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And now, from Spokane...,
This review is from: Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories (Hardcover)
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Pretty gutsy: Putting your old work next to your recent work and letting the reader compare them so easily. For Sherman Alexie, it works just fine.
Many of the stories in this volume, as always with Alexie, are vignettes, bringing us to a place or time or person and just introducing us. Others are short stories of people with needs that are met or not, filled with successes, failures, and not so easily labeled endings. As always, Alexie mostly writes from the view of Spokane Indians and their interactions on the rez and off the rez, with fellow tribe members and members of other tribes (not always Indian).
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I have read pretty much everything that Alexie has written, so it was reading about old friends and meeting new ones. In the stories, I hear Alexie's voice, telling of his experiences, of his friends' and family's experiences, and of the experiences of all of us.
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Initial post: Dec 29, 2012 1:56:00 PM PST
I particularly love the stories with "not so easily labeled endings." They're haunting. "Gentrification" has an ending that continues stick with me and will for the rest of my life. For that, I'm forever grateful to Alexie.
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