The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (20th Anniversary Edition) (Paperback)

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (20th Anniversary Edition) (Paperback)


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There is a short story toward the middle of this collection called "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona." Begin there if you decide to try out this book. I have yet to read such a moving or beautifully constructed short story—its central edict to "take care of each other" is an incredibly essential message.

The collection of stories follows Victor and Thomas in their lives on the Spokane reservation in Washington. They navigate their histories, communities, relationships, triumphs, and traumas as they grow and come of age. Alexie's language is a raw and powerful poetry, as he also writes poems. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1998 film Smoke Signals based on these stories, and it's a truly delightful classic.


— From Brittni

"Alexie's prose startles and dazzles with unexpected, impossible-to-anticipate moves. These are cultural love stories, and we laugh on every page with a fist tight around our hearts."--The Boston Globe

"Poetic and unremittingly honest . . . The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is for the American Indian what Richard Wright's Native Son was for the black American in 1940."--Chicago Tribune

Sherman Alexie's celebrated first collection, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, established its author as one of America's most important and provocative voices. The basis for the award-winning movie Smoke Signals, it remains one of his best loved and widely praised books twenty years after its initial publication.

Vividly weaving memory, fantasy, and stark reality to paint a portrait of life in and around the Spokane Indian reservation, this book introduces some of Alexie's most beloved characters, including Thomas Builds-the-Fire, the storyteller who no one seems to listen to, and his compatriot, Victor, the sports hero who turned into a recovering alcoholic. Now with an updated introduction from Alexie, these twenty-four tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet they are filled with passion and affection, myth and charm. Against a backdrop of addiction, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between men and women, Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, and, most poetically, modern Indians and the traditions of the past.
Alexie is a poet, novelist, and screenwriter. He has won the Pen/Faulkner Award, Stranger Genius Award in Literature, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, and the Malamud Award.
Product Details ISBN: 9780802121998
ISBN-10: 0802121993
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: October 8th, 2013
Pages: 304
Language: English