When Alexie is at his best, his stories function at a profoundly sad level, where broken down characters are broken down even more, but are fierce-willed enough to attempt Phoenix-like transitions. Unfortunately, the weakest stories appear first, where characters and situations seem far too contrived or forced, the dialogue wooden, and questions or exclamatory sentences appear annoyingly in bunches. In the last half of the book, a married couple, once intensely in love but now lost in life's routines, deal with infidelity ("Do You Know Where I Am?"); a bright basketball prospect attempts a comeback--twenty years after giving up the game ("Whatever Happened to Frank Snake Church?"); and a transient Indian finds his grandmother's regalia in a pawn shop and seeks to quickly raise the lofty purchase price ("What You Pawn I Will Redeem"). Brilliant turns of phrase abound, such as ceremonies being "pitiful cries to a disinterested God," or when a gym rat plays against "Basketball-Democrats who came to the court alone and ran with anybody and Basketball-Republicans who traveled in groups of five and only ran with each other." Ten Little Indians is an uneven collection, but contains some significant, memorable stories. --Michael Ferch --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book is very powerful it make you think, laugh, cry and feel pain.
Within each short story, Alexie manages to build both characters and plots that are highly convincing and ordinary, despite the remarkable nature of them.
This is the best writing I've seen from Sherman Alexie since The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven.
My husband and I are sharing this book in bed on lazy weekend mornings. The author is so talented and amazing, we are often exclaiming, WOW !" over some passage there. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SCARED SPITLESS in Coos Bay,OR
Mr. Alexie never fails to make me laugh. He also never fails to make me cry. Often his stories cause me to do both at the same time.Published 7 months ago by dllallie
Ten Little Indians gave me a new view of contemporary native Americans. Ten stories of the real challenges facing Indians living in America today.Published 8 months ago by Perriwinkle
Needed it for a class, but really enjoyed his story telling. Great sense of humor! Good read!Published 8 months ago by Copswife2011
YES Native people STILL EXIST and Sherman Alexie is a master at his craft. The stories provide depth to the characters and one comes away with so many insights on both the human... Read morePublished 9 months ago by World Reader
Painfully beautiful, Alexie's ability to capture the concepts of the challenges Native Americans face in their attempt to identify themselves is a marvel. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Maura Bailey
very interesting book, thoughtful, different than the typical book....my husband is reading Sherman Alexie too.
Highly recommend...good poetry, easy to read.
Lots of good stories in this book. Most are funny, but some are sad. Overall, the stories made me think and were entertaining!Published 16 months ago by janebennet
Ten Little Indians is a gem of a book that sat unread on my book shelf for a long time, perhaps too long. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bradley L Kautz