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The Business of Fancydancing: Stories and Poems Paperback – May 1, 1992
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- Susan M. Olcott, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., Ohio
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
At Navajo Monument Valley Tribal School
The Business Of Fancydancing
Dead Letter Office
Eugene Boyd Don't Drink Here Anymore
Father Coming Home
The Fausto Poems: 1.
The Fausto Poems: 10.
The Fausto Poems: 11.
The Fausto Poems: 2.
The Fausto Poems: 3.
The Fausto Poems: 4.
The Fausto Poems: 5.
The Fausto Poems: 6.
The Fausto Poems: 7.
The Fausto Poems: 8.
The Fausto Poems: 9.
Indian Boy Love Song: 1
Indian Boy Love Song: 2
Indian Boy Love Song: 3
Indian Boy Love Song: 4
Morphine And Codeine
No Drugs Or Alcohol Allowed
November 22, 1983
The Reservation Cab Driver
Reservation Love Song
Some Assembly Required
Spokane Tribal Celebration, September 1987
War All The Time
When I Die
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®
Top Customer Reviews
Those who consider themselves New Age may not care to venture into this work unless thick-skinned and self-aware.
Then again, maybe the children of the New Age SHOULD read this remarkable window on the world of Sherman Alexie. Enjoy.
The Business of Fancydancing: Stories and Poems is Alexie's first published work (from 1991). As the subtitle suggests, the book is considered a collection of stories and poems. However, since most of the stories are less than five pages I think a fair argument could be made that the five stories are actually prose poems instead of stories. That might just be me though.
Like any of Alexie's other writing, this collection includes instances of beauty as well as sadness. In the opening story "Travels" a hungry youth is told to make a jam sandwich by taking two slices of bread and jamming them together (unless a wish sandwich is more to his liking). This image recurs often in the collection.
After reading The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and The Toughest Indian in the World, I must admit I had my doubts about Alexie's short stories--they never seemed as engaging as his novels. That isn't a problem here even though all of the stories are much shorter than anything found in his later collections. Very like the poems, Alexie's stories here are bare bones.Read more ›
The prose piece "Gravity" is an excellent example of Alexie incorporating a personal component into his poems. "Gravity" showcases the complex relationship between the love of a son and father with the reality of the dysfunction of that very relationship. The piece includes flashbacks and present time that gives glimpses of the nature of the father/son relationship and how it may have developed into a son who hasn't returned in years and a father who keeps a scrapbook of his son.Read more ›
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Sherman Alexie is a national treasure. His stories and poems can be funny and heartbreaking...sometimes in the same story.Published 4 months ago by Virginia Al-Rikabi
Here we have Sherman Alexie's very first published work, a book of poetry with a few short stories thrown in. I have read several of Mr. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Neodoering
My retarded teacher at UT Arlington made us read this absolutely culturally polarizing garbage. Maybe the dumbest book I have ever read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Julian
I am a fan of Sherman Alexie and I absolutely enjoyed reading this good as I have his other books. I think anyone who is interested in reading about modern day Native American... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
The book is good, but Sherman Alexie's following works are much better. This sort of reminds me of a person's notebook or journal of creative writing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by ritarose
Wonderful first book of mixed stories and poetry. Excellent work!Published 22 months ago by Kenny A. Chaffin
My Grandfather was full blooded Creek Indian so this was information I enjoyed to learn more about Indian life in the early years. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Auntycon