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Indian Killer Paperback – July 1, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
First let me start with a warning: Alexie IS angry--he is spitting-bullets-pissed-off-angry--and this is not an easy book to read. However, Alexie is also a wonderful writer who delights in knocking the reader out of his/her comfort zone and probing sharply at his/her sense of the ironic. To me the book seethes more than it explodes--it penetrates the veneer of political correctness and exposes the fear, confusion, and rage that boils beneath the surface.
A challenging and powerful read that stays with you, Indian Killer pushes buttons--just look at the customer reviews. Most reviews speculate who the killer is, and why the killer exists, but to Alexie, I think it is less important who the Indian Killer is, than what s/he represents. The killer is a physical manifestation of racism itself--representing rage, frustration, confusion, but most of all fear. Indian Killer is a book that inspires and terrifies, is violent and righteous, is brave and despicable, and challenges the reader to reevaluate traditional notions of black and white, right and wrong. Read it with a book group and watch the speculations fly.
As a well-rounded retelling of what goes on inside people's hearts -- and how they run or wallow in their fears -- it's more like a gothic murder mystery dressed up in Indian clothes. If you don't know any of the history or the people, it's fascinating reading. But once you've finished the book, you realize, excepting the African American characters, everyone body else is one-dimensional -- even if exotic. All the "wannabee Indians" are reduced to being hypocrites or fools. Why must this be? Go into Asian or French studies, and one gains respect as a sinologist or diplomat. Similarly, the book is full of white boys and Indian boys who's only emotion is getting revenge. Yawn.
However, if you do read the work as an expose of how little we do know of the past and what masquerades as authority, the work is powerful. First off, we're tremendously ignorant about our own history. The word redskins became prominent in the 19th century because European Americans no longer could tell the First Nations apart. Take a 1,000 books on First Nations and 980 of them are the same old coffee table book on "Indians of North America" just getting recycled. Of the 20 remaining titles, 15 may provide information at the tribal level, and only 1 will be an actual biography. That leaves only 4 titles that were written by people who knew the languages.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. Interesting. A little but beat up when I got it. But otherwise great.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The search for a serial killer in the Seattle area drives the action in this novel, but the story is really about racial identity and the relations between Native and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tom Feller
Excellent. Alexi is a great writer, philosopher and poet.Published 5 months ago by Richard D. Conner
certainly not his best work....main characters are very stereotypical. writing reads slow. storyline not exceptionalPublished 8 months ago by Cynthia A. Dickinson
A little bit of a slow start, but intriguing all the way through.Published 10 months ago by Amanda Nicholas