Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is a collection of twenty-two linked short stories about Native Americans. Alexie’s stories have. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Sherman Alexie, Author Atlantic Monthly Press $21 (p) ISBN The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven is what is referred to as a collection of short stories. It could also be seen as a memoir by Sherman Alexie made.

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The book opens with “Every Little Hurricane” which describes the turbulent relationship of Victor’s parents,and the atmosphere of the reservation. It’s great to show that to students. At the same time, Alexie brings an extreme level of humor and compassion to these characters, making their hardships bearable to the reader. Sent millions of icy knives through the air, each specific and beautiful. On the experience of reading his past work years out from its completion, he himself remarked that he once declared: These stories could be used in a course focusing on Native American writers and the effects of reservation life on contemporary Natives.

I had enjoyed it well enough—Alexie was consistently funny and thought provoking through the entire collection—but it kn until afterwards, in a book signing and meet and greet that I actually got it. The duality and complexity that I’ve found in his other lon and short stories was missing for me in this collection. Jul 10, Anita rated it it was amazing. Because each “chapter” is a complete story in itself, much like The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, one could extract one of the stories as a supplement to a larger piece of work.


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That’s probably the best endorsement I can give a book. Archived from the original on That’s why short story collections are so hard to review, for me, because they can be pretty uneven or inconsistent like this one.

It has thoughtful questions for the reading of the text. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven

Alcoholism and discrimination run rampant in the lives of these Native Americans, who endlessly try to find their identity amidst a nation that wants to take it away. He wanted to give a fuck you to this lady heavsn who didn’t think the stories were ready yet, that they needed more work.

While on the reservation, there always seemed to be drums in the air. A tepid 3 stars for this collection. Jan 28, Jendimmick rated it it was ok. Imagination is the only weapon on the reservation” Three other equally good Alexie novels: I got the trying to know how other people felt through stories feeling from him.

Everything from a biographical entry to a page from which you can buy his books is included in this, the official sherman alexie site. But I don’t like the feeling I get from the “great new voice” stuff.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

This site is worth a look. He also wrote and co-produced the movie Smoke Signalswhich featured an all-Native cast, crew, and creative team, and was based on several of the stories collected in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

Three young Indian men try a new drug together, one that tje them visions of a glorious past horse stealing, music, danceonly to be warned in the end against the seductive appeal of this past as Thomas tells them “not to slow dance with [their] skeletons” But that’s like saying, “I like the cover of that book,” but never opening it and reading it, or opening it only to find out it’s in a language you can’t understand.


I’m still amazed that Alexie was only 26 when he wrote this.

Imagine every Indian is a video game with braids. I wish general joe-public had more of a grasp of what growing up Native American is like instead of applying the age-old stigmas of uneducated diabetic drunks who run the casinos and play BINGO. Even if the characters don’t seem to have hope, I want to hope for them. It is a hope that dares not look into the future at the expense of the present or the past.

The style in different stories ranged from naturalistic to near-post-modern. Retrieved from ” https: In many cases the stories don’t appear to be very literal. As Cistfight is showing us stories of drunk relatives and hunger, of racism and failure, there remains a pride in the culture, in elements like Indian dancing and what this signifies.

We do most of it as a read aloud. This collection of short stories from is rangfr poignant collage of Native American life on the reservation. It’s got that Alexie mix of sad and funny, full of quirky details, some mundane, some magical. The first time I picked it up I read a few pages and decided I wasn’t in the mood to read it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.