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Ten Little Indians

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Alexie, Sherman (Book - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Sherman Alexie is one of our most acclaimed and popular writers today. With Ten Little Indians, he offers nine poignant and emotionally resonant new stories about Native Americans who, like all Americans, find themselves at personal and cultural crossroads, faced with heartrending, tragic, sometimes wondrous moments of being that test their loyalties, their capacities, and their notions of who they are and who they love. In Alexie's first story, "The Search Engine," Corliss is a rugged and resourceful student who finds in books the magic she was denied while growing up poor. In "The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above," an intellectual feminist Spokane Indian woman saves the lives of dozens of white women all around her to the bewilderment of her only child. "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" starts off with a homeless man recognizing in a pawn shop window the fancy-dance regalia that was stolen fifty years earlier from his late grandmother. Even as they often make us laugh, Alexie's stories are driven by a haunting lyricism and naked candor that cut to the heart of the human experience, shedding brilliant light on what happens when we grow into and out of each other.
Authors: Alexie, Sherman, 1966-
Title: Ten little Indians
stories
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 243 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sherman Alexie
Notes: Includes reading group guide
Contents: The search engine
Lawyer's league
Can I get a witness?
Do not go gentle
Flight patterns
The life and times of Estelle Walks Above
Do you know where I am?
What you pawn I will redeem
What ever happened to Frank Snake Church?
ISBN: 080214117X
9780802141170
0802117449
Branch Call Number: FICTION ALEXIE
Subject Headings: Indians of North America Fiction United States Social life and customs 20th century Fiction
Topical Term: Indians of North America
LCCN: 2003044832
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As ever with Alexie--complex, well-written, frank, intimate, funny, tragic, endearing, in-your-face stories. I recommend looking up the song lyrics and its history to bring more layers to your reading of the stories. (Heidi's pick)

In this book, Alexie offers nine poignant and emotionally resonant new stories about Native Americans who, like all Americans, find themselves at personal and cultural crossroads, faced with heartrending, tragic, sometimes wondrous moments of being that test their loyalties, their capacities, and... Read More »

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Alexie’s acclaimed and bestselling collection of short stories includes nine poignant and emotionally resonant stories about Native Americans who find themselves at a personal and cultural crossroads.


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Feb 03, 2013
  • hmcgivney rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is the type of literary "super-realistic-warts-and-all" style that I don't really like. But this was for a more-important-than-average book group, so I made a greater-than-average effort to finish. I didn't like the casual (and very crass) sexuality thrown in at the beginning for no real reason, but Alexie either put it in the earlier stories to weed out the undedicated, or I got used to it. However, I liked a few of the stories, and I found some lines that really resonated with me: From Flight Patterns "He invested much of his money in socially responsible funds. Imagine that! Imagine choosing to trust your money with companies that supposedly made their millions through ethical means. Imagine the breathtaking privilege of such a choice." And from The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above "I don't understand her, not then or now. She's a contradiction. She has always contained multitudes."

Jan 11, 2013
  • hiking1957 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Well, I only made it thru the 4th story. That is all I care to read. I didn't like any of the stories and I didn't care for the writing. It appears that I am definitely in the minority here but I thought the 4 stories that I did read were awful. The sexual references seemed to just be thrown in simply to show that he could and didn't seem to me to add anything of any value to any of the stories I did manage to read. I have absolutely no desire to read any more of this book. Maybe someone in one of my book clubs can convince me otherwise and if so, maybe I'll put this one on a different shelf but if not I will be more than happy to give this one back.

Dec 29, 2011
  • GuyN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Alexie is a very funny man, if you are not too thin skinned about being an "Anglo" (not his term). He also gives us insights into lives of very unusual people that we might not notice around us. I'm not a short story fan and this isn't his very best work, but any Alexie is pretty darn good, for the above reasons.

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