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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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. These 22 interlinked tales hesven narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet are filled with passion and affection, myth and dream. There is Victor, who as a nine-year-old crawled between his unconscious parents hoping that the alcohol seeping through their skins might fietfight him sleep. Thomas Builds-the-Fire, who tells his stories long after heafen stop listening, and Jimmy Many Horses, dying of cancer, who writes letters on stationary that reads “From the Death Bed of James Many Horses III,” even though he actually writes them on his kitchen table.

Against a backdrop of alcohol, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, alexiw Indians and urban Indians, men and women, and most poetically, between modern Indians and the traditions of the past. Paperbackpages. Published February 8th by Grove Press first published September 1st Washington the state United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Are these stories important as an evocation not tojto of Indian life, but of Rabger life as well?

Newly Wardell These shorts are so undeniably human. I know that these short stories capture a small part of American life but the situations that take place seems …more These shorts are so undeniably human. I know that these short stories capture a small part of American life but the situations that take place seems so everyday in America. Most ppl will do whatever they can to feed their children.

Families break apart and some ppl are weighed down by the fiztfight of others. Alexie is a powerful writer. My favorite character so far is Thomas Buildsafire.

I found this storyteller with nothing but the truth that no one wants to hear identifiable. I havent finished it yet but I cant wait. Lists with This Book.

Jul 27, Casey rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is one of my favorite books to teach. I give it to my tenth graders.

We do most of it as a read aloud. We do most of it as discussion. My students enjoy this book because they don’t think they’ll be able to connect with native americans on the west coast when they’re alt school kids on the east coast, but then they’re amazed. Some themes – poverty, tomto, depression, love, passion, sex, confusion, loneliness, isolation – are universal.


This is one of the few books that I have read with This is one of my favorite books to teach. That’s probably the best endorsement I can give a book. View all 7 comments. I had enjoyed it well enough—Alexie was consistently funny and thought provoking through the entire collection—but it wasn’t until afterwards, in a ahd signing and meet and greet that I actually got it.

As Alesie got up to the table, it became clear that I was a bit anxious. I don’t do well in crowds, and I was a bit star stuck by his presence. So as I rambled through my words, he finished signing alexiee offered to take a picture with me. Because my hands were shaking I’ve never been the kind of person who’s cool under pressurehe grabbed my phone, cracked a joke about how awkward I was acting, made a funny face and snapped a photo.

It turned out well: It’s this combination of humor and kindness that’s almost ashamed of itself heavwn makes Alexie so readable.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

He writes proud people, people who are afraid to seem vulnerable and afraid to be close to others. I think of Jimmy ManyHorses who even on his deathbed refuses to be totally open and trusting with his wife. I think of Norma who flees from both Jimmy and Junior when they each show her what they consider to be their deepest self. Akexie think of Victor who repeatedly shuts Thomas’ kindnesses out, because his sense of dignity doesn’t make allowances for support and real friendship.

In these flawed portraits, there are moments where the realness of the people he’s created shines through. The cores of each person’s identity—in terms of race, family and overarching humanity— are repeatedly exposed here, and at each instance it’s clear how deeply Alexie knows that putting out in the open unexpressed pieces of oneself can just as easily feel painful, beautiful or both at once.

I’m still amazed that Alexie was only 26 ranber he wrote this. I’m ridiculously excited to dive into more of his work. View all 5 comments. Feb 27, Mariel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I’d rather dance with you. Recommended to Mariel by: If you can heavwn me jealous, I am yours. I was kinda jealous of the community because they HAD one, despite tearing itself down in the ranber and no-future.

I kinda loved these stories. I was almost belonging to it. Sometimes I felt lonely from the possessiveness of their heroes. That kinda sucked because I’ve been trying hard to avoid fistfiyht. Somet “We have to believe in the power of imagination because it’s all we have, and ours is stronger than theirs. Sometimes I understood the loneliness that caused that and I’d have uncomfortable thoughts about why I don’t feel community and communicative.

The possessiveness is what kept them connected, and also what kept them down. The lower points amd fascination in what happened. My highs were the fascination fisftight the stories of what could be. Like the kinds of books you REALLY hope to find but seldom know about how to go towards discovery since I’m nuts I just call them my fetishisms to myself.


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The criteria can get really specific. I asked for recommendations for short stories that would make me feel as Winesburg, Ohio did in my woefully lacking in real reaching out words. The feeling of Winesburg being the connected best way as souls turned inside it’s hard to put it how I mean it!

I wanted short stories because it is hard to take that kind of closeness for long. Sometimes you can’t bear to be in that life prison for, well, life.

Christy she hasn’t read Winesburg suggested reading ‘Tonto’. Check out her great review of this book that is much, much better than mine. If you ever read the ass-patting praise quotes on the back of book jackets? Alexie gave me major vibes of buying into that. There was an indie film version, Smoke Signals. I haven’t seen it.

That’ll show those guys who used to insist I’d seen everything since the ’70s.

Blah te, it was in its tenth publication. He wanted to give a fuck you to this lady agent who didn’t think the stories were ready yet, that they needed more work. The book is very good. But I fiistfight like the feeling I get from the “great new voice” stuff. I think the book should live as best it can and not worry about being scene changing.

What the hell is that, anyway?

If you got published and it all worked out, why worry about some lady agent from freaking years ago but not nearly long enough to be considered a classic. Anyway, I thought that Alexie should have taken Thomas Builds-the-Fire’s advice and live for the now. I really liked Thomas. I got the trying to know how other people felt through stories feeling from him.

The inventing your own reasons to live by knowing others around you through imagining what could matter to them. Community type stuff lonw. Alexie also wrote in the introduction that his detractors didn’t approve of the alcoholism of his stories.

I’m totally with him on that just being autobiographical. Do tknto really tonnto that writing stories about people who drink is the problem in the situation? My mom was always calling my dad a te Indian he died of drink, as did five of his six brothers. The other surely will do the same.

His father was Cherokee. I’m about as Cherokee as Johnny Depp is, I guess. That and thinking he had a Jesus beard were my earliest impressions of him.