The Toughest Indian in the World

Alexie, Sherman

Book - 2000
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Toughest Indian in the World
"In these stories, we meet the kind of American Indians we rarely see in literature -- the kind who pay their bills, hold down jobs, fall in and out of love. A Spokane Indian journalist transplanted from the reservation to the city picks up a hitchhiker, a Lummi boxer looking to take on the toughest Indian in the world. A diabetic Spokane child waits for his father to return from the hospital; the kid has "nearly normal blood sugar, a bag full of hypodermic needles, and half of his left foot." An estranged interracial couple, separated in the midst of a traffic accident, rediscover their love for each other. A white drifter holds up an International House of Pancakes, demanding a dollar per customer and someone to love, and emerges with $42 and an overweight Indian he dubs Salmon Boy. Sherman Alexie's voice conveys remarkable passion, and these stories are love stories -- between parents and children, white people and Indians, movie stars and ordinary people. Witty, tender, and fierce, The Toughest Indian in the World is a virtuoso performance by one of the country's finest writers" -- publisher website (June 2010).

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2000
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780802138002
Branch Call Number: FICTION ALEXIE 2000
Characteristics: 238 p. ;,21 cm


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A collection of love stories -- between parents and children, white people and Indians, movie stars and ordinary people. Witty, tender and fierce.

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Jan 22, 2015
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic short stories about the North American Indians that we rarely meet in literature: the middle and upper class professionals, the bureaucrats, and poets falling in and out of love and struggling to find their true identity. Told with great passion and humour.

Dec 23, 2014

This is a worthwhile read. Sherman Alexie is a good storyteller. His stories stay with you. You won't be disappointed.

Jul 30, 2014
  • imaqtpie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Really good collection of short stories. While the tribes and locations kind of repeat themselves, the people and struggles faced are all very different. I especially recommend the last three stories. John Wayne, set in the future as a sociologist records the memories of the last Native American, is reason alone to pick up the book.

Sep 08, 2013
  • rangitkacha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely wonderful!! Must read. The stories that will stay with me for a long time are Saint Junior and A Good Man. Alexie's stories reflect life's true nature: we are constantly floating through moments of joy, sorrow, happiness, struggle, excitement, enlightenment and beauty. I plan to read all of Alexie's works.

Jul 04, 2013
  • DanceFiddler rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Another collection of short stories, this one grimmer in tone than some of the others. “The Sin Eaters” is positively horrific. Yet, as I’ve come to expect from Alexie, the writing is earthy and beautiful, and the stories stick with you and make you think. This collection leaves me unsure how to react, except to read everything the man has ever written.

Jun 29, 2011
  • EllenDobrowolski rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Terrific collection of short stories, ranging from sweetly adorable to crushingly depressing. I would especially recommend the stories St. Junior, The Toughest Indian in the World, and (if you're up for it) The Sin Eaters. Gorgeous work.


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