Ten Little Indians: Stories
Sherman Alexie is one of our most acclaimed and popular writers today. With Ten Little Indians, he offers nine poignant and emotionally resonant new stories about Native Americans who, like all Americans, find themselves at personal and cultural crossroads, faced with heartrending, tragic, sometimes wondrous moments of being that test their loyalties, their capacities, and their notions of who they are and who they love.
In Alexie’s first story, “The Search Engine,” Corliss is a rugged and resourceful student who finds in books the magic she was denied while growing up poor. In “The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above,” an intellectual feminist Spokane Indian woman saves the lives of dozens of white women all around her to the bewilderment of her only child. “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” starts off with a homeless man recognizing in a pawn shop window the fancy-dance regalia that was stolen fifty years earlier from his late grandmother.
Even as they often make us laugh, Alexie’s stories are driven by a haunting lyricism and naked candor that cut to the heart of the human experience, shedding brilliant light on what happens when we grow into and out of each other.
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I read this book for school. I only picked it because it was the shortest book and I wanted it to be over quickly. I completely regretted that decision. All of the stories are about Spokane Indians, all of the stories are about sex, and all of the characters have some chip on their shoulder. After you read two or three, you realize that they are all the same story: a self-pitying Spokane Indian, either misunderstood by family, or misunderstood by everyone else. Also, throughout the stories, if you are a fan of James Carville, Mary Matalin, Tucker Carlson, Bill O' Reilly, George W. Bush, any other Republican or Democrat, or any white people at all, and are sensitive about those people, let me forewarn you: he bashes them all. And, as un-American as it is, he mocks the 9/11 terrorist attacks in one of his stories, and tries to justify those attacks by saying that many bad people died in those towers, and that "it only existed in film and photos". I got tired of listening to this guy's whiny crap, and got tired of reading the same story 9 times. The only reason I finished was so I could get my assignment out of the way. I didn't like any part of this book, maybe because I'm one of the people that he tries to mock, maybe because he's a sex-obsessed, unimaginative, self-pitying author who seems to have some sort of problem with everyone else but himself and his tribe.
The Search Engine
Can I Get a Witness?
Do Not Go Gentle
The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above
Do You Know Where I Am?
What You Pawn I Will Redeem
What Ever Happened to Frank Snake Church?