a place for himself in the white man's world. The white waitress who wouldn't take an order, Tonto, the Washington Redskins.
It is a great, quick read, and a wonderful way to pass an afternoon. Alexie acknowledges more readily now the autobiographical nature of these stories in many ways and it is in him we see not just Vincent but Thomas. Significant detail ; Filtering ; The active voice ; Prose rhythm ; Mechanics: Blume on Jun 07, I initially picked this book up for two reasons--I liked Alexie's novel, Indian Killer, and more importantly because I live in Spokane, WA and have traveled extensively through the Reservations and towns that are described in the stories.
But they still survive, human as the rest of us--with faults, foibles, and feelings, nightmares and dreams--and they're championed by one of their own, a writer with a singular voice who tells modern day Indian stories with clarity, style, perception and wit.
This particular edition is in a Paperback format. The mix of grief, suppressed rage, and wry humor in these 22 stories cuts through to universals underlying all cultures.
This is the book to read when you ask yourself, "What author haven't I ever read before? Taken out of context, the stories in this book seem to be jumbled up pieces of a puzzle.
Then there's "A Good Story," about the loving, mutually respectful relationship between an old man and a boy.Materials and Lessons for Teaching “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” by Sherman Alexie Created by Megan Pankiewicz, Curriculum Designer for The English Teacher’s Friend.
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